The history of Nalini and the passion of Vincenzo and Claudio Mantovani
After the conclusion of Vincenzo’s cycling career, which included a silver medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics for the Team Pursuit, he went on to create cycling garments for himself and his friends in the late 60s. His younger brother Claudio joined him a year later when due to a knee injury, he was forced to retire as the goalkeeper for AC Milan. The future and legacy of a great employer for Castel d’Ario in Mantova had been set by the most gifted of brothers. Mantova shouldn’t just be remembered for its significant role in the history of opera and architectural treasures, it should also be applauded for its contribution to cycling history.
Forefront of cycling
Created by MOA Sport, Nalini’s parent company, the brand delivers a unique blend of producing their own garments under the Nalini brand marque, plus the manufacture of clothing for other world-famous brands. Their authenticity and originality in the design, testing and production of cycling garments is almost unparalleled, where the products are judged and tested by the most demanding of riders from the pro-peloton. Nalini is, for example, the exclusive manufacturer and technical clothing license holder for the famous Campagnolo brand, and Occhio is privileged to be exclusively representing such cycling royalty in the UK.
MOA Lab, Moa Sports’ technological laboratory, underpins all production and sets the agenda from design and yarn making, to fabric creation and sourcing through to the finished garments. With robust research and design processes and the translation of pro riders' input, MOA Lab ensures the quality of Nalini’s products remain as high as they ever were, on an industrial scale.
MOA Sport and the Nalini brand also offer a premium custom clothing service to teams and clubs all over the world. If you wish to look into your team or club having your kit designed and produced by Nalini, just like some of the world’s best pro teams have done, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Occhio is extremely proud to be able to offer you products of such pedigree. We look forward to helping you discover new and original products for your own riding that bear the Nalini or Campagnolo brand marques, and join us in spreading the word about these wonderful pieces of clothing.
Mark R and Mark S.
Details and images supplied by courtesy of Mr Mantovani and MOA Sport.