Renzi Hails Milan Design Fair as Symbol of Recovery, not Just for 'hipsters'

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi kicked off a showpiece Milan trade fair promoting modern Italian design on Tuesday, hailing it as a symbol of potential economic recovery in a country battered and discouraged by years of recession. Renzi said on the first day of Milan's week-long international design fair, "We are not just talking about stuff for hipsters here, we are talking about a piece of the Italian economy today and even more importantly tomorrow," . The event, which comes ahead of the Milan Expo opening on May 1, is the latest in a string of cheerleading attempts by the 40-year-old premier to convince Italians and foreigners that Italy is beginning to rebound after years of economic decline.