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About Us2017-07-13T09:13:14+00:00

OUR HISTORY

Manifattura di Domodossola was established in 1913 by Giuseppe Polli to produce ropes and lines for ships. The company survives through both World Wars and, in order to keep abreast with the times, shifts towards the production of “light textiles”: small braided items, trimmings, and cords.

The Seventies mark a decisive step for the company, and with the arrival of the founder’s grandson Manifattura di Domodossola takes on a new course: the major investments in technological innovation and on-site research made by Giuseppe Polli lead to the production of the first elastic belts in the world. The years go by and the company becomes more and more specialized, inventing the first industrially produced leather tubular braid with the evocative name of “PRIMA” (“The First”), a real symbol of the company and still a bestseller today.

Manifattura di Domodossola becomes world leader in braided articles and a privileged partner for all international fashion brands searching for 100% Made in Italy products. As an evidence of the fact that the company is a family-run business, in 2007 Giulia and Silvia, Giuseppe’s young daughters join the company to support their father’s leadership.

From the very beginning, every generation has marked a new course and the current female leadership makes no exception, with the launch of two new brands: OXILLA and ATHISON.

OUR BRANDS

For over 100 years Manifattura di Domodossola has been an undisputed leader in the production of braided semi-finished products for leather goods, apparel, furniture, jewellery and footwear. Always looking to the future, while still anchored to the values and traditions of its local territory, at the beginning of its second century of activity, the company inaugurates two new business divisions which lend their names to its brands: OXILLA and ATHISON.

OXILLA:
The term OXILLA appears for the first time in 700 A.D. to indicate the city of Domodossola. It was chosen as a tribute to the place where the Group’s first factory was located. The brand produces materials and items for luxury interior decoration, giving prominence to products that have been used for decades to decorate prestigious stores, yachts, airplanes, private residences and hotels. The decision was taken to offer customers the company’s professional skills and hundred-year-old experience in a continuously evolving sector, such as the interior decoration market. Thanks to technological innovation, to the creativity of our staff and to the high quality of raw materials, the company has managed to win the challenge of producing items and accessories for hotels and restaurants, starting from its historical products.

OXILLA:
The term OXILLA appears for the first time in 700 A.D. to indicate the city of Domodossola. It was chosen as a tribute to the place where the Group’s first factory was located. The brand produces materials and items for luxury interior decoration, giving prominence to products that have been used for decades to decorate prestigious stores, yachts, airplanes, private residences and hotels. The decision was taken to offer customers the company’s professional skills and hundred-year-old experience in a continuously evolving sector, such as the interior decoration market. Thanks to technological innovation, to the creativity of our staff and to the high quality of raw materials, the company has managed to win the challenge of producing items and accessories for hotels and restaurants, starting from its historical products.

ATHISON:
ATHISON is the brand dedicated to fine leather goods: it produces belts, bracelets, small accessories and luxury purses, business and travel bags. ATHISON is the ancient name of a sacred river that flows down from the Alpine glaciers across Val D’Ossola, leading into Lake Maggiore. ATHISON is a synonym of elegance and refinement: our master craftsmen assembly each and every part of the objects by hand, paying the utmost attention to all details.

ATHISON:
ATHISON is the brand dedicated to fine leather goods: it produces belts, bracelets, small accessories and luxury purses, business and travel bags. ATHISON is the ancient name of a sacred river that flows down from the Alpine glaciers across Val D’Ossola, leading into Lake Maggiore. ATHISON is a synonym of elegance and refinement: our master craftsmen assembly each and every part of the objects by hand, paying the utmost attention to all details.

OUR FACTORY

A covered area of 8,000 m2 with thousands of machines, a 10,000 m2 garden, a three-storeys glass office building, a museum area and a showroom: this are Manifattura di Domodossola’s state-of-the-art facilities situated at Villadossola in Piedmont, near the border with Switzerland, 120 km away from Milan.

The company hosts the entire production chain: by managing all processing operations we can proudly state that our products not only are “Made in Italy”, but also “Made in Manifattura di Domodossola”. A wing of the plant hosts the braiding machinery and the large looms where Manifattura Domodossola’s famous braids are made, whereas another wing houses the leather processing and yarn waxing department.