EUROPEAN UNION: Cerruti has collaborated with the British men’s wear designer Lou Dalton on a short fashion film. Directed by Nick Leary, the black-and-white film was shot at Lanificio Cerruti’s mill in Biella, Italy and at Dalton’s London studio. It lays bare Nino Cerruti’s love for wool, and highlights the bond between the man, the mill and emerging design talent.

“The identity of wool can become strong in different variations, from the very fine tweed wool to the very fine merino,” Cerruti said. “The flexibility of wool has created incredible reach – you can do the most interesting and different kinds of fabric.”

Cerruti also believes there is no retirement age for a designer, and mixing age and youth is key. “I think the collaboration between worlds that have a lot of history and a lot of tradition…and the freedom of thinking of young people is an ideal match,” he mused.

Dalton, who referenced the film in her spring-summer 2016 collection, said wool has impacted her designs. “I’ve always been obsessed with wool,” said Dalton, who has worked with Cerruti for the past three seasons.

Lanificio Cerruti was established in 1881, and in the film Cerruti explains how he started going into the mill at age 10 when his father felt the summer holidays were too long. Cerruti still goes into work every day, and inspects the fabric as it’s made.
An exhibition called “Mr. Nino,” celebrating Nino Cerruti, is to open on June 16 at the Marino Marini Museum.