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April 11, 2017

First stop - Como, Italy

 

 

Down a quiet street in a small village just on the border of Como is where you will find the heart of our operation, our family run workshop, our ditta. Our workshop has been within our family since Nonna started the whole thing herself some 50 years ago. She moved away from the sunshine of her home in Sicily and made her way up North to Como for bigger and better things. There, in the basement of her home, she started to craft artisanal ties by hand. Soon enough, her son Giuseppe joined her during her craft and after enough time learning Giuseppe attempted to make his very first tie with his own hands. Then and there Giuseppe had found his niche and grew to love and master the craft.

After the basement got too small and her business was picking up Nonna decided to upgrade. She opened up the first family Laboratorio in 1979. From that point on it’s been history, family history to be exact. Giuseppe joined the Laboratorio from the beginning right by his mother’s side and never looked back. Now, some 50 years after the first Laboratorio openedwe have moved into a newer and bigger sustainable workshop, increased our team from Nonna alone to a group of artisans, and a third generation of family has joined the business. Though time has passed and logistical changes have occurred with our Laboritorio the manner of which our business is done has not changed, it still runs with the same passion and care as Nonna ran it on her first day.

Our workshop now has a team of 15 artisans who have been the caring and skilfull hands carefully crafting our pieces for many years. As we craft a collection of varied products each and everyone of our artisans has a crucial job to do which requires the skills of a true artisan.

When you enter the workshop you’ll first be greeted by a wall of photos from various travel destinations all over the world. If you look closer you will see that these are all family holiday photos. You couldn’t have expected a family factory to not have some make-you-blush childhood photos out for everyone to see.

After turning the corner you will find yourself looking at the lines of desks and work tables covered with colourful fabrics and tools. Organization is essential in this business but, let's be honest, this is easier said than done. After weaving through the sewing machines and other tools you’ll find a wall full of fabric rolls. You'll find fabric from years ago, brand new fabrics, one of a kind fabrics, last of their kind fabrics, and everything in between. Perhaps you could see this as hoarding but this is far from the case, this collection is more like a museum showcasing fabrics throughout time, making for a great stock for us to upcycle in our pieces instead of the fabric being wasted.

This concept of upcycling materials is just one of the ways we bring sustainability into our workshop. We've also installed solar panels to power our entire workshop, we work as much as possible with our hands versus machines, and we have a small garden around our factory to bring some much-needed greenery to the workshop neighboorhood. As opposed to the usual far away factories and long distance shipments, our dedication to using solely local materials and producers allows us to go and meet our producers face to face and bring home our products ourselves, which is greener and much more personable in the long run! 

Behind the museum of fabrics, you’ll find the knitting part of our workshop. Shelves of spindles of various threads of vivid colours take up the majority of this section. There are 14 knitting machines total in our workshop. Each one of these machines crafts unique knits that can only be reproduced by that specific machine, using specific mechanical codes designed and implemented by our artisans. After the machine is done knitting, the product is inspected and all the following production steps are done by hand. 

Walking through our workshop is something of a sensory overload; with all of the varied colours, fabrics, machines, tools, artisans, materials and of course our family golden retriever, Whiskey! There's no way we could introduce our family factory without giving a moment of appreciation to Whiskey. He keeps smiles on everyone's faces and is a big ball of love and tail wags that has won Employee of the Month every month since 2007.

We hope you enjoyed your tour of our workshop. Watch this space for more Meet The Artisans features introducing you to all our artisan workshops as well as more specific posts on the crafts themselves.

Grazie!

The 40 Colori Team 



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Size Guide

BLAZERS

Our blazer design B01 is tailored in a rather slim and short Italian fit with relatively narrow shoulders and a good degree of waist suppression. If you are in between sizes consider sizing up.

If you are unsure of the correct size to order please email our customer service at customer-service@40colori.com. We are happy to help!

