On the eve of the Mipel and Micam trade shows, data from Confindustra Moda's Research Centre spelled out the severe difficulties faced by the Italian leather goods and footwear industries due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Italy's fashion leaders have called on the government to loosen restrictions imposed from the coronavirus crisis on production, warning that a prolonged lockdown risked irreparably damaging the sector.
Fashion labels are coming up with new strategies to deal with a menswear season that has been hugely compromised by the Covid-19 pandemic, forcing the cancellation of the June trade shows and fashion weeks.
The heads of the US, British, French and Italian fashion industry federations have assessed the status of the Covid-19 emergency, and set up a meeting in April to decide on the June fashion week calendars.
The Italian fashion industry association's president asked landlords to accept a rent payment suspension until stores will reopen, urging them to renegotiate lease terms until income flows will become regular again.
The head of Confindustria Moda, the body representing the Italian fashion industry, is optimistic about Pitti Uomo’s June edition, and calls for a huge state push to promote Italy’s fashion and luxury labels worldwide.