While Lineapelle’s 2nd day was going on in Milan, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s endorsement towards the tanning district of Santa Croce sull’Arno and Scandicci’s artisanal know-how arrived. While in Florence to meet with bishops and mayors of the surrounding area, Draghi also visited the manufacturing sites and historic archive of Salvatore Ferragamo. The PM concluded his visit at Teatro del Maggio Musicale. Here, he met with local authorities and representatives of various economic segments of the Florence area.
Around Florence, “cultural manufacturing and commercial activities benefit relations with foreign countries, as well as around the territory – said Draghi in his speech -. They showcase the will to invest social and technological capital for the long-term. I think, for example, about the leather goods’ district, which differs from all others thanks to the quality of materials and the proximity to the tanning district in Santa Croce. It also benefits from the artisanal know-how that has been gained from hundreds of years and is enriched by the creativity and design knowledge acquired in the academies and segment’s schools. The combination of these characteristics allowed the Florence leather goods and footwear districts to quadruple exports in the last 20 years. After the slowdown from the pandemic, the industry is now living a healthy growth trend once more”.
Visit to Ferragamo
Draghi was welcomed to Ferragamo (in photo from Imagoeconomica) by the new CEO, Marco Gobbetti and the Ferragamo family. “We are honored by Mario Draghi’s visit to our company – said Leonardo Ferragamo -. A significant moment for the people that, with passion and dedication, contribute to making Ferragamo what it is today. Human capital that we are very proud of. We thank PM Draghi for the grand vision with which he is leading our country, an example of the newly found optimism for the future of our beloved Italy”.