A history of excellence and tradition
that renews itself over time
Nicki Colombo originated from Giuseppe Colombo’s initial idea in 1991, from his passion for colours and accessories in wool and other precious yarns.
Behind this brand is a much longer story, consisting of experience and knowledge passed down with passion from father to son.
It is the story of the Colombo family and the Tessitura la Colombina. It began as a silk factory in 1895 with Angelo Colombo and continued as a textile factory with the introduction of hand looms in the Nineteenth Century. A story rich in changes, from generation to generation, which has never lost its pulsating heart: high quality Italian craftsmanship.
Angelo Colombo began his career in the world of silk working for the company “Ratti” in Como.
Angelo acquires and directs his first silk factory in GallieraVeneta (PD) and becomes a silk producer. He later takes over the silk factories in Chignolo Po (PV) and Villa Romanò (CO).
Mario, Angelo’s son, completes the construction of the silk factory in Badoere (TV), making it the first large company to be established in the area, employing more than 120 spinners.
Erina, Mario’s wife, introduces the hand looms. From 1952 onwards (almost all the Italian silk factories are closed down), this new challenge projects the company into the world of fashion, working with the brand “Tessitura la Colombina”.
Giuseppe, Mario’s son launches Nicki Colombo brand. A line of fashion accessories which give further vigour to the quality of Italian craftsmanship and design.
The fourth generation begins with Mario, together with his father Giuseppe, creating a new synergy of networks and connectivity, aiming at local, ethical and sustainable production.
Carlo, Mario’s brother, renovates the Nineteenth Century hand looms, unused for twenty years, and puts them into working order, beginning a production for a niche of highly fashionable accessories and textiles. He builds the basis for a “collection of looms” and a school for textiles in constant evolution.
The two brothers, Carlo and Mario, take on the complete management of the company, in close cooperation with their mother Nicki (Margareth). They start new working relationships for style, marketing strategies and product development, actually setting up a research and development office dedicated to hand weaving, collaborating with various institutes, among them the IUAV of fashion in Venice.