Paul Smith to exhibit 14 of Barbieri’s photographs at Mayfair

April 26, 2008 (UK)

This April, Paul Smith is delighted to be hosting the first London exhibition of the work of celebrated photographer, Gian Paolo Barbieri.

Gian Paolo Barbieri was born in Milan in 1938. With a career spanning nearly half a century Barbieri has photographed some of the great beauties; Monica Bellucci, Audrey Hepburn, Anjelica Huston, Iman and Jerry Hall.

In 1965 he joined Italian Vogue and produced the cover of its first issue. His work for Italian, French, American and German editions of Vogue subsequently led to publicity work with the great designers; Valentino, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabanna and Vivienne Westwood.

In 1978 the German magazine, Stern, ranked him among the fourteen top fashion photographers and it was during this period that his assignments for Conde Nast publications led him to remote island destinations where his passion for fashion evolved to include nature and man’s interaction with it.

Paul Smith will be exhibiting 14 of Barbieri’s photographs at his Mayfair shop. All photographs are exclusive to Paul Smith and will comprise of seven fashion images and seven from Barbieri’s ‘ethnic’ archive.

Barbieri’s photographic prints will be available to purchase from Paul Smith, 9 Albemarle Street, available in additions of 7 and signed by the photographer.

Paul Smith

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Jaclyn plans to voluntarily delist Common Stock from AMEX

April 26, 2008 (USA)

Jaclyn Inc announced that it has notified the American Stock Exchange of its intention, subject to meeting certain conditions, to withdraw its shares of common stock from listing on the American Stock Exchange.

As the Company announced in December 2007, a special committee of independent directors unanimously recommended, and its entire Board of Directors approved, plans to cease the registration of the Company's common stock under federal securities laws and to withdraw its shares of common stock from listing on the AMEX.

The Company indicated that it was taking these steps to avoid the substantial and increasing cost and expense of being a Securities and Exchange Commission reporting company and of regulatory compliance under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and to focus the Company's resources on increasing long-term stockholder value.

The Company further announced that it anticipates savings of approximately $500,000 on an annual basis as a result of the proposed deregistration and delisting transaction, as well as an additional one-time savings during its current fiscal year for initial costs of compliance with the internal control provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

In order to deregister its shares of common stock, the Company will need to reduce its number of stockholders of record to below 300. To accomplish this, the Board of Directors has proposed to amend the Company's certificate of incorporation to effect a reverse stock split, which would immediately be followed by a forward stock split.

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US-Brazil Textile & Apparel Summit to be held on April 29

April 26, 2008 (USA)

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market.

What: Textiles and Clothing: U.S.–Brazil Dialogue on the Challenges of Globalization – summit news conference

Who: Kevin M. Burke, president and CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Aguinaldo Diniz Filho,
president, Associação Brasileira da Indústria Têxtil e de Confecção (ABIT) Brazilian and U.S. Government Officials

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 3:30 p.m.

Where: Ronald Reagan Building, Polaris Suite, Washington, DC

Top Brazilian and U.S. textile and apparel executives will meet with U.S. and Brazilian government officials Tuesday to discuss the challenges and opportunities of globalization.

The closed-door, one-day summit will focus on the growing need to form partnerships and cooperate across national borders as the number of formal and informal trading blocs expands throughout the hemisphere and around the world.

At 3:30 p.m, immediately following the summit, a media event will be held by participants to announce the results of the summit and future plans for cooperation.

These plans will underscore the industry's need for market access and improved western hemisphere competitiveness.

American Apparel & Footwear Association

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NEM to launch fashion store in Hanoi

April 25, 2008 (Vietnam)

The sumptuous Vietnamese fashion house NEM, is ready to launch a lavish store in Hanoi on May 1. The boutique will house latest collections by renowned domestic designers as well as by few French ones.

Influenced by French style, the store aims to attract not only the fashion savvy Vietnamese but also international buyers, who visit Hanoi throughout the year. The chic and classy garments which will be showcased here, reflect charm and elegance of France.

NEM fashion line has always been able to attract fashion conscious people of the nation, with their unique creations that are luxurious yet stylish and sophisticated.

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PXA to showcase the best emerging brands of beauty industry

April 25, 2008 (USA)

Perfume Expo America LLc. announced the launch of PXA, a trade show featuring selective perfumery, skincare and cosmetics with a special focus on emerging luxury brands. The new event will take place May 12-14, 2008 in New York City.

