Silk is a fabric everyone wishes to wrap themselves with during summer. It has been so for centuries – but one excellent silk laboratory, founded in Veneto over a hundred years ago, Bocchese, is now telling us that the association of silk and summer is over.
Focusing on innovation and new technologies Bocchese has invented Soie d’hiver: a craftsmanship that turns silk into a soft and bright fabric that is very similar to cachemere. The project began in 2011, a piece of cloth was run through a machine by mistake: one that normally is not used for silk. The result of the coincidence was a soft and very thin voile that inspired the team to further explore the possibilities the mistake had opened before them.
Later in the year Soie d’hiver was born, and the CEO Michele Bocchese insisted for it to become a patent: “I think it’s fundamental for companies to ward their research, their know-how, their studies… I recommend it to others and tried to make it happen for Bocchese, if we don’t protect what we create it becomes impossible to grow and innovate”.
The CEO is very well aware a patent cannot protect inventions from being inspirations for other brands – however the patent did set a milestone, allowing his company to become the trendsetter and making it explicit that the others were following.
Bocchese is already working on a special and top-secret fabric for this summer: “Our products are not for everyone. Each and every single one has a story behind. And I’m talking about archives, huge books full of trials and heritage, but it is also about our competences – that allow us to mix creativity, exclusivity and real craftsmanship”.
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