Carlo Barbera Mill Purchased by Kiton

As an addendum to my post on the Carlo Barbera mill and the Made in Italy label, it was reported a few days ago that the Neapolitan tailored clothing company Kiton purchased “a controlling stake in the mill,” according to WWD. Journalist Jean Palmieri (a former colleague of mine) reported that “Competition from low-cost manufacturing countries has bitten into Carlo Barbera’s bottom line over the past few years.”

Kiton CEO Antonio De Matteis said Luciano Barbera will act as a consultant for the mill and its 40 employees will be retained.

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