The fashion studio Dogali Street was founded in Empoli, Florence, Italy, in 1986, and is run by sisters Barbara and Catia Palatresi.
I, Catia, the older sister, have been passionate about fashion since I was a little girl. One day, after school, I decided to learn the art of sewing by taking a pattern making course. I started the business by opening a small workshop, which grew bigger and bigger year after year.
My younger sister Barbara watched as a child the development of our workshop: she gradually became more and more passionate, to the point that she decided to abandon computer engineering to fully dedicate herself to the study of modeling. Consequently, she started working in my company in 1998, which in 2008 became Dogali Street with the two of us as CEOs.
The thrill of turning a small idea into a real garment, ready to wear, is still the same as it was in the beginning.
OUR METHOD OF WORK
Each garment is designed starting from a sketch that is always supplied by our customers. We then transform this sketch into a paper-printed or digital pattern. This pattern is subsequently used by our customers to make the garment prototype, which they will fine-tune thereafter.
Barbara and I are joined by two other model makers and a CAD operator: our customers, haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion companies, come to us not only for the creation of patterns, but also for more specific undertakings, such as the grading, sizing, and optimization of the fabric consumption.
We use Lectra software, updated to the latest versions and compatible with all CAD and automatic cuts systems.