Fashion and the electroplating business. Two apparently distant worlds linked by a technical dialogue that aims at getting things done: fashion brands on the one hand, and finishing “suppliers” on the other. The challenge: to build a business meeting point between strategic sectors that are tendentially little inclined to cross-contaminate and communicate in order to create a new way of thinking about luxury finishings.
A dialogue which inquisitive observation, together with 50 years’ experience, has led to three main aspects.
Aesthetics and fashion, or rather, linking electroplating finishing to the aesthetic value of the finished product. In the past, fashion, leather and footwear accessories were merely thought of as functional elements. Now, also due to the technical finishing skills, they are necessary and indispensable components, often even a distinctive element.
But how is it done? By studying the balance between shape, volume and finishing; by constant dialogue with the clientele; by analysing the input of the people employed in production and all by really listening closely to the surrounding world.
Research and innovation which means putting the experience gained and consolidated in the jewellery world with the biggest luxury brands at the disposal of the fashion supply chain. This translates into a constant experimentation of new processing techniques and research into global trends. One cannot stop at producing finishings with maniacal skill; the commitment, in any sector, is to be one step ahead in order to be able to offer the customers unique and distinctive fashion solutions.
Galvanic plating and sustainability… not a contradiction in terms but a feasible alliance. In times gone by, deciding the company’s environmental sustainability would not have been an option. On the contrary, the fact that it should develop and grow hand in hand with the company has turned out to be a natural choice, certainly not one dictated by legal obligations that did not exist at that time. Changing the idea, not only in the facts, but also in the collective imagination, that an electroplating company could be a sustainable company was a challenge that has become a concrete fact. Over the years, processing techniques, attention to the environmental context in the broad sense, as well as the more fragile contexts of the surrounding territory, have led to certifications, awards and recognitions that certify a virtuous “best practice” route at an organizational, managerial and production level in terms of sustainability.
These are the three pieces of a complex and articulate puzzle in which the various souls of savoir faire converge. A know-how that passionately moves towards creating and offering the fashion supply chain a replicable, recognized and recognizable product in processing, design, relations and service terms.
Giulio Bevilacqua is Chief Operating Officer and partner in Bedin Galvanica, a Vicenza-based company with 50 years of history and experience in creating design finishes for accessories for luxury brands.
Since his beginnings in the company in 2005, as Production Manager, his daily challenge has always been to raise the aesthetic value of the product to the highest levels by seeking out finishes that stand out.
The training and studies of mechanics and chemistry have brought him closer to companies that allowed him to acquire over the years functional technical skills for the most refined galvanic processing on different types of metals, with a specific application to the field of fashion accessories.
This background of experiences led him to the increasingly intense collaboration in Bedin Galvanica. In these 15 years he has contributed to the growth of the company until it has become a reference point for luxury brands; has created a laboratory where you can always develop new finishes; has innovated in 4.0 production processes with taylor made production lines.
Finishing is his world: he loves to experiment, to test, to amaze by putting himself in the game through new and refined solutions.
The family is the pivot of the company: it allows flexibility, transmits passion, challenges all the employees.
His great satisfaction: having created a team of capable, attentive, curious and above all passionate employees of his work.
Its green challenge: to make a galvanic company that borders on a WWF oasis coexist in a sustainable balance.
The link with the city translates into the experience of Confindustria Vicenza as a member of the Council for the Textile and Fashion section.