THE WHAT? Fashion label Gucci has resumed partial prototype work at one of its main Italian sites after reaching a deal with unions concerning health and safety measures.
THE DETAILS The Kering-owned brand has put 10 percent of its 1000 staff back on prototype activities for shoes and leather goods designs at its ArtLab site, with agreed safety measures including the staggering of shifts, testing workers’ temperatures, and providing face masks and gloves.
Activities taking place at the site include research and development, with luxury leaders calling on the government to allow some production to take place before the end of April or risk irreparable damage to the sector.
The development comes as much of Italy remains on lockdown until 3rd May.
THE WHY? The partial reopening of prototype work signals the first steps towards a wider restart of production activities for the fashion brand.
Taking to a statement, Gucci’s Chairman and Chief Executive Marco Bizzarri said, “This will allow us to lay the foundations for a wider reopening of our manufacturing sites and of the Made in Italy production chain once it will be permitted.”