Our history begins in October 29, 1929, with the opening of the Fábrica de Tecidos Tatuapé S.A. plant. It was named after the neighborhood in São Paulo where the company was installed. At that time, we manufactured flour sacks and several types of yarn.
Over the following years, the industrial growth in Brazil helped expand our production capacity. New businesses were gradually incorporated, and the company became Santista Têxtil.
Since then, we have been increasing our market share in the national industry through innovation and a pioneering spirit. Santista was responsible for launching wool knitting yarns, as well as producing and exporting: cashmere, bed linen, professional garments and its flagship product – the denim (indigo).
The company is currently organized into two Business Units: Jeanswear, focused on manufacturing innovative fabrics for the production of denim clothes; and Workwear, focused on the production of special fabrics for professional clothing.
Santista Têxtil is established in São Paulo (at that time, Fábrica de Tecidos Tatuapé S.A.), manufacturing flour sacks for Moinho Santista.
Our success leads to the opening of a new plant, only five years later – this time dedicated to wool spinning.
Santista starts producing uniform fabrics – the first company to do this in Brazil.
Denim becomes our core business and Santista Têxtil launches its genuine Denim indigo blue. The product is a great success, and part of the production is sold to Levi-Strauss.
Santista becomes the number one company in denim and cashmere production in Brazil. It is also the leader in the professional clothing sector.
After the Santista and São Paulo Alpargatas merge, the company becomes the biggest indigo fabrics manufacturer and the largest textile exporter in the country.
With the acquisition of Grafa, in Argentina, Santista consolidates its position in South America.
Santista acquires the Chilean company Machasa and becomes the largest textile park in South America. It is the first multinational company in the sector headquartered in Brazil.
Grupo Camargo Corrêa acquires control of the company.
With the Santista and Tavex Algodonera (Spain) merge, we become the new world leader in the denim industry.
Santista and Tavex acquire two plants in Mexico, complementing our supply platform for the USA, the world’s biggest denim consumer.
Santista changes its corporate name to Tavex and starts focusing on the European and North American markets. The headquarters is transferred from Brazil to Spain.
Santista recovers its original corporate name and brings the headquarters back to Brazil. It sells the Europe and Mexico units. With the expertise in the production of global products, it announces a new phase, focusing on two main markets: Brazil and Latin America. The Santista brand is back.
The company focuses its activities in the state of São Paulo, with the strengthening of the units in Americana and Tatuí. Northeastern facilities are deactivated.
After 40 years, the headquarters of Santista leaves Centro Empresarial de São Paulo and moves to Jardim Europa, in São Paulo.
To offer innovative and integrated solutions for the textile chain in a sustainable way, with passion and a relationship of trust, providing well-being and safety.
The best to work at. The best to wear.
We are passionate about what we do. That’s why we have been creating innovative and integrated solutions in the textile sector for almost 90 years.
So much tradition and talent make Santista the ideal business partner, because only a company that has been the industry leader for so long can offer quality, transparency and especially trustworthiness to its customers, partners and suppliers.
Santista believes that long-term relationships generate more sustainable results for everyone.
We are more than 3 thousand employees; spread throughout the headquarters in São Paulo (SP), two productive units in Brazil – Americana and Tatuí (SP) – an office in Buenos Aires and a productive unit in Tucumán, Argentina.
The Santista Code of Conduct was created to improve relationships and foster credibility and trust, proving our socially responsible attitude and pride to work at one of the most traditional Brazilian companies.Download Code of Conduct Santista
Dedicated to the production of denim and flats for the jeans wear market in Latin America, it has innovation, quality and vanguard in its DNA, introducing several novelties to the market, such as the first denim with Lycra®, Indifio®; the Denim Therapy® technology, which includes Svelt – a denim with cosmetic properties to help fighting cellulite, awarded the innovation prize “Las 100 Mejores Ideas Innovadoras”, in Spain; and, more recently, the Repeller, the first insect-repellent denim. This business unit offers its customers expert advice in Fashion, Products and Laundry services.
Work wear market leader in Latin America, it offers solutions for uniforms and work safety, complying with the most rigorous performance requirements. Santista Workwear invests heavily in research and development and its portfolio includes innovative and sustainable product ranges, such as Ecopet, Ecofinish, FireProtection and, more recently, Workfashion. It has been awarded the “Prêmio Top of Mind”, category Professional Uniforms, for 18 years in a row. Click on the brands to know more.
Santista develops products, solutions and technologies in a responsible way, respecting both the environment and people’s lives.
All Santista units hold world-class certifications in two categories:
These certifications are renewed periodically and attest our search for high-quality, state-of-the-art and innovative products and solutions.
Santista offers a safe workplace for its employees, fostering professional development and open dialogue.
As well as all environmental certifications, environmental and organizational best practices, Santista acts to reduce even further its ecological footprint and protect the environment. Here you can find some of our initiatives:
As well as supporting social projects and activities, Santista also encourages its employees to embrace voluntary work.
A good example is the Dia do Bem-Fazer Program. The idea is to promote humanitarian aid among professionals and guests from several companies. The program enables us to:
Santista is one of the most traditional textile factories in Brazil. It has been known for its pioneering spirit and innovation capacity for almost 90 years.
All this could only be possible because we have a highly qualified, motivated team of professionals who are engaged in the company’s culture.
We offer an environment where seasoned and young professionals from all market sectors work side by side. The mix of such diverse experiences has a common goal: the continuous quest for innovation to offer the best solutions to our customers and partners.
Santista is always looking for new talents and appreciates a plural and diverse workplace.
If you want to be part of our team, register your CV check our job opportunities.
Santista also offers opportunities to young apprentices and interns in several areas across our business units.
If you are a lively and challenge-driven youngster, Santista is the place for you! Register your CV and check our job opportunities.