All measurements are flat on garment and in centimeters:

IT 44 IT 46 IT 48 IT 50 IT 52 IT 54 IT 56 IT 58
Half-chest 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62
Half-waist 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58
Shoulder width 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49
Back length 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80
Sleeve length 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68
When ordering a made to order blazer, you have the option to adjust the back and/or sleeve length for an extra £100. You can include the required changes in the note box at checkout. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that all the changes are possible. At this point, we will also send you a payment link for the extra fee of £100. *Please note that any adjustment will make the purchase a final sale.

OVERCOATS

Our overcoat design C01 is tailored for a rather slim and straight fit along the body, while still retaining enough space for layering underneath. The shoulders and sleeves are wide and roomy to allow plenty of movement even when layering. Being slim along the body, if you are in between sizes, consider sizing up.

If you are unsure of the correct size to order please email our customer service at customer-service@40colori.com. We are happy to help!

All measurements are flat on garment and in centimeters:

IT 44 IT 46 IT 48 IT 50 IT 52 IT 54 IT 56 IT 58
Half-chest 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64
Half-waist 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62
Shoulder width 42 44 46 47 48 49 50 51
Back length 76 77 78 79 80 82 84 86
Sleeve length 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68
When ordering a made to order overcoat, you have the option to adjust the back and/or sleeve length for an extra £100. You can include the required changes in the note box at checkout. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that all the changes are possible. At this point, we will also send you a payment link for the extra fee of £100. *Please note that any adjustment will make the purchase a final sale.

SHIRTS

Our classic shirt design CS01 is tailored with back darts and rather narrow shoulders for a regular slim fit. There is plenty of length in the body and sleeves to fit most body types. The fit is true to collar size, however, if you are normally in between sizes, consider sizing up.

If you are unsure of the correct size to order please email our customer service at customer-service@40colori.com. We are happy to help!

All measurements are flat on garment and in centimeters:

Collar size IT IT 36 IT 37 IT 38 IT 39 IT 40 IT 41 IT 42 IT 43 IT 44 IT 45 IT 46
Collar size UK 14 14 1/2 15 15 1/2 15 3/4 16 16 1/2 17 17 1/2 18 18 1/2
Half chest
48 50 52 54 56 57.5 59 61 63 65 67
Half waist 42.5 44 45.5 47 49 51 53 55 57 59 61
Shoulder width 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53
Back length
77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87
Sleeve length
63.5 64 64.5 65 65.5 66.5 67.5 68.5 69.5 70.5 71.5
When ordering a made to order shirt, you have the option to adjust the back and/or sleeve length for an extra £50. You can include the required changes in the note box at checkout. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that all the changes are possible. At this point, we will also send you a payment link for the extra fee of £50. *Please note that any adjustment will make the purchase a final sale.

TROUSERS

SLIM TROUSERS

Our slim trousers design P01 has a high rise and fits rather slim around seat and thigh with a visible tapering of the leg. The fit is slim but not excessively, preventing it from being too tight or unconformable. They fit true to size, however, if you are normally in between sizes, consider sizing up.

If you are unsure of the correct size to order please email our customer service at customer-service@40colori.com. We are happy to help!

All measurements are flat on garment and in centimeters:

IT 44 IT 46 IT 48 IT 50 IT 52 IT 54 IT 56 IT 58
Waist 40 41.5 43 44.5 46 48 50 52
Front rise 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29
Thigh 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
Knee 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5
Bottom 18 18.5 19 19 19.5 19.5 20 20
Our RTW and MTO slim trousers are sold with an unfinished hem so that you can adjust the length to perfection. If you'd rather receive your slim trousers already hemmed and ready to wear, we can help you at no extra cost. You can include the required inseam length in the note box at checkout and also specify whether you want fixed turn-ups and their height. *Please note that any adjustment will make the purchase a final sale.


