Half a century of Fashion, Innovation ...and a pinch of serendipity.

"Once upon a time in 1968..."

What do America, X-rays, and Cognac all have in common? They were all discovered – or invented – thanks to good luck, pure chance, or a strange occurrence, when the desired result was actually completely different. Writer Horace Walpole coined the term serendipity to define this phenomenon, which played a key role in the story of the first dyed shearling. Interested in knowing more?

Manlio Sorio agli inizi

Manlio Sorio: revealing the true story behind Christia

Founder of Christia, Manlio Sorio is not only the inventor of the first women’s shearling coat, but was also the very first innovator to introduce colors to shearling overcoats. In this exclusive interview, Mr. Sorio reveals for the first time how his innovations stem from a passion from Monica Vitti’s movies and an extremely lucky domestic accident.


The early years

Christia was founded in 1968 from Mr Manlio Sorio, who decided to open a workshop making leather and sheepskin clothing. The little workshop grew and expanded to become one of Italy’s leading makers of quality clothing. Mr. Sorio’s major achievement was that he changed the way customers perceived sheepskin jackets.

He succeeded in creating warm and lightweight coats that not only offered protection from the cold, but were so elegant and feminine that they could even be worn on formal occasions.

The early years

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In the early 1980s, flanked by a young designing talent, Flavio Napoleone from the Moschino group, he began selecting materials by working with the most famous Spanish tanneries of the day.

Those artisans were able to create the soft, lightweight tanned hides that designers and manufacturers had only dreamed about up to then.


...to the world.

These top-quality skins were indeed game-changers when it came to making unique, elegant and feminine sheepskins coats. Christia’s collections soon began being noticed beyond Italy’s borders. Within just a few years the label was available throughout the world, and participated in major fashion events in Europe and abroad.

In 1994, Christia was one of the first shearling companies to enter the Chinese market, presenting her collections at fairs and holding fashion shows in Beijing.

Progettazione cappotto in shearling
Realizzazione capo in shearling
Lavorazione e scelta dei materiali

The next 50 years

Even today, lightweight, softness and elegance are at the heart of each of Christia’s creations. The firm continues to maintain the tradition of handcrafting.

Expert hands perform each step: from selecting the skins, to cutting, sewing, finishing and quality control under the constant supervision of the production manager so that each coat leaving the company is perfect.

Each garment is designed to be hand-constructed by skilled workers. After the first quality-check at the tannery, the skins are carefully selected and only then will they be cut.

Each item is cut individually, constantly checked in the inside and outside.

And then the pieces are sewn, trimmed and embellished (with embroidery, braiding, cutouts, etc.), all strictly by hand. The next step is finishing when buttons are sewn on. Each phase is monitored by the production manager who also conducts the final inspection before packing.

Lavorazione cappotto in shearling

The Christia Collection 2020


Be sure to request your very own copy of the 2020 Christia Catalogue today, where you will have the opportunity to browse the new Collection and all the details regarding the vast selection of models on offer from the Christia Studio, which are exclusively reserved for authorized boutiques.