Three recent migrants from Mali and Gambia hit the runway at the Pitti Uomo menswear fair in Florence last week during a fashion show dedicated to promoting emerging talent in Africa. They weren't just stunt casting, however. After the last model strode off the catwalk, Simone Cipriani, head of the International Trade Centre's Ethical Fashion Initiative and the show's co-organizer, took to the stage to announce the creation of a pilot program to train a group of 30 asylum seekers for employment in Italy's textile and ready-to-wear industries, or, if and when they decide to return home, toward the establishment of their own businesses in their countries of origin.
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