By  on January 29, 2009

LONATE POZZOLO, Italy — Vittorio Solbiati donned disheveled chic long before it became fashionable.

Strolling through his eponymous 134-year-old mill on a chilly winter’s day, he wears an ivory jersey jacket two sizes too big, layered over a vintage blue linen shirt, striped tie, violet cashmere cardigan, baggy beige cords and maroon Paul Smith sneakers. Not the sort of garb normally seen on a textile industrialist, but Solbiati is unlike other Italian weavers.

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