- nd [1972-1990] (Creation)
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The idea for the business began in 1968 when Lino Dainese was inspired by seeing the leathers motorcyclists wore in London. He founded the company in Molvena, Vincenza, Italy to design and make protection for motorbike riders. The first piece manufactured was a pair of motocross trousers in 1972.
They have since developed a wide range of innovative protective products including back protectors, knee sliders, helmets and air-bag protection for motorcyclists. In the 1990s they moved into designing for mountain biking, snowboarding and alpine skiing and in 2011, horse riding. Their air-bag technology has been further developed under the D-air® trademark for motorcycling and skiing.
With the Massachusetts Institute of Technology they developed Biosuit®, prototype pressure suit for astronauts. In collaboration with the European Space Agency they have designed the SkinSuit® for astronauts to wear inside the International Space Station.