"Italy is like a fine fabric, made of art, history, age-old traditions and outstanding artisan mastery..."
"Mastro Raphael is one of these exceptional threads. With passion, sensibility, a distinguished background of artisan expertise, and today with state-of-the-art technological know-how, Mastro Raphael mixes colors, shapes and materials to give life to a refined and timeless aesthetic of elegance and beauty that is always original. Mastro Raphaël animates a concept of beauty in which harmony, elegance, modernity and tradition find their own unique dimension and perfect combination."
Mario Arcangeli, president and founder of Mastro Raphael
Between art and history, the story of a company that has woven a wonderful heritage, known all over the world.
The story behind the origins of Mastro Raphael can be summed up in one sentence: “Discover the nature of things and you will know how they should be made.” - Mario Arcangeli.
The founder of the firm based in Umbria, opened a small artisan workshop in 1966, followed by a bottega in Via Palazzo dei Duchi in the following year, and to this day is still the location of Mastro Raphael’s store in Spoleto. Lying in the heart of Umbria, the city of Spoleto is steeped in the same beauty that today inspires Mastro Raphael.
Spoleto is a special place due to its historical treasures and its important position in Italy’s cultural fabric. But it is also a crossroads of international creativity thanks to the Festival of the Two Worlds. Since its first editions, the Festival has attracted famous artists and designers to Spoleto, including the architect Howard Dilday in 1971. This momentous encounter triggered the artistic and experimental calling of Mastro Raphael, giving rise to the famous patchworks that the company has reinterpreted over the years with embroideries, applications and new fabrics.
Currently, the brand is distributed in over 400 stores in Italy, along with just as many shops located around Europe, Russia, the United States and the Middle East. Culture, ideas, innovation, artistic intuition and craftsmanship – the core values of Mastro Raphael – are thus carried throughout the world.
Fifty years of history of innovation, creativity and love for its roots.
Mastro Raphael has always aimed to create innovative collections and with far-sighted creativity has managed to create real trends, such as the Api, the Coralli and curtains Poems.
The key to understanding the company’s history lies, on the one hand, in its love for its roots and in the recovery of its artisan tradition, and, on the other, in its reinterpretation of historical memory, and its attention to innovation and technology.
These principles, together with the extreme attention to detail, sartorial purity, the use of natural yarns and fabrics are the foundations of luxury and absolute quality of Mastro Raphael collections.
The vocation of Mastro Raphael it is the pursuit of beauty.
The ideas, the value of culture that inspires research, artistic intuitions and artisanal skills are the tools available to achieve the intent.
The means are the manufacturing capacity, the mastery of production techniques, the excellent craftsmanship and the use of state-of-the-art technologies.