MIROGLIO ON SCHEDULE: Miroglio SpA, the big apparel and textile manufacturer, has suffered much less damage than initially reported from flooding that devastated Italy’s Piedmont region earlier this month, and is maintaining its delivery schedule, the company said Monday.
“We are delivering regularly. We lost a few days of work due to flood-related problems at the textile division, but the apparel division didn’t suffer any damages,” said a Miroglio spokesman.
Miroglio SpA consists of two units: the textile division, which exports some $20 million worth of fabrics a year, and the Vestebene SpA apparel division, which produces more than 10 million pieces of women’s clothing a year under some 16 trademarks, including Rubino, C’Est Comme Ca, Daniel Hechter, Caractere and Per Te by Krizia.
Miroglio said initial reports that finished fabrics in storage had been damaged were wrong, and the company will have no trouble delivering either outstanding portions of the fall/winter ’94 collection or the spring/summer ’95 collection.
“Our fabrics warehouse didn’t have a drop of water in it,” the spokesman said.
“One of our weaving mills was affected, but we didn’t have any major losses,” he added. “We have several weaving mills, and the one that was affected will be back in operation the end of the month.”
The spokesman said the company wasn’t able to estimate damages yet.

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