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A knitwear Journey

18th May 1884
Data of foundation
Gallo Bellia & Compagno was born

The unlimited company Gallo Bellia & Compagno with registered office in Cilavegna (Pavia) was established.
The factory was located on the bank of the Quintino Sella canal, a branch of the Cavour canal to exploit water energy for the machinery.
The share capital was 300,000 Italian lire.

Early 20th century
Opening of new headquarters
Construction of the Mortara factory

At the beginning of the 20th century Giovanni Gallo, one of the three partners, built the Mortara factory, which is still the company headquarters today.

The first relations with foreign customers
The first international orders

A request for wool and cotton shirts received from a London customer.
The letter is written in French, which was the official business language of the time.

1945 - 1960
Expansion of sales in foreign markets

Between 1945 and 1960, at the end of the war, the company expanded its sales also in foreign markets where its production of fleece knitwear for men, women and children found an increasing number of admirers not only in Italy but also in several European and non-European countries.

1960 - 1980
New commercial policy
The economic boom

The economic boom of the early 1960s radically changed fashion trends and consumer tastes, who, thanks to greater well-being, could also afford some casual spending.
The company therefore abandoned fleece for a product more suited to the new needs, in this way the company policy aimed at quality at the right price. And the commercial success that followed rewarded this decision as it allowed it in the 1970s to become supplier of some prestigious and important English and French brands.

From 1980 to 2000
Affirmation, experience and technological modernisation
Technological innovation

Thanks to the experience gained working with these customers, we began to produce for the top American and Canadian stores by presenting our collections at two buying offices in Florence and taking part twice a year at the “Mait”, a leading trade show that used to be held in New York. In the same period, through the Itochu Corporation, began a fruitful collaboration with a major Japanese distributor that lasted over twenty years.
It was an experience that increase the company a great deal and improved its professional approach, by being able to adapt to the growing demands of customers, it gradually upgraded all its machinery to catch up with the huge changes that new technologies, the advent of electronics and the evolution of information technology had brought about.

Expansion & Competitiveness
Opening of a new production site in Tunisia

To be even more competitive in terms of value for money to better meet the demands of its customers, Gallo Tessile opened its own production site in Jamel (tunisia) “Gallotex. s.a.”

Successful Investments
New investment in technology
"Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others"
(John Maynard Keynes)
New Showroom in France
Opening of new showroom in Paris

To have a closer and productive relationship with its French customers, at the beginning of 2023 Gallo Tessile opened a showroom in Paris in Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny 2. It is a place where designers can see our proposals or request stitches and jacquards studies and customised collar also take a look at our historical archive.