Above the whirring of the weft machines, like high-paced typewriters, production manager Valeria Fassi explains a little more:
“We do everything internally, mixing the yarns, the warp and weft processes; twisting the yarns, dyeing the yarn. With Rapha denim it’s a special blend of polyamide, cotton and Elastane. Mixing yarns of different dimensions creates a specific consistency which offers great stretch but also is also resistant to abrasion.”
Our footsteps echo down stone steps to the basement, where the looms are warping the dark blue Rapha denim. Yarn is fed onto the looms from racks, each housing hundreds of bobbins spinning out spidery webs of yarn, every metre of warped fabric requires 500 bobbins alone. All Mectex greige (raw thread) is sourced in Italy, then dyed before the weaving process begins.