Camera della Moda Responds to New York Times Article

MILAN – A “saddened and concerned” Camera della Moda has responded to The New York Times article on “shadow workers” in Italy, which claims “thousands of low-paid home workers create luxury garments without contracts or insurance.”
”As the acclaimed writer, Edoardo Nesi acknowledges in his award-winning book, ‘Story of My People,’ published in 2013, the Italian supply chain has been under attack for a long time,” the group said in an official statement. “CNMI and its members are committed to working toward making the Italian supply chain resilient, fair and humane on every front. It is a complex process and it takes time; there are no easy solutions, but we are working together through our established Working Group on Social Sustainability and have already achieved substantive gains. We continue to implement solutions using our evidence-base and by working collaboratively.”
At a fashion show here, Carlo Capasa, president of the association, told WWD that this progress was overlooked by Times.
“For example, the NYT article uses statistics on homeworkers that date back to 1973,” read the statement. “The only recent statistics cited are from Tania Toffanin, the author of ‘Fabbriche Invisibili’ who estimated that ‘currently there are 2,000 to 4,000 irregular homeworkers in apparel production.’ Setting this in the context of

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Buyers at Moda and Fame Trade Shows Underline New Strategies

NEW YORK — In these uneven economic times, stores and vendors are trying to bend a little when it comes to prices. Attendees at the Moda and Fame trade shows at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here Monday said they are addressing increasingly price-conscious shoppers.
Donna Senk, who has owned Paparazzi, a Watertown, Conn., store for the past 19 years, said business is “a little better than last year,” due primarily to the fact that she and other Main Street retailers have banded together to attract shoppers and “upgrade the area.” Five block parties are now held annually. In addition, there has been a concerted effort to woo more seasoned retailers, she said. “There are real players on Main Street now,” she said.
In search of cocktail dresses, Senk said shoppers will no longer spend $ 300 to $ 400 as they once did. Black was among the labels she planned to check out. To accommodate price sensitivity, Senk said she was looking for items that retail from $ 100 to $ 250, with $ 150 and $ 175 being the right price for many recently. Minuet was a show favorite for her.
Senk was also looking for labels that sell exclusively to brick-and-mortar stores. “Competition with Web

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