Blog: Made in Italy the Chinese way

Joe Ayling | 28 October 2010

The Italian town of Prato, famous for its textiles and clothing manufacturers, continues to be a successful stomping ground for Chinese businesses, an investigation finds.

According to this report by the BBC, Chinese firms in Prato make around 1m garments a day, with a value of about EUR2bn (US$2.78bn) per year.

Investigator Silvia Pieraccini writes that there are 5,000 Chinese-run factories in the town, which are able to cut unbeatable supply deals with mills back home.

Furthermore, the fluorishing Chinese factories are keeping full order books thanks to the quality associated with Made in Italy goods.

The competition has spelt trouble for Italian-owned factories in Prato though, with half priced out of their own market since 2001, Pieraccini finds, and not without causing some resentment.

Coming into fashion: a Chinese mark on Italian clothes


BLOG

Covid sparks calls for more responsible industry

The coronavirus pandemic is seen as triggering a set-back for labour rights in apparel supply chains, with workers left vulnerable as brands and retailers cancelled orders. But it could also lead to r...

BLOG

Retail in spotlight as bankruptcies stack up

The impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is starting to be felt more heavily across the retail sector with more bankruptcies emerging....

BLOG

Excess inventory adds to apparel industry woes

With spring/summer now a write-off for most fashion retailers, the resulting flood of excess inventory is set to add to industry woes, with discounting and margin erosion likely to lead to widespread ...

BLOG

Labour rights set to worsen across Asia’s garment sector

Labour rights are set to worsen in Asia's garment sector as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the region – with knock-on implications for fashion companies trying to maintain supply ...

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?