50 YEARS OF SUCCESS
With more than 50 years of experience in the wool manufacturing industry, the award-winning weaving factory TACS has kept up the good name of Casentino thanks to a production of excellence, respecting the most rigorous and traditional stages of manufacturing of the famous Casentino fabric. TACS was born and developed with Bruno Savelli’s capacity and foresight, then further improved under the leadership of his son Massimo (honoured with the title of Master Craftsman in 2016), today the company looks to the future under the guidance of Massimo’s son, David, who represents the third generation of a family focused on the respect for traditions. It is undoubtedly their love for a style the roots of which lies in the Renaissance Tuscany and that is still an uncontested symbol of elegance in Italy and around the world, that represents the trait d’union with the past. Together with the sale in the factory store, offering factory-direct prices, TACS items are available in the exhibition stands and in the prestigious boutiques all around Italy and are also exported to USA, Great Britain, Holland, Portugal, Japan, Vietnam and Korea: thus TACS represents a successful example of Made in Italy that has its strength in the importance of the best quality-price ratio.
An open-air work of art
Enclosed by the Tuscan-Romagnolo Appennine, the Pratomagno Mountains and the Alps of Catenaia, Casentino is like a flower in the early morning, a land of immeasurable beauty with its typical hamlets and its untouched forests. From Pratovecchio-Stia to Capolona, with its 12 municipalities and 50000 inhabitants, today this valley is universally considered a territory of great interest for any kind of visitors. The two religious centres Camaldoli and La Verna, for example, are of fundamental importance to Catholics but not secondary is the presence of countless archaeological sites such as Etruscan findings, Romanic churches and medieval manor houses. The preservation of inestimable artistic masterpieces is also notable, along with the richness of many fascinating routes surrounded by the nature of the National Park of the Casentino Forests, Mount Falterona and Campigna.
THE CASENTINO FABRIC
Since the Middle Age
The Casentino wool fabric has been used since the Middle Age for blankets for the animals or for the Franciscan friars’ cowls, because of its characteristic strength and durability. It went on to make its fortune in the 18th century, when the wool fabric became the primary product in the numerous wool mills of the Casentino Valley. After having become a fashionable and trendy clothing in the 19th century, thanks to its peculiar “swirls” or “curls” and to its classic green and orange colours, the Casentino fabric led the two small towns of Stia (the native land of this wool fabric) and Soci, to an economic and industrial evolution. Casentino fabric was also well-appreciated by notable men of the newborn Reign of Italy, the members of the Savoy family, the baron Bettino Ricasoli and the composers Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. Today the Casentino fabric, with its long tradition, still preserves its charming made in Italy style, keeping pace with the ever-changing fashion world and attracting an ever more demanding public. Even the world of cinema hasn’t been left untouched by the charm of this fabric: the image of Audrey Hepburn wrapped in her orange coat in the famous movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is unforgettable.
THE COUNTRY COLLECTION
The fustian and the revival of traditionaL
Beyond the wool fabric, TACS produces also the fustian, a cloth rich in history and famous for its resistance and strength. Born in Cairo, originally made of a linen and cotton weave, in the Middle Age the fustian was a luxury product exported and loved by nobles from all over Europe. In the 17th Century, it began to be produced only in cotton and, therefore, there was a decrease in prices and the fabric was widely sold. Then it became the raw material for the production of linen, hunting clothing and peasants’ clothes. Famous are the Maremma cowherder’s (the buttero- jackets) in the typical olive green colour. Today the fustian, appreciated for its softness and durability, enjoys a new period of success as a fashionable product and TACS is the author of this success, thanks to the exclusive Country collection, where the highest quality is a real homage to textile tradition.
THE CASENTINO FABRIC NETWORK OF PRODUCERS
“Quality means satisfying the need of customers and surpassing their own expectations while continuing to improve yourself”
(William E. Deming)
L’esperienza ci ha insegnato che due sono le caratteristiche che portano al successo: il severo controllo della produzione e la capacità di collaborare con aziende che adottino la nostra stessa dogmatica intransigenza. Da questa visione, nel 2015 è nata tra TACS s.n.c, Manifattura Casentinese s.r.l. e KRIMA s.r.l. la RETE DEI PRODUTTORI DEL PANNO CASENTINO, un nuovo marchio registrato garante del rispetto delle fasi produttive e della qualità dei finiti. La certificazione dei singoli prodotti è contrassegnata dalla presenza del brand sui nostri capi, il quale certifica che la filiera produttiva è avvenuta in Casentino e secondo i canoni nazionali del Made in Italy. Con questa ulteriore attenzione, TACS assicura ogni giorno una produzione di Panno Casentino originale che non colpisca soltanto per estetica, ma racchiuda in se quelle qualità (anche più impercettibili) determinanti per l’eccellenza