By  on July 29, 2013

CASTEL GOFFREDO, Italy — Since April 24, when the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than a thousand employees, the fashion industry has been forced to confront poor conditions found in many garment and textile factories worldwide.

It’s a topic that hosiery and intimates workers in this district of northern Italy — a stone’s throw from Lake Garda, surrounded by grape vines and herds of sheep — take very seriously. For years, as Italy has watched many of its storied factories close, the local industries have been campaigning to prove that there are distinct advantages to producing here.

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