Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Material For Textiles, Apparel, Leather And Related Products
Manufacture Of Wearing Apparel
14.1 - Manufacture of wearing apparel, except fur apparel

84 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 October 2016
Employment effect (start)
27 December 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2017


Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli is to dismiss about 200 employees, mostly at its Italian sites.

The company currently employs 437 employees in the country and 235 abroad. The company CEO explained that costs should be reduced in line with the actual revenues, shrank by 14% last year, and suffering from a significant drop in consumption. Investments aimed at relaunching the brand should also be implemented starting from 2018.

The restructuring plan involves the closure of the office and the creative division in Milan, whose operations will be moved to Sesto Fiorentino (near Florence) and the closure or relocation of several logistics centres, plants and some retail stores, including those in Venice and Florence. The sources report that a minor share of the total job cuts will also affect other sites abroad, for example in Madrid and Vienna.

Unions are holding assemblies in order to organise industrial actions. They complain that the last restructuring plan (see Roberto CavalliIT-2015) failed to increase competitiveness while imposing sacrifices on employees.

Negotiations between the management and workers’ representatives will be held over the coming weeks.

Update, 13 December 2016: The company and unions agreed a reduction of dismissals to 84 workers. The agreement also entails the closure of the headquarters in Milan.  


  • 12 October 2016: Il corriere della sera
  • 12 October 2016: Il Fatto Quotidiano
  • 12 October 2016: Ansa
  • 14 December 2016: Milano Finanza


Eurofound (2016), Roberto Cavalli, Internal restructuring in Italy, factsheet number 88857, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88857.