The Italian fashion industry lacks a single business organization giving it more clout to discuss with the government, as the metalworkers do, according to Prada’s chief executive, Patrizio Bertelli. He noted that the metalworking industry has a smaller workforce than in the fashion one but it historically gets more attention from the authorities. In an interview with a weekly insert of the daily Corriere della Sera, Bertelli pointed out that the industry does not even have a united trade union.

“We are divided in into different associations,” he said, adding that when in 2012 he tried to unite them into a single organization comprising Pitti, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Altagamma, “it seemed like stealing from each one a bit of their history.”

In the light of the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bertelli called on the government to provide non-repayable subsidies to small companies and artisans. He added that many craftsmen are old and the situation could prompt them close their businesses.