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Last year was seen as one of recovery by the clothing and textile industries. Following a dire 2009, Italy’s fashion business saw a 6.8 per cent increase in revenues by the start of the autumn/winter 2010 season. And importantly, bricks-and-mortar retail also began to get back on its feet. Some bigger chains may have left our high streets but space has been carved out for independent brands to gain footholds – with predicted sales of around €75m this year, Slowear is set to open 30 stand-alone shops over the next three years.

While e-commerce is…

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