It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce, year after year, the success which our qualified Master students attain in the workplace. This is a source of pride for our Foundation and an incentive to keep striving to provide the best possible training for the young graduates who attend the Master delle Fibre Nobili courses.

I would like to thank everyone who helps us to fulfil our mission.

Luciano Barbera

Fondazione Biella Master delle Fibre Nobili
Industrie come Botteghe d’Arte


The five Master students who recently finished the Master course and received their diplomas at the meeting on 15th May, have already found positions in prestigious companies.

Roberta Zuarina Accardi, Maddalena Cozzi, Marta Lauro, Marta Federica Maniero and Marco Vesipa have joined internationally important companies like In.Co. (Tom Ford line), the Marzotto Group, the Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Mill, Sinterama and Valentino in Rome. Confirmation, if it were still needed, of the value of their training, unique in the field of textiles/clothing.


The Biellese Industrial Union, Citta Studi and Biella Master will work together to support and promote the training system in the field of textiles.

This is the essence of the important cooperation agreement signed at the end of March and intended to consolidate what exists already and to widen the range of initiatives and courses on offer with new proposals.

The parties agree on the need to support the training courses within the textile sector which already exist in the area, not only the Biella Master but also the Mechanical Engineering course with a focus on textiles, the post-graduate Master in Management and Textile Engineering and post diploma course ITIS TAM (textile, clothing, fashion).

Moreover, the shared objective is to work together to integrate and possibly increase the programmes on offer on the basis of the requirements of companies and the market. This represents a significant new agreement following the constitution last year of the Biella Master Support Committee composed of the National Chamber of Fashion, Sistema Moda Italia, Federmanager Biella and the Legal Office of Trevisan & Cuonzo.



Carlo Piacenza, chairman of the Biellese Industrial Union and managing director of Fratelli Piacenza S.p.A is involved with the history and destiny of the Biella Master in two ways : as legal representative of a company that has long supported the enterprise, and, in his role as chairman of the UIB, as signatory to the cooperation agreement signed last March together with Citta Studi (see article on page 2). The Piacenza family boasts a lengthy collaboration with the Master which began thirty years ago with the support of the Industrial Union and its chairman at that time, Giovanni Piacenza, Carlo's father.

At the meeting last year you defined the Master as ' the pride of the Foundation ' and stressed the need to support it. The signing of the recent agreement promised to do this. So what are you already doing and what practical steps do you intend to take in future?

"The Biella Master is a source of pride for the Biellese district, for quality textile/clothing and for Citta Studi and must be supported as I have been saying for a long time. At UIB we intend to participate not only financially but also logistically. Both the Industrial Union and the Piacenza company strongly believe in what is undoubtedly a worthwhile enterprise . We have signed an agreement and we intend to support and do our best for the Master. However, I do feel we should interfere as little as possible. The Master is by now a mature organisation and manages itself beautifully. As far as we are concerned, we can provide logistical support and people, starting with the director of UIB, Pier Francesco Corcione, who sits on the managing board, and we can raise awareness among the associated companies, but we would not presume to change anything because, as I said, the Master is fine as it is".

What are the Master's strong points?

"It gives young graduates unique all-round training, and when students have this diploma in their hands they find work in important companies and take 'Made in Italy' and Biellese know - how all over the world. It is a highly original enterprise thanks to Luciano Barbera who thirty years ago proved himself to be a great visionary. I can only applaud him and the Master. Today the Master runs smoothly, fuelled by a group of motivated sponsors who often employ the Master graduates".

What makes the Master different from other post graduate specialisations?

"Certainly the theoretical and practical training but also the strict selection process. Any other Master charges a fee and is usually open to everyone, meaning you cannot guarantee the quality of the participants. With the Biella Master not only do you not pay but you receive a scholarship and only those who are highly motivated and have the potential are accepted on the course. This is the way to train the future ambassadors of the textile/clothing sector. In the thirty years since the Master was launched I have often met ex -Master students around the world who I have not even recognised straightaway but who came to our company for internships a long time ago: now they hold important positions in major companies. I have met managers and managing directors who spoke with affection and gratitude of a training course that was fundamental for their professional careers".

As entrepreneur and sponsor, what is your opinion of the company internship experience?

"Very positive, and for the company staff too. They are keen to help the students and enjoy passing on what they know: it's something different for them, a chance to feel useful, to be 'teachers for a day'. And it is good to see the genuine interest of the students. The companies which have offered their services have always made a good job of it and everyone's comments are positive".

Would you change anything about the Master?

"Absolutely not. Given the success of the Biella Master, the Industrial Union might perhaps like to develop other types of Master, less elitist with a lower target and a fee would be charged. This would not be to train managers but tomorrow's executives: companies need these too and only here in the western world do we have at our disposal a complete production process which makes such training schemes possible".

The Biella Master is the "Bocconi" of textile/clothing


The Master students make the world of textiles/fashion appealing in the same way that the "Bocconi" has always attracted students to the field of finance/economics.

