Orange Fiber is an Italian company made up of equal parts innovation and elegance. Since 2016, we have been creating exquisite sustainable fabrics from citrus juice by-products that would otherwise be thrown away, representing hundreds of thousands of tons of precious resources. We envision a new life for these materials, transforming them into refined, ethereal fabrics perfectly suited to Italian tradition of high-quality fabrics and high fashion.
Who we are
The company, founded in February 2014, is composed of 5 members: Adriana Santanocito, creator & founding partner, specialized in innovative textile design; Enrica Arena, marketing and communication specialist & founding partner; Francesco Virlinzi and Antonio Perdichizzi, entrepreneurs; and Corrado Blandini, lawyer.
Creator & Co-Founder
Born in Catania, she studied Fashion Design at AFOL Moda – Milano, specializing in textiles, materials and new fashion technology. She personally conducted the research and development phase of the project with the collaboration of Politecnico di Milano.
CMO & Co-Founder
Born in Catania, she holds a degree in International Cooperation for Development as well as in Communications, where she has a diverse range of experiences in non-profit sectors and project management.
Take a moment to imagine all the industrial waste of citrus processing in the world. These byproducts currently weigh in at 1 million tons in Italy alone.
We aim to transform such byproducts into a sustainable and innovative wearable textile, fit for application from catwalk to beach stroll, from relaxed attire to luxury.
THE IDEAAdriana proposes a sustainable fabric from citrus byproducts for her thesis. She shared the idea with Enrica and – with creativity and will to dare, they start Orange Fiber.
THE PATENTFrom the feasibility study with Politecnico di Milano, we patented in August 2013 the innovation, then extended it in international PCT in August 2014.
THE COMPANYIn February 2014 Orange Fiber was formed as Italian Innovative Startup and opens two headquarters: Catania and Rovereto. Two Business Angel, Trentino Sviluppo, and a lawyer finance the project.
THE PROTOTYPEIn September 2014 the first prototypes of fabric from citrus cellulose were presented at the Expo Gate of Milan at the Vogue Fashion's Night Out.
THE INDUSTRIAL PLANTIn December 2015, thanks to the funds of Smart&Start by Invitalia, the first pilot plant for the extraction of citrus pulp opened.
THE PRODUCTIONWe entered the operational phase of the project. The first fabric production completed, and now we are working on the next productions.
THE MARKETIn April 2017 the first fashion collection created with the exclusive Orange Fiber fabric by a top fashion brand is presented.
Granted funding on the Operational Program FERS 2007-2013 of the Autonomous Province of Trento with the contribution of the European Fund for Regional Development
Admitted for funding Invitalia – Ministero Sviluppo Economico
Awarded by H&M Foundation in collaboration with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women EU Classe 2016 – Ernst & Young Global Limited.
Premio Nazionale per l’Innovazione “Premio dei Premi” 2016 (Design italiano) – Repubblica Italiana, ADI Associazione per il Disegno Industriale.
Elle Impact 2 For Women Award 2016 (Italia) – ELLE, Comptoir de l’Innovation, Gruppo Intesa San Paolo.
Compasso d’Oro 2016 (Finalista per la categoria ricerca per l’impresa) – ADI Associazione per il Disegno Industriale.
Premio per l’Innovazione 2015 ADI DESIGN INDEX – ADI Associazione per il Disegno Industriale
Ideas 4 Change Award 2015 – UNECE
ITMA Future Materials Awards 2015 – (Finalista) ITMA