From 1913 to our days
Athison is a brand of Manifattura di Domodossola, a company with over 100 years of history that has always looked to the future keeping its feet firmly rooted to the values and traditions of the local territory.
The Company was among the first ones to be registered in the American Chamber of Commerce and, immediately after the Great War, Giuseppe Polli was one of the founders of the Local Industrial Association.
The company survives both World Wars and, in order to keep abreast with the times, shifts towards the production of “light textiles”: small braided items, trimmings, and shoe laces.
Giuseppe Polli manages the company with over 300 employees until the end of the Second World War, stepping down in favour of his sons Angelo and Gianfranco.
The founder’s grandsons Giuseppe and Mauro Polli join the company and set Manifattura di Domodossola on a new course. After an intense research on the field and major investments in technology and machinery (many installations being designed in-house by its engineers), the company produces the first machine-braided belts in the world. Manifattura di Domodossola becomes world leader in the industry of “100% Made in Italy” braided items.
After changing its production strategy, Manifattura di Domodossola not only starts to develop its own R&D processes, but also decides to manage all its production cycles internally. The management feels the need to offer high quality, up-to-date, environmental-friendly items to the market in order to protect both the end customers and the shopfloor workers.
Giuseppe’s young daughters Giulia and Silvia join the company to support their father’s leadership. Almost one hundred years after its construction, the Domodossola plant can no longer meet the company’s productive requirements. For this reason, the company inaugurates the new ultramodern facilities in Villadossola: a covered area of 8,000 sq m and one thousand machines guarantee a very-high production capability and the total control of all production processes.
The new building is designed as a hawk with big wings, where the production process is performed, and a crystal diamond in the centre, with offices, showroom, the corporate museum and a restaurant for visitors.
The company celebrates its first 100 years of business. From the very beginning, every generation has marked a new course and the current female leadership makes no exception, with the launch of two new brands: after Athison, Oxilla – specialized in luxury furnishings – is created.
The first collection of Athison bags is unique in the world in terms of technology, history, raw materials and production techniques. All models are designed and completely produced in our headquarters with sophisticated looms capable of braiding vegetable leather with thin copper threads.
Quality, innovation and state-of-the-art machinery are the secrets of our highly-refined products, where technology meets elegance.
The Athison collection is one of the highest expressions of Made in Italy, being something completely new, and never seen before in the leather market.