Being an old bridge and a strategic connection between Europe and Italy, the French writer Stendhal defined Val D’Ossola as the place “where beautiful Italy begins”.
Between the alps and the lake
Manifattura di Domodossola is situated in the heart of Val D’Ossola, amongst valleys, lakes, waterfalls, mountains and rivers. This unique landscape has been the setting for the paintings of numerous artists throughout the centuries, as well as an object of study and interest for famous ancient scholars.
Suspended between clouds and earth, the Ossola Valley maintains unchanged the characteristics of an uncontaminated landscape and wild nature and is still little explored and known today.
In a territory that is geographically and culturally distant from the fashion districts and the big urban centres, Manifattura di Domodossola draws its inspiration from the territory and, for a strange alchemy of the elements, it has turned into the symbol of the braided industry in the world. Over the years, “Domodossola” has become the name used by experts to define our braided works.
The passion for such a unique land is the source of inspiration for the Polli family, also when choosing the name of its brands. Athison is, in fact, the ancient name of a sacred river that flows down from the Alpine glaciers across Val D’Ossola, leading into Lake Maggiore. The river, which is nowadays known with its modern name Toce, rises at an altitude of 1,800 metres and gives life to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Europe, with a jump of about 143 metres of height among the rocks.