Nature, craftsmanship, timeless values: it's the beginning of the intrinsic luxury philosophy.
Double Cashmere, Agnona’s star fabric, is the perfect expression of the company’s decades of expertise using the finest raw materials for the production of unlined or reversible garments.
A unique fabric on the market due to the meticulous attention to detail during the production and finishing processes, double cashmere comes from the best “white” cashmere, which makes it extraordinarily light in weight - just 460 grams per linear meter. Once the fabric is placed on the carding machine, it is repeatedly “combed” on both sides with vegetable teasels, which are dried flowers that have been used in this natural process since ancient days.
The superb skills of our artisan workers, a respect for production times that include a resting interval for the fibers, and careful quality control of each stage of the manufacturing cycle complete the process.
The result is an extremely light fabric that is both soft and warm.
Another product revealing Agnona’s manufacturing excellence is Century Double Face Cashmere, which bonds two pure cashmere fabrics using very fine silk organzine jersey. Its fiber comes from the cashmere goat of Inner Mongolia, and it is the whitest and most valuable cashmere in the world. The painstaking production process and an extraordinary combination of technology and artisan craftsmanship give this distinctive fabric an extremely light and impalpable feel.
The name Century also stands for the 100 km length of a one kilo cashmere spool and for the 100 teasels used for finishing.
One of the fine fabrics that have always been a part of Agnona's history is undoubtedly alpaca, which comes from a mammal native to the Peruvian Andes accustomed to rapid changes in temperatures ranging from 30 degrees centigrade during the day to minus 15 - 20 degrees centigrade at night. Precisely due to these characteristics, soft alpaca hair is perfect for making refined fabrics that are extremely light yet protect against the cold even more effectively than fur.
The refined fabric called "Martora" (marten) is made from a superb quality of "Suri" alpaca (the most valuable type that exists). Its fibers naturally come in more than 17 shades, from black to a range of neutrals spanning from gray to white.
Agnona, the "Queen of Alpaca", is the company that, more than any other, has helped introduce this fiber to the world by creating several unique versions, including the "spazzolino" (brushed alpaca), which was an iconic fabric of the 70s. Now this fabric has been given a modern twist and is called "Martora".
The fabric is brushed with vegetable teasels, a process that makes it softer and gives it an appearance similar to the animal's fur, which is famous for its softness and sheen.
Precisely due to its fluidity, this fabric is ideal for coats with a unique fit.
Once a privilege reserved for kings, the exquisite vicuña fiber is processed by Agnona with natural finishes that preserve and enhance its intrinsic characteristics and natural elegance.
Considered an animal of divine origin by the Incas, the vicuña lives in the Andes and is protected by the International Vicuña Consortium, of which Agnona has been a part since 1994. Thanks to this association, significant repopulation of the species has occurred in protected reserves, thus averting the threat of its extinction. Agnona is one of the few select brands to have the permission and good fortune to transform this extremely precious and noble raw material into a product of superb quality with a fiber that is even finer than cashmere.
At the end of the delicate production process, which is the result of highly skilled workmanship entirely made in Italy, the fabric is ready for use to create fashion apparel and accessories. These products stand out for their extreme softness and preciousness, and also for their characteristic golden tan hue – the color of the upper part of the neck and back of the vicuña, which has a natural luster. It is one of the most refined shades of the neutral color palette for which Agnona is famous.