Small spaces up and down Via Tortona and Via Savona that once opened their doors to house fresh, young brands from all over the world now have signs in their windows telling passers by “We are not part of the Fuori Salone”.

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Drugs and design don’t often go hand in hand. So when Maurizio Ribotti, who ran Zona Tortona (the unofficial design hub during Salone) was arrested on suspicion of cocaine trafficking last November, everyone was shocked. It was hoped that Ribotti’s removal might herald a new era for the Tortona district, which has become increasingly dull over the last few years. But sadly this hasn’t been the case.

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