Fashion is mobilising

Edito de rentrée Pierre-François le Louët

Since my last editorial, France has shifted into the containment phase and is now one of the countries hit the hardest by the coronavirus. The epidemic has already significantly impacted the French economic structure, and fashion industries are particularly affected.

The government has announced extensive support measures such as

deferred social security contributions, tax breaks, and extended loan repayment plans. We are very involved in discussions with government authorities and all of our fashion partners to cope with this unprecedented crisis.

During this immensely worrying time, we are here to keep you informed, listen to you, and defend you.

Solidarity and responsibility are the core values of business and of our Fédération. I want to thank all of you who have decided to provide invaluable assistance to caregivers by making protective masks. In particular, I’d like to cite two initiatives. A few days ago, the Comité Stratégique de Filière Mode & Luxe, who has our unwavering support, launched a platform to put manufacturers and fabric suppliers in contact to facilitate the production of protective masks.  I’d also like to salute the project by Mode Grand Ouest, one of the eight regional associations that make up our Fédération. MGO is coordinating several dozen French manufacturers – the equivalent of several hundred seamstresses – who have already started making masks.

And finally, we are aware that many brands are the victims of unacceptable abuse by certain partners who are using the emergency as a disgraceful pretext. In response, the Fédération has set up a committee to help in these often tense negotiations. Together we’ll put this hardship behind us, and it’s important that we work as a community to find solutions to get through these difficult times.

This crisis will end. Its consequences will be immense. For now, it’s imperative to hold on, and we’ll help you do that.