18 January 2018

Interview with Patrizia Giangrossi, Pierre Mantoux

Exclusive interview with Mrs Patrizia Giangrossi, owner of Pierre Mantoux, who has been entrusted with the prestigious role of president  of the Section Intimates, hosiery and beachwear at Sistema Moda Italia (SMI) (the main federation of Italian fashion industry)

What will be the first objectives of your role?

I am happy and honored for the trust of my colleagues who have entrusted me with the position of Section President. In these last years I have dedicated much time in this industry as Spokesperson of the Women's Hosiery Group and I hope that this new position will allow me to continue and extend my commitment.
I am really confident  in the Supply Chain and my main purpose  is to work together and  make a critical mass allowing to achieve increasingly important objectives. I hope my colleagues will help me in my new role for developing new synergies.

A stronger cohesion among companies of this industry and a propulsive push towards internationalization could be a good start. What do you think?

For sure the Italian SMEs have the responsibility to grow and at the same time to maintain and defend the largest Supply Chain in the Western world. Today, Internationalization is certainly the keystone for a healthy growth for the most part of the companies, in particular for SMEs; this should not be considered as a process to fear or to face forgetting one’s own roots. I believe that every company has to challenge the foreign markets step by step with its own timing, by taking the best advantage of the tools offered by Italian Fashion Federation: in this regards, I think that Industry 4.0 should be our objective and can truly represent an accelerator of growth also for SMEs.

Creativity has always been a distinguishing feature of the Italian fashion production, how are companies facing innovation?

I strongly believe that innovation and creativity walk hand in hand and each part supports the other. Nowadays, creativity identifies more and more with innovation, we may deal with innovation both in industrial processing and in product . Industry 4.0 will help us produce in a more efficient way,  satisfy our customers' needs at the best and increase our competitiveness; it will push us to become increasingly eco-friendly, we owe this to our planet and to our customers, who increasingly require us to develop a major environmental awareness. Moreover, sustainability is increasingly becoming an important driver for marketing.

Many international groups are back to buy European fabrics of quality. In your opinion which are the main reasons of this?

For sure this is part of the reshoring trend which is affecting our supply chain. However, I believe that  besides the usual drivers such as logistic, maximum customer care and major flexibility in small production, this trend is also to due to the strong commitment of our companies in investing in product and in industrial processes to become always more transparent and sustainable. The real challenge of the next few years will be to relate in the best way with the final consumer – who is increasingly involved and connected - to communicate the features of a product at any levels of the production.

What initiatives would you expect from Europe and Italy to better protect the production of the textile / fashion industry?

It is necessary to look forward to an increasingly international context without forgetting where we come from. And in this I believe that, with the foundation of Fashion Federation of Italian Industry, SMI, together with other associations of fashion and accessory industry, have given a strong example to our business. This new reality is able to represent the whole Sector and it marks an important step in team work recognizing an increasingly important role to our Supply Chain. A greater cohesion among our companies would be necessary to make more targeted and sharable requests to the Federation and this I believe is valid both on the Italian and European level.

The MarediModa trade show, organized by the textile companies themselves, has been a guarantee of protection and promotion of the Italian and European textile industry, in your opinion, which synergies could be brought out among the several components of this supply chain?

I believe that communication and transparency must be developed by every player of the Supply Chain. Each of us is at the same time customer and supplier; the common objective is always to reach the final customer with a product that could be naturally beautiful and of quality so as to justify its price. This should be a common goal because each step of the supply chain must lead to the final selling goal. Consumer must always be more aware of the design and sustainable motivation which is behind the product he is buying. This is a relay where everybody could be all winners or all losers.