“The company was started in 1956” – explains the owner, Mrs Eva Giacomini – “and was founded by my mother, Ernesta Pasotti, who began producing one-of-a-kind umbrellas that she sold directly, sometimes riding her bicycle. Then, with my father Vittorio Giacomini, who mainly took care of sales, the company grew from a small artisan company to a large one with over one hundred employees. Today there is no room for such an industrial production, due to competitors from Asia, so we have downsized and we mostly concentrate on limited edition umbrellas. We produce 40 000 handmade umbrellas a year: they are very high quality products that are sold in the most prestigious boutiques in 75 countries all around the world. 93% of our turnover is done abroad, mainly in China and Russia, then Europe and North America. Besides the Pasotti collection, we are proud for a series of private-label cooperations with the most worldwide fashion brands”.
And the overseas market is truly continuing to grow, thanks to Nicola and Andrea Begotti, the next generation, taking part to the most important fashion weeks and investing a lot on the Web, thus increasing the brand recognition.