The chairman of the Foundation, Luciano Barbera expressed this view, with figures to confirm it, during a recent interview published by the "Eco di Biella", emphasizing the importance of elite training in order to guarantee absolute excellence in the labour market.


The Master students are working hard on the digital communication project launched last year by their predecessors. The project, which aims to give greater visibility to the Master and to enable constructive exchanges of information and opinions, includes:

- Blog where an article is published every week about the students' various activities (

- Twitter in support of the blog (@biella_master) twitter

- Linkedin://


The Biella Master continues to attract the attention of important new sponsors. Recently the Faliero Sarti Wool Mill and Credit Suisse have added their names to the long list of contributors.

Faliero Sarti, a textile company founded in 1949 and located in Campi Bisenzio in the textile district of Prato, is a landmark for almost all the principal stylists and garment makers of national and international importance. From the beginning the company's strong points were the placing of high fashion on the emerging market followed later by ready- to- wear, the use of carefully selected raw materials and the introduction of jersey to Prato.

Today the company has about 50 employees and produces fabrics using the most precious natural fibres. In the mid - Nineties Roberto's son and daughter, Maurizio and Monica, joined the company. Maurizio is in charge of the commercial and technical aspect of the fabrics while his sister is responsible for the accessories division.

These are new sponsors of the Biella Master delle Fibre Nobili, a prestigious Master course which will shortly be selecting graduates for its XXVIII edition. Its objective remains the training of managers by providing a combination of practical experience, also acquired abroad, and theoretical knowledge of technologies in the textile/clothing sector.

The Foundation hopes that the example set by the new sponsors will be followed by other companies who believe in the future of high quality textiles and in the importance of handing on their knowledge of this endlessly fascinating sector.


Credit Suisse, one of the leading providers of financial services in the world, has joined the supporters of the Biella Master, understanding that the key to success in the long term lies in the ability to tackle social challenges in a socially responsible way.

Regarding the recent sponsorship of the enterprise Stefano Vecchi, CEO of Credit Suisse Italia, says:
"Credit Suisse is proud to sponsor the Biella Master delle Fibre Nobili, a project which gives real support to talented young people, and which over the years has trained capable managers thanks to a course which alternates theory lessons with experiences in the field.

Within a socioeconomic global context, changes in the market and in the professions demand constant redefinition and updating of a person's skills, as well as education and training strategies that are appropriate for the future requirements of the workplace. Financial and entrepreneurial skills are essential components to facilitate economic, cultural and social development.

This is why our bank is always one of the first to support any enterprise we believe is worthwhile".



The latest addition to the sponsors of the Biella Master is Tintoria Finissaggio 2000 which started out in 1973 by specialising in the manufacture of knitted fabrics for the sportswear sector.

After a few years the owners decided to develop the manufacture of the noblest fibres such as silk, cashmere and wool. In later years Tintoria Finissaggio 2000 manufactured cellulose fibres like linen, cotton and viscose and later also technical articles for the automobile sector, furnishings and the outdoors.

The final important step was the implementation of a line of special coupling for fabrics and membranes in order to create high performance materials.

For almost 45 years the firm has united tradition and innovation taking maximum care in every phase of manufacturing, constantly monitoring the innovations proposed on the market, investing continually in research and experimentation, personalising manufacturing designs and carrying out scrupulous quality controls.


Serena Campelli, who graduated from the Master in 2013, has chosen the way of the free lance professsional. She has her own collection of accessories, collaborates with View textile magazine and, as consultant in the field of textile research, has among others a prestigious client in Woolmark.

Why did you choose to go free-lance?'

"It was a decision that I reached over a period of time. Before the Master I had already had experience in companies but I had felt restricted, obliged to work in a single sector full - time with no chance to focus on creating something of my own. After the Master I looked for a job and the crisis actually helped my personality to emerge: the jobs I was offered were not very interesting, either professionally or economically, so I decided to take a chance on myself."

How did you get started?

"For my field project with Woolmark I spent three months in London where the atmosphere I breathed was young and dynamic. I met energetic people not much older than twenty in responsible positions or running their own businesses. When I returned to Italy I divided my initial project into two parts. I used the fabrics I had collected on my travels to make bow ties, small accessories that have always existed, worn by the man who wants to look smart, but the ones on sale were very old -fashioned and sad-looking. I also presented companies with a research project for fabrics, which have always been my great passion. I was lucky: Woolmark happened to be looking just at that time for a consultant with my characteristics".

And now?

"I have a studio in Turin: on one floor I do my consultancy work and on the other there is the show room. And I have a site for accessories ( and one for my consultancy business ("

What do you owe to the Master?

"A great deal: it gave me a vision of the whole of a sector and the people who work in it, from the workers to the company managers, and it helped me to appreciate this exceptional Italian patrimony of skills, while leaving me free to decide on my career. It was like opening a lot of litte doors, peering inside and being able to choose. But I wasn't alone, I had a guide. It was an unforgettable experience on a personal level as well as from the point of view of work, and I shall always speak highly of it."