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Fortis History

Our Beginning:  FORTIS began in 1954 as a small artisan company with roots in Pogno, Italy, the home of Milan and the heart of the Italian design tradition. 

FORTIS is 100% crafted in Italy, the inspiration for the full range of products from the high fashion elegance of the Brera Collection to the traditional styling of the Caffe Collection.   Each piece references the heritage and craftsmanship unique to the FORTIS family and the Italian tradition.

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Fortis Family

The FORTIS family was founded in postwar Italy when Mario Paini, the FORTIS founder and president began apprenticing at a small workshop, producing faucet components.  As a spirited entrepreneur, Mario embarked on a journey to realize his vision of becoming a global leader in the decorative plumbing industry by combining the very best of Italian design and craftsmanship within one product, FORTIS.  Fifty years later, the vision lives on under the leadership of his son, Marco.  The company continues to live by its founding principles of producing products that embody the design aesthetic and high standard of craftsmanship consumers expect from FORTIS.