COMFORT TROUSERS

Our comfort trousers design P02 has a high rise and a relaxed fit around seat and thigh with a gentle taper below the knee. They fit true to size, however, if you are normally in between sizes, consider sizing up.

If you are unsure of the correct size to order please email our customer service at customer-service@40colori.com. We are happy to help!

All measurements are flat on garment and in centimeters:

IT 44 IT 46 IT 48 IT 50 IT 52 IT 54 IT 56 IT 58
Waist 40 41.5 43 44.5 46 48 50 52
Front rise 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29
Thigh 31.5 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5 37.5 38.5
Knee 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5
Bottom 19.5 20 20.5 21 21.5 22 22.5 23
Our RTW and MTO comfort trousers are sold with an unfinished hem so that you can adjust the length to perfection. If you'd rather receive your comfort trousers already hemmed and ready to wear, we can help you at no extra cost. You can include the required inseam length in the note box at checkout and also specify whether you want fixed turn-ups and their height. *Please note that any adjustment will make the purchase a final sale.

KNITWEAR

FLAT KNIT SWEATERS

Our flat knit sweater design KW01 is tailored for a comfortable and relaxed fit with plenty of room on the shoulders, body and sleeves. The fit is true to size and the length is standard, however, if you are particularly tall or have long arms, consider sizing up.

If you are unsure of the correct size to order please email our customer service at customer-service@40colori.com. We are happy to help!

All measurements are flat on garment and in centimeters:

IT 44 IT 46 IT 48 IT 50 IT 52 IT 54 IT 56 IT 58
Half chest
48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62
Half waist 39 41 43 45 47 49 51 53
Shoulder width 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43
Back length
64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78
Sleeve length
59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66
When ordering a made to order flat knit sweater, you have the option to adjust the back and/or sleeve length for an extra £50. You can include the required changes in the note box at checkout. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that all the changes are possible. At this point, we will also send you a payment link for the extra fee of £50. *Please note that any adjustment will make the purchase a final sale.


WAFFLE KNIT SWEATERS

Our waffle knit sweater design KW02 is tailored for a slim fit along the body and sleeves. The waffle knit is rater loose and stretchy allowing for enough comfort and movement despite the slim fit. However, compared to your usual size, consider sizing up.

If you are unsure of the correct size to order please email our customer service at customer-service@40colori.com. We are happy to help!

All measurements are flat on garment and in centimeters:

IT 44 IT 46 IT 48 IT 50 IT 52 IT 54 IT 56 IT 58
Half chest
42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56
Half waist 41 43 45 47 49 51 53 55
Shoulder width 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43
Back length
63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
Sleeve length
60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67
When ordering a made to order waffle knit sweater, you have the option to adjust the back and/or sleeve length for an extra £50. You can include the required changes in the note box at checkout. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that all the changes are possible. At this point, we will also send you a payment link for the extra fee of £50. *Please note that any adjustment will make the purchase a final sale.


RIBBED CARDIGANS

Our ribbed cardigan design KW03 is tailored for a rather relaxed fit along the body and sleeves, leaving enough room for layering underneath. The ribbed knit features a good stretch, allowing for even extra comfort and freedom of movement. The fit is true to size and the length is standard, however, if you are particularly tall or have long arms, consider sizing up.

If you are unsure of the correct size to order please email our customer service at customer-service@40colori.com. We are happy to help!

All measurements are flat on garment and in centimeters:

IT 44 IT 46 IT 48 IT 50 IT 52 IT 54 IT 56 IT 58
Half chest
45 48 51 54 57 60 63 66
Half waist 35 38 41 44 47 50 53 56
Shoulder width 35 37 39 41 43 45 47 49
Back length
63 65 67 69 71 73 75 77
Sleeve length
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68
    • Half chest is from pit to pit
    • Half waist is at the narrowest point right above the ribbed hem
    • Shoulder width is at the widest point
    • Back length is along the center back, from base of the collar to hem
    • Sleeve length is from shoulder to sleeve cuff
    When ordering a made to order ribbed cardigan, you have the option to adjust the back and/or sleeve length for an extra £50. You can include the required changes in the note box at checkout. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that all the changes are possible. At this point, we will also send you a payment link for the extra fee of £50. *Please note that any adjustment will make the purchase a final sale.

