Model Bella Hadid leads other models as part of the Cavalli women's 2019 Spring-Summer collection, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Milan fashion defends supply chain as designers unveil wares
Associated Press / 02:40 PM September 23, 2018
MILAN (AP) — The talk off the Milan runway this season has been a perceived assault on Made-in-Italy’s integrity.
The Italian Fashion Chamber issued a statement during Milan Fashion Week defending the system following a report by The New York Times on exploited workers in the luxury supply chain in the southern region of Puglia.
The chamber said in a statement the report “embitters and perplexes us for many reasons,” and noted that it has been working to make “the Italian supply chain resilient, fair and protective on all fronts.”
The chamber acknowledged it had been more than 40 years since the last comprehensive study of irregular labor in Italy’s fashion sector, but said the most recent estimate put the number at 2,000-4,000 workers in an industry that employs 620,000 people in 67,000 companies.
Previews of Made in Italy handiwork for next spring and fall continued for the fourth day Saturday at Milan Fashion Week. NVG