Originally Posted by KingJulien
There was a six-page article on the Yoox group in the New Yorker last week. Unfortunately I can't link it to you because it's not one of the free ones, but if you're interested it's kinda cool. To answer your question, probably very little. The founder's basically a tech geek that saw an opening.
Yeah, I tried to check out that Yoox article when it was published, but as you said, they lock out the nonsubscribers. Would love to get my hands on it if someone around these parts has a PDF or something handy
Oh, and re: the mafia thing, I did a quick google search and found this article
. Here's an excerpt:
Roberto Saviano, the investigative journalist in Naples who wrote a bestselling book about the Camorra, disclosed how leading fashion designers' companies regularly outsource orders to sweatshop tailors controlled by the Camorra in Campania. Mr Saviano did not name any of the designers but he revealed how big fashion houses supply competing Mob tailors with raw materials. The skilful underworld tailors win the contract while the others are allowed to flood the market with "counterfeit" clothes tailored to specifications received directly from the Milan or Rome firms seen as spearheading some of Italy's most prestigious exports.
Of course, it's super vague and leaves out all the statistics you'd otherwise want, but it's interesting stuff.