Prints Charming

The famous Italian printmaker Ratti is the secret weapon of luxury designers in search of originality and flair

To the uninitiated eye, the exuberant and technically brilliant prints that walked down spring runways at Dries Van Noten, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana might evoke a trip to the lush gardens of Giverny or Tahiti. Or they could appear to be the result of a completely different kind of psychedelic trip. But to those in the know—designers, fabric-mill owners and trend spotters—the plethora of prints this season summons something much closer to home: Ratti, the fabric and printmaking house based in Como, Italy.

Founded in 1945 by Antonio Ratti, the printmaker and silk weaver has become the go-to source for...

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