Perfectly matching with the trend of sportswear and activewear, our research aims at the design of special fabrics, bonded, laminated, resin-coated any many more.
The creation of new fabrics with exceptional technical qualities, suitable either for outerwear/activewear brands and fashion “prêt-à-porter” trends.
The theme of sustainability is gaining more and more importance within the collection of ITS ARTEA. Among the latest innovations there are fabrics woven with recycled yarns, obtained with new and innovative techniques, through the recovery of old finished garments, from plastic waste from the ocean, from corn and from other renewable sources used to produce our technical membranes.
This reflective item was developed starting from a water repellent and down proof nylon quality. The fabric is printed with a design – made by an ad hoc printing system – of glass microspheres which, when dazzled by a light, generate an amazing reflective effect. All the qualities presented with this technique are covered with a particular resin that guarantees resistance to water and to rubbing, allowing the pattern to keep its appearance unaltered over time.
Specifically, through the 'Progetto Luce', ITS Artea, supported by Alteray technology (Biasiotto Group), has developed an avant-garde article linked to the concept of 'photosensitive' applied directly on the yarn. A technique that allows to obtain customizable fabrics thanks to the wide range of variations. The excellence of this process allows to create coloured an 3D surface by mixing photosensitive yarns with others, jacquard fabrics which once exposed to a UV light will show different colours and designs. This innovative technique until today was workable with digital effects only.
A type of particular weaving has been studied to produce jacquard fabrics with a polyurethane yarn dyed. A further finishing is applied to give more light and resistance to these special fabrics suitable for ready to wear and accessories
ITS Artea was founded as a company whose production activities were dedicated to the footwear market.
It diversifies its business, entering new areas of fabrics, new finishing, starting the production of synthetic furs, always maintaining a high quality standard.
ITS Artea discovered a process that led the garments to fade easily, creating a worn effect that was difficult to digest and understand by the client for the time. It was the forerunner of a concept that is still contemporary today. In fact, the Stone Island brand was born with a collection of seven outerwear in six two-tone shades of a double-sided industrial canvas that will take the name of Tela Stella. That garment, washed with stone ("Stone Washing"), will be confirmed as a great success, overcoming conformism and following the needs of the youth countercultures of those years.
The collaboration between ITS Artea and Massimo Osti for the development of new products and new finishes leads in 1986 to a development for the brand C.P. Company of a wool fabric with the highest waterproofness and windproofness characteristics, maintaining its breathability. To achieve the desired result, ITS Artea developed, after several trials, a porous rubber coating that can be seen inside the garment. In 1987 the impulse towards experimentation gave birth to two new registered trademark materials: Rubber Flax and Rubber Wool. Inspired by traditional English sportswear, these fabrics were developed to give new technical properties to these noble materials, allowing them to be used in the sports segment thanks to the natural rubber coating.
The company definitively entered the Crespi Group in 1998, getting in touch with the most prestigious brands in the luxury market.
In 2008 ITS Artea was acquired by Colombo Group and moved to the Fino Mornasco headquarters in the Como area.
In 2023 ITS Artea celebrates 75+ years with a celebratory stand at Milano Unica.