Every brand has a story. Your fashion label does, and so do the Italian manufacturers with whom we work daily.
Our unique story has influenced how we conduct business every day since day one, and drives us daily in our mission to #democratizemanufacturing. Curious how that story began? Read on for the tale of a young boy who grew up in Italy and found inspiration in the hardworking artisans and boutique owners creating around him.
100% Made in Italy
Picture the beautiful setting of Southern Italy, Naples to be specific. There lived a family of four. The mother owned her own boutique; the father owned another; their son would grow up around luxury apparel artisans and manufacturers, from whom his parents bought the merchandise for their boutiques.
The boy would bike to these artisans' workshops, wearing his backpack to buy the extra merchandise left behind by globally-renowned luxury designers like Versace and Dolce & Gabanna. As he grew up, he noticed that the family owned manufacturing factories were struggling as they fought bidding wars to keep the big brands happy. He became passionate about finding a solution to keep these family-owned clothes manufacturing companies open and successful without being reliant on only one large customer.
Alessio Iadicicco, the boy who used to buy product for his parents boutique with just a backpack, moved to New York City in an attempt to sell these factories' Italian-made suits. While in the States, he learned that boutiques and fashion designers there wanted to produce their own Italian-made private label clothing lines.
These observations planted a seed, and eventually, MarkersValley was born.
Connecting Fashion Designers to Italian Clothing Manufacturers
MakersValley’s mission is bridging the gap between fashion designers, online boutique owners, and brick and mortar boutique owners who want to create, mass produce, and sell a unique apparel product, and manufacturers and artisans who have been producing high quality products for years and want to sell to customers globally. MakersValley enables fashion entrepreneurs to embrace the platform economy and the distribution of production across hundreds or thousands of networked micro-factories. By doing so, MakersValley has created a world where a Brazilian designer can easily get in touch with an Italian artisan, allowing them to connect and enable greatness in one another's business.
Today, MakersValley has a network of more than 1,500 Makers, 150 Artisans & Manufacturers, 25 Product Types, and 1,000s Products (submitted and) Custom Made.
"MakersValley was not a result of brainstorming or a random idea out of nowhere, but it was born from the willingness to change for the better the manufacturing industry. Since I was born, and after living, working and exchanging opinions with people in the sector for years afterwords, I believed that a better platform economy with fair rules and more transparency could be created, and so we did it. We created MakersValley".
- Alessio Iadicicco