An Era Ends! Team Apparel Resources mourns the sad demise of a charismatic personality Luciano Sardini who founded the leading Italian cutting technology company IMA Spa for textile and garment industry in 1977.
We, as a company, had the privilege to meet him and interact with him a lot of times over the years. His profound knowledge of the industry issues, grip on the technology and expertise of business understanding has always left the entire apparel and textile industry spellbound.
“Doing business is no less challenging than climbing a mountain. You either climb the mountain kicking every challenge that obstructs the way or climb down the mountain and go home. We never back down. We give the project whatever it takes and emerge victorious. Step-by-step planning has led IMA to reach a certain point where I feel our actual journey will begin from,” – Luciano Sardini, Founder, IMA Spa, Italy shared his thought process with us back in November 2017 when he was interacting with one of our team members in company’s headquarter located in Brescia, Italy on the occasion of its 40th-anniversary celebration.
Not many people in the industry know that Luciano had been the CAPTAIN of his ship back in 1950s wherein he was responsible for foreseeing challenges and then commanding and navigating his team accordingly – a principle that he also followed successfully during his entrepreneurial journey.
Speaking about the same, Luciano enlightened us, “Business is not very different. However, the right vision on the future is difficult but I can foresee what will happen in the various markets and can study the needs of our customers.”
His legacy has been carried forward by his daughter Mirella Sardini and, under the guidance of Luciano, the business of IMA has transformed positively over the years and has seen mammoth growth.
Deepak Mohindra, Editor-in-Chief, Apparel Online and StitchWorld, conveys, “My heartfelt and warm sympathies on the demise of Mr. Luciano. He was in true sense a visionary leader…I had the opportunity to meet him a few times and he always came out as a calm and composed person and always smiled his way through any tough situation. His loss will be felt by all of us for a long time. My prayers are with his family.”