MILAN — A return to fancy fabrics has been a boon to Federico Aspesi.
The more-than-century-old weaver, based north of Milan, specializes in gussying up its fabrics with embroidery, flounces, needle punching and applications. Such fancy cloths have been sidelined by the fashion industry for several seasons, while sleek tech textiles ruled the runways. But the fashion world is always ready to usher back a trend, explained Antonio Aspesi, the mill’s product manager and export director.
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