NEWS AND NUMBERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
Last year, the Florence’s Baptistry of Piazza San Giovanni was “Puccified” as part of the events orchestrated by Pitti Immagine to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Florentine center for Italian fashion. Pucci covered the building with a 21,528-square-foot PVC material showing the same pattern of the “Battistero” scarf, a colorful silk foulard designed by the marquis Emilio Pucci in 1957, featuring an arty aerial view of Piazza San Giovanni.
The ancient southern Italian city of Matera has been named the 2019 European Capital of Culture by the Commission of the European Union. Other Italian cities to have earned the designation include Florence, Genoa and Bologna. The city will develop a series of installations, activities and events over the next four years that’s designed to contribute to its long-term cultural and social development, according to the Commission. Matera is home to the famous Sassi, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back more than 7,000 years, made of cave dwellings and rock churches built into the sides of the mountain.
The Milan Expo is slated to take place May 1 to Oct. 31 with the motto “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Taking place all around the city, the primary themes center on food and nutrition.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
2,145: Number of entrepreneurs under age 35 who launched fashion companies in Lombardy.
LA MODA IN LOMBARDY
35,000: Total number of fashion companies in the Lombardy region.
14,000: The number that are manufacturers.
1 out of 3: The number based in Milan.
2 out of 3: The number managed by men.
234,000: Employees in Lombardy’s fashion companies.
100,000: Number of those workers in Milan.
$3.5 billion: The value of clothing, textile and leather exports from Lombardy, up 5.3 percent in the first nine months of 2014 from the prior year.
936: Number of individuals under age 35 who own an apparel store; 726 create and produce clothes.
EXPORTS ON THE CLIMB
Estimated gains in Italian exports in 2014 compared with 2013.
Underwear: + 4.2 percent
Hosiery: + 2 percent
Footwear: + 6 percent
and luggage: + 8.4 percent
Jewelry: + 8 percent
Eyewear: + 6.9 percent
■ In the first nine months of 2014, exports totaled $5.1 billion, up 4.9 percent, while imports totaled $3.8 billion, up 9.3 percent.
■ France is the biggest importer of Italian men’s wear including young men’s, with 11.3 percent of global imports, while Russia ranks 10th in imports, with 3.8 percent (For more details, see chart.)
■ Online sales increased 62.8 percent for fall 2014 compared with fall 2013.