    WAISTCOATS

    CLASSIC WAISTCOATS

    Our classic waistcoat designs V01 (without lapel) and V02 (with lapel) are tailored for a slim fit along the body with a good degree of waist suppression. The button adjusters in the back allow to further take in the waist by up to 2.5cm in the half measurement. The body length is standard for a three piece waistcoat. The fit is true to size, however, if you are normally in between sizes or are particularly tall, consider sizing up.

    If you are unsure of the correct size to order please email our customer service at customer-service@40colori.com. We are happy to help!

    All measurements are flat on garment and in centimeters:

    IT 44 IT 46 IT 48 IT 50 IT 52 IT 54 IT 56 IT 58
    Half chest
    46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60
    Half waist 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58
    Shoulder width 31.5 32.5 33.5 35.5 36.5 37.5 38.5 39.5
    Back length
    57 58 59 60 62 64 66 68
      • Half chest is from pit to pit
      • Half waist is at the narrowest point
      • Shoulder width is at the widest point
      • Back length is along the center back seam, from base of the collar to hem
      When ordering a made to order classic waistcoat, you have the option to adjust the back length for an extra £25. You can include the required changes in the note box at checkout. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that all the changes are possible. At this point, we will also send you a payment link for the extra fee of £25. *Please note that any adjustment will make the purchase a final sale.


      MANDARIN WAISTCOATS

      Our mandarin waistcoat design V03 is tailored for a rather slim fit along the body with a subtle degree of waist suppression. The button adjusters in the back allow to further take in the waist by up to 2.5cm in the half measurement. The shoulders are wide and the body long in order to make this waistcoat more suitable as an outer layer. The fit is true to size, however, if you are normally in between sizes, consider sizing up.

      If you are unsure of the correct size to order please email our customer service at customer-service@40colori.com. We are happy to help!

      All measurements are flat on garment and in centimeters:

      IT 44 IT 46 IT 48 IT 50 IT 52 IT 54 IT 56 IT 58
      Half chest
      47.5 48.5 50.5 52.5 54.5 56.5 58.5 60.5
      Half waist 46.5 47.5 49.5 51.5 53.5 55.5 57.5 59.5
      Shoulder width 34.5 35 36.5 38 39.5 41 42.5 44
      Back length
      57.5 59 60.5 62 63.5 65 66.5 68
        • Half chest is from pit to pit
        • Half waist is at the narrowest point
        • Shoulder width is at the widest point
        • Back length is along the center back seam, from base of the collar to hem
        When ordering a made to order mandarin waistcoat, you have the option to adjust the back length for an extra £25. You can include the required changes in the note box at checkout. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that all the changes are possible. At this point, we will also send you a payment link for the extra fee of £25. *Please note that any adjustment will make the purchase a final sale.

        BELTS

        If you are unsure of the correct size to order please email our customer service at customer-service@40colori.com. We are happy to help!

        All belts are measured from the base of the buckle to both the smallest and widest of the five holes. This range represents the proper circumference of the belt when buckled and it is measured excluding the buckle:

        M L XL
        Centimeters
        84-92 92-100 100-110
        Inches
        30-35 36-39 40-43
        IT sizes
        44-48 50-54 54-58
        Waist sizes inches
        30-34 36-40 40-44
            We do not carry a size S in our RTW belts. However, we are available to cut any of our belts to your required length prior to shipping, free of charge. You can include the required length for the belt in the note box at checkout (there are many ways to measure the length of a belt so we kindly ask you to also specify how you took your measurement). *Please note that any adjustment will make the purchase a final sale.