1932: Ottorino Giangrossi, importer of German Hosiery, establishes the Industria Lombarda Calze a Telaio. The combination of German looms and Italian silk guarantees products of impeccable quality and refinement.
1945 : Ottorino’s son, Remo, arrives the helm of the Company , freshly out of Bocconi University of Milan.
1950 Postwar Years: The German looms are replaced by the revolutionary American ones and by the modern English circular knitting machines.
The Sixties: Remo’s wife, Velia joins the company to handle the product development and to give it, thanks to her unquestionable taste, a high-end positioning. As a consequence the distribution changes from selling to wholesalers to selling directly to retailers through agents. An extraordinary range of colours of 56 shades is introduced to the market.
1976:It’s the year of the Polka Dot . The sheerest stockings with tiny polka dots come on the market and totally charm the Italian Ladies.
1982: the pizzo scala is born and the distribution is expanded abroad. The most important designers demand Pierre Mantoux for their fashion catwalk shows.
1984: the New York Times honors the extraordinary couple Remo and Velia, who makes all Ladies around the world fall in love. Among these Ladies, Princess Diana of Wales, who becomes Pierre Mantoux most prestigious testimonial.
The Eighties: Remo and Velia’s daughter, Patrizia, joins the company. She introduces the strass facings, the soft nappa leather, the sophisticated nassa fishnets.
The Nineties: the first two doors open to the public, in Milano, Via Solferino,
and in Genova. The first tighs with cachemire yarn is introduced to the
The Years 2000: Patrizia is joined in the company by her two daughters Chiara and Costanza . Pierre Mantoux can be found in the most exclusive Department Stores worldwide. The portfolio of products is enlarged from hosiery to knitwear, to nightwear and loungewear to swimwear and beachwear.
2010: The company makes an important acquisition and the brand Passo Jazz comes alongside Pierre Mantoux to offer a luxury swimwear and beachwear collection to discerning consumers worldwide.
2012: Pierre Mantoux celebrates its first 80 years in the name of tradition and innovation.