By  on February 28, 2018

MILAN — The conference held on Wednesday at the headquarters of Italian trade agency ICE felt a bit like the end of school — with an uncertain future looming ahead.

General elections are scheduled on March 4 in Italy, and the outcome is a guessing game. “Whatever happens, the government must continue to support fashion,” said Ivan Scalfarotto, deputy minister of economic development. “What has been achieved over the past two years must not go lost. Fashion represents the excellence of our manufacturing industry, and, just as a member of the government attends the launch of a new car, he or she must attend a Gucci show, to name a brand. My hope is that the new government will recognize the value and importance of the fashion industry, paying the respect it deserves.”

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