In 1948, Achille opened his pipe manufacturing factory in Varese (Italy). It soon became the most modern pipe production facility in the world. Since then, many innovations in pipe manufacturing have come from this location. Though Achille is no longer with us, his son Giancarlo has inherited his fathers passion and continues with the family tradition and dedication to a quality product. Purchasing and using only the finest and grades (usually referred to as 'Extra Extra' grade) of Sardinian and Corsican briar, every pipe is made with great care. To own one - is to possess a treasure. With over a hundred different series, there is a pipe for just about every smoker - from world famous hand made Autographs to the most economical production lines.