Established in 1949, the Associazione Italiana Pellicceria (AIP - the Italian Fur Association) represents the interests of the whole fur industry in Italy: farmers, tanneries, hide importers and wholesalers, artisans, retailers, manufacturers, designers, pattern makers and workers, agents and representatives, companies specialising in cleaning and storage, and companies manufacturing machinery, equipment and accessories for furs.
AIP is non-profit and is legally represented by the National President.
In 1996, AIP established Ente Fieristico Mifur, now Mifur S.r.l., the organiser at Fiera Milano, with the sponsorship and support of ITA – Agenzia ICE , of “The One Milano”, the world's leading international exhibition for the sector's fashion.
AIP is affiliated with Confcommercio Imprese per l’Italia, Confindustria Moda, and AICE, and it is the sole official spokesperson for the entire sector in dealings with government bodies, public authorities, trades union, political and social organisations, and the world of communications.
The Italian Fur Association is divided into ten regional and inter-regional organisations and is a founding member of IFF, the International Fur Trade Federation based in London.
The Association's primary aims include:
promoting correct and complete information about fur through its members
protecting the interests of associated businesses
representing members nationally and internationally
providing a range of services to associated companies
developing and promoting industrial and commercial activities
supporting the inestimable heritage of craft skills
demonstrating the modern side to this ancient and illustrious historical tradition
ORGANISATION and STRUCTURE
The Regional and Inter-regional AIP Associations that are members of Associazione Italiana Pellicceria are represented in the national association by their presidents.
Members participate in the Annual General Meeting with their own Delegates. At the AGM, the results of the previous year are illustrated and the projects and activities for the following year are approved.
The Association follows the implementation of the programme of activities laid down by the AGM step by step and puts everything relating to the association's activities into action.
NATIONAL AIP ASSOCIATION
The headquarters of the national Associazione Italiana Pellicceria are located in Milan. The secretary's office is available to members for requirements and information concerning the sector.
Via A. Riva Villasanta, 3 - 20145 MILANO
tel. +39/02.798115 - fax +39/02.76021349
REGIONAL AIP ASSOCIATIONS
AIP comprises a vast network of regional companies that directly promote their activities in their respective areas and that at the same time work very closely with the national association to coordinate activities regarding: