Prato and fashion: a enduring partnership that in recent years has grown even closer.

Textile production has in fact made huge progress in terms of quality, thanks to investments by companies and the in-depth specialist knowledge of operators, whose combination of experience, style and creativity means they can offer their clients products that are always new and ahead of trends. 
In this context there are many clothing brands, that have started to work in the district, thanks also to the initiative of many young entrepreneurs who have managed to rework decades of experience in the district of textile production, identifying new trends and conquering market quotas. Prato is on the cutting edge also for highly specialised articles, the result of technological innovation and research, accompanied by investment in avant-garde machinery. 

There are companies producing paper textiles, medical textiles that gradually release medicines; technical textiles used in aeronautics and textiles that light up. And these are just some examples of the creativity that can be found in Prato Every stage of textile production can be found in this district: every six months, Prato’s industry develops 2,000 new yarns, 60,000 new textile designs and hundreds of new textile collections. Every year Prato’s textile industry produces around 90,000 tonnes of yarn, 300 million metres of cloth, 110 million metres of technical textiles and 12 million garments. The general value of production in Prato stands at around €5.6 billion. Most of the products are exported to Europe, the United States, China and Japan and used by many of the most famous labels, which have chosen textiles from Prato to enhance their collections.

Moreover Prato is part of the metropolitan area of Florence, where top fashion and design institutions operate.
Some example are: Polimoda (fashion school, ranked 6th by The Business of Fashion website), IED and ISIA (major design schools) and Pitti Immagine, a collection of leading fashion fairs including Pitti Uomo, world’s most important platform for men.

The possibility to collaborate with these leading institutions would be an outstanding opportunity for your students, as would be the chance to experience daily life in such a lively cultural atmosphere.