Italy's fashion leaders urge Rome to lift restrictions on industry

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  • Friday, 17 Apr 2020

FILE PHOTO: A seamstress makes cashmere wool garments in the studio of Italian clothing designer Brunello Cucinelli in the Umbrian village of Solomeo October 7, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's fashion leaders called on the government on Thursday to loosen restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus crisis to allow them to resume some production, warning that a prolonged lockdown risked irreparably damaging the sector.

"Fashion is a seasonal industry, and certain dates are not compressible. Not reopening shortly would mean giving up almost a year's turnover," said Carlo Capasa, the chairman of Italy's National Fashion Chamber (CNMI), in an online interview on the website of daily Corriere della Sera.

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