By  on March 24, 2014

MILAN — Tongues were wagging in the Italian fashion industry last week after Presa Diretta, an analytical weekly television program on Rai Tre, ran a segment called “Made in Italy” that focused on the sale of Italian luxury businesses to foreign conglomerates; the struggling textile factories that have kept manufacturing in Italy in spite of higher costs, and the labor and trade challenges posed by an increasingly globalized textile business.

With footage of bodies being pulled out from the collapsed Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh last year and people frantically searching for relatives in the rubble, an ominous voice-over noted that the victims were working for Western brands Mango, Primark, Wal-Mart and Benetton, among others.

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