By  on February 21, 2014

In the fashion industry, the label “Made in Italy” conjures mental images of luxury goods, fine craftsmanship and family-run mills set in picturesque hillside towns.

However, Italy is struggling with another, darker side of the label many consumers take as a guarantee of quality: a preponderance of illegally operated factories where immigrant workers are underpaid and overworked, and where the textiles used are unauthorized imports. While the resulting garments are assembled on Italian soil, they have little in common with the intricately crafted wares that made Italian fashion famous.

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