The entrepreneurial adventure begins I’m Alfredo Ramponi and I’m the founder of Ramponi SpA. My company was born in 1988, from my great passion, precisely the passion of minerals. Since I was a child I have always collected minerals and at the age of 24 I started to transfer my passion into reality, reproducing the minerals in precious stone, in synthetic crystal. The company after the first few years of work, specializing in the world of stones and “rhinestones”, keep in mind that with regard to the term “rhinestone decoration” we mean the application of stones on a fabric. At the time this operation was carried out completely manually, at present we instead have completely robotic machines which, by means of a design requested by the customer, are placing precisely the stones, the rhinestones on the drawing previously agreed with the customer. The company started its great career in 2008 in the production of ABS studs, precisely the metal studs are imitated and applied using a metal nail. We were lucky enough to work for a very big brand in the world of luxury, mainly in the world of footwear and leather goods and since 2008 we are still their suppliers. Over the years we have become suppliers of other important “Maison”, following both the production in the world of footwear and in the world of clothing. As for the company, over the years it has expanded more and more, incorporating various departments within the company, namely the embroidery, laser and stapling department, and above all the application department that has become a bit like the flower all eyelet of our company. In particular, they can be declined in various finishes: stapling, embroidery, hand embroidery that we have just inserted and embellishing the clothing and leather goods with the latest novelties of our productions. The company currently occupies 5,000 square meters and employs around 80 people. I note that in 1988, when I started, I started in the garage of my house in 50 square meters, I say that 5 is a number that brings me particularly luck.