Update on COVID-19

Updated November 18, 2020

There’s a lot happening right now, and that’s had a big impact on the fashion industry we love and serve. Fortunately, Italian apparel, shoe, and accessories manufacturers and Italian fabric suppliers were able to resume on-site operations Monday, May 4, 2020.

However, Italy, as a member of the European Union, currently prohibits nonessential travel to Italy for United States residents. Please visit https://reopen.europa.eu/en for more information.

Still have questions? Check out the FAQ below or message your account manager if you have specific questions on your production or sample order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Italy on lockdown?

While most consumer businesses, such as restaurants and stores, will remain closed at this time, as of May 4, fashion manufacturers and fabric suppliers in Italy will be permitted to resume on-site operations.

The remaining consumer restrictions do not impact the movement of goods into or out of Italy.

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Do you anticipate any delay to sampling or production past May 3, 2020?


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Can I still safely ship you my design sample?

Yes. Shipping, imports, and exports have not been impacted by COVID-19 related restrictions.

Please ask your dedicated account manager for your sample’s destination information.

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Can I still safely ship you my fabrics and hardware?

Yes. Shipping, imports, and exports have not been impacted by COVID-19 related restrictions.

Please ask your dedicated account manager for your material’s destination information.

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Have any MakersValley factories closed or limited their production?

While the Prime Minister’s decree required our network of 125 factories to suspend on-site activities until May 3, they will be able to resume all on-site manufacturing activities on May 4, 2020.

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Have any of the Italian fabric or hardware suppliers that MakersValley factories use closed or limited their operations?

While the materials suppliers we use to source high-quality, Made in Italy fabrics and hardware were impacted by the coronavirus restrictions, they will resume normal operations as of May 4, 2020.

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Should I wait to manufacture my fashion products in Italy?

No, at this time, we do not discourage fashion brands from manufacturing their products in Italy.
This is because:

  • All factories in our network will resume onsite manufacturing operations as of May 4, 2020.
  • Our Italy-based customer service headquarters are still fully operational.
  • The factories in our network have been thoroughly and are continually vetted for quality and labor standards, by our MakersValley team in Italy.
  • We are closely monitoring the situation at all MakersValley factories.

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How can I help?

Do your part by following health and safety recommendations on hand washing and social distancing.

The COVID-19 virus or coronavirus outbreak began in January 2020. Check this page for updates related to the spread of the virus and any resulting impacts to your fashion supply chain. Learn more from the official U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization

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