The company was founded in 1891 Italy, when Gennaro Sferra first set foot on the cross-Atlantic steamer which would carry him to America. It was a family history of craftsmanship that enabled him to sell the exquisite handmade lace that would become his future.
Capturing the fashion of the day, he sold Italian lace, collars, and cuffs to society’s tastemakers as they vacationed at seaside resorts up and down the East Coast. This established Sferra’s reputation for offering only the finest and most exclusive fine linens.
Over the next decades, Sferra thrived, thanks to Gennaro’s visionary thinking. He had the foresight, in the early 1930s, to evolve his focus to table linens, and instilled in both his sons, Enrico and Albert, a mastery of textile craftsmanship, technical know-how, and an yearning for creative exploration.