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26 April, 2021

Santoni Fuses Tradition and Innovation with Centric PLM

Luxury Italian footwear brand selects Centric Software® to accelerate its digital strategy and counter challenges of pandemic

CAMPBELL, Calif., April 27, 2021 – Luxury Italian footwear brand Santoni has selected Centric Software‘s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to plan, design, develop, source and sell products such as apparel, footwear, sporting goods, furniture, home décor, cosmetics, food & beverage and luxury to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.

Founded in 1975 by Andrea Santoni, Santoni combines rich Italian heritage with contemporary creativity, specializing in crafting the finest footwear and leather goods styles. Today, as Andrea’s son Giuseppe leads the brand in its next chapter, the company sells in more than 80 countries worldwide, employing around 600 people in its headquarters in Corridonia, in the Italian region of Marche, and across its commercial, retail and marketing activities worldwide. 

Santoni’s COO Riccardo Pianesi explains that whilst the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down sales, it accelerated the forward-looking company’s decision to adopt a PLM system, with the goal of empowering different departments share creative ideas and product information more easily. 

“The blueprint of the company is innovation in the spirit of tradition, so we wanted to introduce a new technological concept to help manage the creation, development and realization of our products that are characterized by craftsmanship,” Pianesi says. “Prior to PLM, without meeting each other face to face, it was more or less impossible to meet our targets.” 

“Our first goal was to have more knowledge of the creation and development stages of our production,” he continues. “We needed a place where people involved in these phases could have access to data and keep track of what has happened in the past around management, materials and models.”

Another key objective for Santoni is to continue to progress its sustainability initiatives, which include sustainably-focused line ‘Santoni Rethink’, for which the material selection process is particularly important to ensure suppliers are meeting sustainability targets. “Centric PLM enables us to catalogue information about materials, and has an important role in material research and also personalization for our customers,” he says. 

Pianesi explains that the biggest advantages of selecting Centric Software include its technical competence with footwear – as the production activities and technical issues for shoes are significantly different than for garments – as well as its expertise in remote implementation. 

“In 2019 I would have thought it was impossible to manage this type of project remotely,” admits Pianesi. “But now I have seen that the teams are very committed and capable of implementing the PLM project remotely. When ideas can be communicated clearly, it can be done from anywhere.”

What’s more, Santoni will be able to better differentiate between company ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. “Sometimes we feel what we want to do is more important, but PLM will help us focus on what we HAVE to do.”

“We are thrilled to be empowering Santoni to reach its digital transformation goals,” comments Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software. “It’s a pleasure to partner with this renowned Italian luxury brand which has such a rich heritage.”


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Founded by Andrea Santoni in 1975, Santoni’s vision channels the rich cultural heritage of Italian craftsmanship and creativity by producing the finest luxury footwear and leather goods. Today, Andrea’s son Giuseppe has elevated the brand to global icon status, selling in more than 80 countries worldwide, and employing around 600 people in its headquarters in Corridonia, in the Italian region of Marche, and across its commercial, retail and marketing activities worldwide. 

To this day, tradition and innovation are the two fundamental pillars of Santoni’s success, and the company’s exclusive collaborations with Mercedes AMG, IWC Schaffhausen and Rubelli have further brought the brand’s mastery into focus by applying it to sports cars, fine watches and precious fabrics, respectively.

Respect for the past and attention to the future are expressed by the brand’s environmental commitment, evident at its headquarters, which is fully eco-compatible and built from 90% recyclable materials, using natural resources to reduce energy consumption. 

The brand has also launched a completely green collection, Santoni Rethink, in which each item has been made using recycled and natural materials, following strict parameters to respect nature.


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From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software provides a Digital Transformation Platform for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods including cosmetics, beauty, food and beverage. Centric’s flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB provides innovative PLM technology and key industry learnings for emerging brands. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (VIP) offers a new fully visual and digital experience for collaboration and decision-making and includes the Centric Buying Board to transform internal buying sessions and maximize retail value and the Centric Concept Board for driving creativity and evolving product concepts. All Centric innovations shorten time to market, boost product innovation and reduce costs.

Centric Software is majority-owned by Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and PLM solutions.

Centric Software has received multiple industry awards and recognition, including being named by Red Herring to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Centric also received various excellence awards from Frost & Sullivan in 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2021.

Centric Software is a registered trademark of Centric Software Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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