As planned, Cirillo Marcolin has taken over the rotating presidency of Confindustria Moda, the umbrella organization of the Italian fashion industry, replacing Claudio Marenzi.

Confindustria Moda comprises Sistema Moda Italia (SMI), which groups the textile and apparel firms operating in the country; Assocalzaturifici, the shoemakers’ association; Assopellettieri, formerly called Aimpes, representing the leathergoods industry; Anfao, the trade association representing eyewear manufacturers; Associazione Italiana Pellicceria, for the fur industry; Federorafi for jewelers; and the Italian tanners’ association, Unic.

Confindustria Moda was officially registered with a notary public on Jan. 30, 2017 and its first president was Marenzi, while Marcolin, who is a former president of Anfao, was appointed vice president.

Marcolin was elected unanimously as president during Confindustria Moda’s general assembly, which also appointed Ercole Botto Poala as vice president. Confindustria Moda and confirmed its general managers Astrid Galimberti and Gianfranco Di Natale. Galimberti is also general manager at Anfao and Di Natale is her counterpart at SMI.

In 2019, the Italian textile, fashion and accessories industry enjoyed a 2.0 percent increase in revenues to €97.9 billion. Its exports rose by 6.8 percent to €67.9 billion, and the industry generated a trade surplus of €32.0 billion, up by 13.6 percent. But due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, in the first quarter of 2020, the sector’s orders fell by more than 40 percent, while exports dropped by 9 percent. The industry comprises more than 64,000 companies employing over 575,000 people.