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29th June 2015, Shanghai

Santoni Pioneer Programme 2015 invites new applicants

Santoni, the leading seamless knitting machinery manufacturer, is offering an opportunity for young aspiring designers to join the second session of its Santoni Pioneer Programme that will run from 6 October – 6 December 2015 at Santoni Shanghai.

The company has announced the beginning of its training programme, which aims to connect young fashion talents globally with the Santoni’s knitwear technology and encourage fashion designers to push the boundaries of knitwear use.

Participants will be working in a team to achieve superior results. © Santoni

The first session of the training programme concluded successfully in May this year with a graduation ceremony, where students presented their collections and received their graduation certificates.

Santoni Pioneer Programme

SPP is a biannual eight week fully sponsored knitwear programme, taking place at Santoni Shanghai. Offering individuals a nurturing environment that champions knitwear innovations, the programme aids applicants in establishing their professional feet within the knitwear industry.

It is designed to equip them with a deep understanding of Santoni knitwear technology and processes, as well as provide designers with a platform to connect with industry expert manufacturers and job opportunities.

Participants will be working in a team to achieve superior results, whilst collaborating with technicians to achieve creative and technically advanced knitwear designs. The final goal of students is creation of a four look capsule collection using skills obtained during the training programme.


The Pioneer Programme is best suited for applicants with previous knowledge of garment construction, yarn compositions and qualities, who are keen to develop their existing knitted garments knowledge, and gain invaluable experience of working with its leading knitting technology.

SPP is offering individuals a nurturing environment that champions knitwear innovations. © Santoni

The application form is available on Santoni’s website. Applicants willing to take part should submit the fully completed form as well as their CV, portfolio and development ideas for the capsule collection by 31 August.


Santoni was founded in 1919 as the first Italian socks machine manufacturer. In 1988 the company was acquired by the prestigious Lonati Group, world leader in the production of socks and pantyhose machines.

Since then the company has become synonymous with the “Seamless” phenomenon, becoming itself the world leader in the production of electronic knitting machines for garments without seams.

Today Santoni meets 97% of the worldwide demand for seamless machines, which are used in various sectors of the garment industry including underwear, sportswear, beachwear, outerwear and medical garments.


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