This May 22, 2018, photo shows the new Gucci space is among vendors on the revamped second floor devoted to beauty at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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ROME: Nigerian women who were trafficked to Italy to work as prostitutes have found work in a handbag and dressmaking shop that recently received some top-notch raw materials: 4,000 meters (4,374 yards) of leftover fabric from Gucci.The initiative was announced Wednesday in Rome, complete with a fashion show by the Nigerian dressmakers and a group of Italian design students who helped teach them to sketch and sew the designs, which mix Gucci silks, satins and cotton with bright African prints.The Gucci bolts of fabric were donated as part of the fashion house's philanthropic environmental initiative, Equilibrium, which seeks to distribute leftover leather and fabrics to NGOs that work with marginalized groups.
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