After our designer Gretchen Maull attended University in Milan at Istituto Marangoni, it was only natural to produce her handbag collection in Italy. After a year of driving throughout the country, with few leads, she found a small factory outside of Bergamo that was perfect for GG Maull. After months of negotiations they made a deal for production to start and everything was coming together. On her visit to see GG Maull’s first sales samples, the factory informed her that they had agreed to an exclusive relationship with Chanel. In shock and disbelief, she cried in the parking lot and wondered if it was possible for an upstart fashion designer with low minimus and no track record to find a skilled and reliable factory.
A few weeks later she was back in Italy at the mill that produces the GG Maull lining. Through a connection there, she was put in touch with an Italian agent that could assist her in finding a manufacturer. On her 5th trip back to tour factories, she found a beautiful factory in Emilia Romagna that produced handbags for Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton and Prada. A little out of our league. On her second visit to the factory, the owner delivered the bad news, he could not commit to our production. The factory owner sensing her dejection introduced her to his two sons who had just opened their own small factory. Since they were young and ambitious like herself, they hit it off. Maurizio, the charming younger brother, drove her to visit his smaller factory in Anzola D’Emillia.
OUR ITALIAN FAMILY