SHARE
COPY LINK

FASHION

Italian men’s fashion exports thrive

Milan prepared to host men's fashion week starting on Saturday after new data showed that Italian menswear exports rose 3.7 percent amid a devastating recession that has plunged sales on the domestic market.

Italian men's fashion exports thrive
Giorgio Armani will be displaying his latest designs at Milan's men's fashion week, which gets underway on Saturday. Photo:Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Armani, Gucci, Prada are among the dozens of designer labels, including Britain's Vivienne Westwood, which will take to the catwalks with their pret-a-porter collections for the autumn and winter of 2014-2015.

Italy's textile and fashion federation said in a report ahead of the shows that the situation remained "fragile and complex" but turnover for the
menswear sector rose to €8.6 billion last year – one percentage point higher than in 2012.

The biggest market for Italian menswear is still France, accounting for 12.1 percent of exports, although that proportion is falling as sales. to China and South Korea rise fast, the report found.

Sales to South Korea soared 34.4 percent last year.

The Milan collections come after London men's fashion week and will be followed by Paris on January 15th-19th.

Don't miss a story about Italy – Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

MILAN

Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

SHOW COMMENTS