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Costs might be higher in Italy, but the country boasts an unparalleled infrastructure and manufacturing muscle that over the years has been a catalyst for international fashion brands vying to raise the quality and design component of their styles. The backbone of the pipeline is a cluster of production districts that have each specialized in a distinct category — textiles and yarns in the Biella and Prato areas and silk around Como; leather goods in Tuscany and footwear in the Marche or the Riva del Brenta area, in the Veneto region; eyewear in the Belluno area, and denim in Veneto. Here’s a breakdown of the heart of Italian manufacturing, region by region.
This story first appeared in the February 22, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.