When the invite arrived in our inbox from Santini for a party to celebrate their 50th anniversary we didn't think too long before booking the first class Ryanair flights to Bergamo. Without doubt, Santini are our most important supplier with all of our retro jerseys now made by them in addition to a great range of bib shorts that we are proud to sell.
Prendas have been in business for over 20 years so we'd like to think we have a small appreciation and understanding what Pietro Santini must have gone through to get Santini Maglificio Sportivo up and running. Of course, Santini is a more complex business than ours, however it's no doubt been a huge effort to maintain their position in what is now an incredibly competitive and crowded marketplace due to many recent new arrivals.
With friends, ex-pros, distributors and partners from all around the world, the GAMeC Museum in Bergamo hosted the event to commemorate an important milestone in the company’s history.
Highlights of the night were presenting Mr and Mrs Santini with a small gift, watching this touching video with messages from important figures in Italian cycling and of course spending some time with people we don't get to see very often.
Over the last fifty years Santini has continued designing and producing in Bergamo. It's a choice that is perhaps against every trend that many sports brands take, often out-sourcing to the far east and increasingly parts of Africa and India, but in reality is a key to the company's success.
A single look through Santini's archive is enough to understand how important and influential this brand has been since it's inception, after all we sell many retro jerseys that Santini was the original team's clothing manufacturer - the Peugeot Shell retro jersey being our longest running member of the "retro peloton".