An Update on COVID-19 from the MakersValley Team
There’s a lot happening right now, and that’s had a big impact on the fashion industry we love and serve. On March 22, 2020, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a temporary ban on all industrial or commercial production activities in Italy until April 3, 2020. This temporary ban was later extended to May 3, 2020.
As planned, Italian apparel, shoe, and accessories manufacturers and Italian fabric suppliers resumed on-site operations Monday, May 4, 2020.
Even during the month of lockdown, we at MakersValley were happy to continue digitally serving fashion designers and brands around the globe. In fact, our network of manufacturers were submitting 113% more design bids than before the lockdown.
Have more questions? Check out the FAQ below or message your account manager if you have specific questions on your production or sample order.
Is Italy on lockdown?
While most consumer businesses, such as restaurants and stores, will remain closed at this time, as of May 4, fashion manufacturers and fabric suppliers in Italy were permitted to resume on-site operations.
The remaining consumer restrictions do not impact the movement of goods into or out of Italy.
Have any MakersValley factories closed or limited their production?
While the Prime Minister’s decree required our network of 125 factories to suspend on-site activities until May 3, they resumed all on-site manufacturing activities on May 4, 2020.
Have any of the Italian fabric or hardware suppliers that MakersValley factories use closed or limited their operations?
While the materials suppliers we use to source high-quality, Made in Italy fabrics and hardware were impacted by the coronavirus restrictions, they resumed normal operations as of May 4, 2020.
Should I wait to manufacture my fashion products in Italy?
No, at this time, we do not discourage fashion brands from manufacturing their products in Italy.
This is because:
- All factories in our network resumed onsite manufacturing operations as of May 4, 2020.
- Our Italy-based customer service headquarters are still fully operational.
- The factories in our network have been thoroughly and are continually vetted for quality and labor standards, by our MakersValley team in Italy.
- We are closely monitoring the situation at all MakersValley factories.
How can I help?
Do your part by following health and safety recommendations on hand washing and social distancing.
The COVID-19 virus or coronavirus outbreak began in January 2020. Check this page for updates related to the spread of the virus and any resulting impacts to your fashion supply chain. Learn more from the official U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.