THE STORY OF CASTELLI STRETCHES BACK MORE THAN 134 YEARS TO A SMALL TAILORING SHOP IN MILAN FOUNDED BY VITTORE GIANNI.
The Company took a definitive turn toward cycling in 1935, when one Armando Castelli became a part of Gianni’s staff.
Four years later, Castelli purchased the company from Gianni, and the story kicks into gear. Armando supplied the cycling hero’s of Coppi, Bartali, Bobet, Van Looy, and Anquetil, and along the way expanded that effort into supplying a handful of professional teams. It wouldn’t be until the birth of Armando’s son, Maurizio, that Castelli as we know it today, would soon take shape. The youngster came up in cycling, and it was only logical that he would end up in the business, however, the extent of his passion and desire for innovation would soon cause a parting of ways with his father and the founding of the Castelli brand in 1974. The firsts began to roll out with regularity soon after. For three decades, Castelli created apparel that defined modern cycling. Eddy Merckx carried a refined version of a Castelli body suit to the world record in the one-hour.
Before our products are made commercially available, they undergo an extensive development process.
Everything starts from the production office by identifying the fabrics which best meet the requirements of the item we want to create. Once identified, we move on to modelling, shaping the products according to the cyclists’ needs. Once the product is created we proceed with the fabric and patterning testing, which includes hours in the wind tunnel. In order to gain feedback, we then put the product to the test with our world tour teams and professional athletes. We make improvements, and then we repeat. Only once our product passes all of our tests do we offer it to you; the same product the pros are wearing, the best product available. We create a wide range of items, starting with the product requests of the Team Ineos, going through the development of the fastest Body Aero Speed Suit for performance cyclists and triathletes, and up to training jerseys for clubs and events. Browse our collections today to find the styles you’re looking for.
THE HISTORY OF CASTELLI IN NEW ZEALAND
Since 1994 Castelli has been distributed in New Zealand by PRV, this longevity in brand loyalty has seen the markets demand change in tandem with garment technology and pioneering design in category defining products. Enter 2020 where PRV and Castelli combine their strengths to bring the New Zealand market and sports people leading products bearing your own logos, brands and print designs, truly making your choice of garment an original by design.