Located in Scandicci, near Florence, Gucci’s ArtLab was inaugurated in April 2018 and is where the prototypes of bags, suitcases, small leather goods and shoes are designed, cut, sewn, tested and experimented. The Italian luxury fashion label said the reopening follows an agreement reached with trade unions and the already established security protocols are to be strengthened, as per the recommendations of Italian virologist Roberto Burioni from Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan. The resumption of activities is to concern a limited number of employees.

According to Carlo Capasa, President, Italian Chamber of Fashion, April 20 is the maximum deadline to in order to have the new collections ready to be presented in September. Highlighting that 41% of the European fashion production is made in Italy, Capasa said that any further closure extensions would destroy the sector. “If we don’t reopen our companies by April 20, we will not have the technical time to deliver the autumn-winter collections, which must be shipped all over the world by July”, he said, adding that even the spring-summer 2021 collections could also be in danger.

Source: Corriere della Sera