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Fope opens factory doors as Italy reduces lockdown restrictions

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Luxury fine jewellery brand, Fope, has re-opened its headquarters in Vicenza following an ease in Italy’s lockdown measures.

In line with the rest of the country, Fope’s headquarters closed in March, with the FOPE finance, marketing and sales departments working remotely in order to keep the brand at the forefront of British customers’ minds, but the manufacturing process, which takes place in Vicenza, had to stop.

With many new orders coming in from UK retailers over the first three months of the year, Fope’s manufacturing staff will be working hard to complete these orders ready to despatch when the brand’s UK retail partners open shop again.

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Fope has now implemented all the health and safety precautions requested by the Italian government. The brand’s offices and factory are fully compliant with social distancing measures in place, so the Italian brand’s team of craftswomen and craftsmen are back to doing what they are passionate about – creating jewellery.

Fope chief exec, Diego Nardin, says: “Our colleagues who look after all jewellery manufacturing are now back at the factory, while office work will continue remotely in order to ensure everyone’s safety. We have implemented all the necessary procedures in order to guarantee a safe and healthy work environment.

“The FOPE factory is designed to provide plenty of room and comfort for all of our employees, therefore the social distancing measures have been relatively easy to introduce for all staff, from operating our machinery to working at the benches. The company has taken this opportunity to re-open very seriously: we have a great responsibility towards our staff and we have planned our comeback accordingly.”

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The author Stacey Hailes

Editor, Professional Jeweller

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