Laura Ivaldi has been working at Vitale Barberis Canonico for 16 years, and is in charge of the mending department; she is also the custodian of the secrets of the noble art of textile making. In fact, mending is the poetry hidden behind a fabric, it is knowing how to check and repair with skilful hands.
To begin with, Laura learnt this skill in small workshops, then progressed to working in different companies in the area, to finally join Vitale Barberis Canonico, where she in turn teaches over 30 young women whom she manages in the department. Every season is a new challenge: that of knowing how to recognise every nuance of every new fabric when it is added to the new Vitale Barberis Canonico collections, studying its secrets and then understanding how to put what she has learnt into practice.
Every fabric requires individual care and any slight detail could make all the difference. Like an orchestra conductor, Laura manages and organises her team brilliantly so that every fabric is checked and mended to perfection. It is the most fascinating skill set which for more than 350 years has ensured that Vitale Barberis Canonico fabrics are unique and famous throughout the world.
In order to become a mender, you have to study more than four years, then gain practical experience in smaller workshops, but most of all, you have to have dedication and attention to detail.