PXA is designed to be the major annual gathering of the selective beauty professionals. Although PXA stands for “Perfume Expo America”, the event will features three major components of our Industry: Selective Perfumery, Selective Skincare, and Selective Cosmetics.

Marketing emerging brands to a mix of Independent Retailers, TV, Internet and Catalog sales is one of the big idea that’s shaping our industry right now but every big idea needs implementation. At PXA, we saw the need for an event that will give world marketers the necessary tools to successfully implement this idea.

PXA will showcase the best emerging brands of the selective beauty industry but also Industry services providers as well as the most innovative and successful internet solutions designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment.

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Farasha’s collection for contemporary Arab woman

April 25, 2008 (UAE)

Damas, the leading international jewellery retailer in the Middle East, showcases the latest jewels of its bestselling house brand - Farasha.

Presented in 18k white gold, each piece in the collection is adorned by diamonds and multi-coloured gemstones representing the cultural diversity of Dubai.

Farasha, which translates to butterfly in Arabic, is inspired by metamorphosis – the magical transformation that gives birth to unique beauty and grace.

Similarly, Dubai has evolved itself from a rustic community into a booming international city in just a few decades, an amazing feat by any world standard.

As a collection designed with the contemporary Arab woman in mind, Farasha’s bright, kaleidoscopic colours pulsate, reminding us once again that change is the very essence of existence.

Tamjid Abdullah, Deputy Managing Director of Damas, shares: “Farasha was conceived as a metaphor for Dubai and how it has emerged as a cosmopolitan city.

It signifies growth and vitality that have redefined the sensibilities of the community while staying in touch with time-honoured traditions.”

Abdullah adds the diamonds surrounding the jewellery represent the strong, solid Arabic identity of Dubai while multi-colour stones represent the 200 or more nationalities that comprise the expatriate community, adding colour and excitement to the city.

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ROM to present The Nature of Diamonds

April 25, 2008 (Canada)

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to present The Nature of Diamonds, the most wide-ranging exhibition ever developed on the allure of diamonds. From Saturday, October 25, 2008 until Sunday, March 22, 2009, visitors to the ROM’s Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall on level B2 in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal will be dazzled by the exhibition’s spectacular jewellery and stunning gemstones.

Diamonds is a reprise of an extremely successful and acclaimed exhibition, organised and toured by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in the late 1990s. Featuring approximately 500 objects, the current exhibition is enhanced by new components, absorbing computer animations and compelling multimedia in telling the rich and storied history of this extraordinary material.

In addition to being a collaborating institution on Diamonds, the ROM is proud to be the inaugural and sole Canadian venue in this exclusive North American tour.

William Thorsell, Director and CEO of the ROM, states, “The Nature of Diamonds brilliantly highlights the ROM’s dual mandate of natural history and world cultures. Once again, we have collaborated with other renowned institutions to bring our visitors a comprehensive exhibition focusing on a fascinating, and highly appealing, subject.”

Exploring humankind’s ongoing fascination with the diamond, the exhibition provides an in-depth look at it as a natural substance, exploring its origins, how it is mined, its cultural significance in art, literature and decoration, and its many uses in modern science and technology. This current exhibition includes an insightful examination of the Canadian diamond mining industry, co-ordinated by the ROM curatorial team.

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Ven Ven Vending Machine have you any shirt?

April 23, 2008 (India)

Most of us have the experience of using a vending machine for water, colas, but have you ever given a thought of purchasing a shirt of your choice from a vending machine?

Now, be ready to share this new experience as Grabbit Franchisee Lette, a vending service provider, has introduced this unparallel opportunity in the domestic market. The company has offered a complete Vending Machine for a single brand with signage and visibility along with stand alone availability in malls.

This unique innovative concept is surely a manna from heaven, for those brands and retailers who do not get the chance to reach the consumer through malls, the current rage among Indian buyers.

In an exclusive interview with Fibre2fashion, Mr M D Nayar, the Director of Grabbit, told, “This machine is fully automatic. Currency note of up to Rs1000 as well as credit card can be inserted for purchasing the product and don’t worry, system of money refunding is also there.”

The Director proudly reiterated, “This entire brand Grabbit is developed under Brand Guru, Mr Jagdeep Kapoor, the Chairman and Managing Director of Samsika Marketing Consultants Pvt Ltd.”

Divulging about the present customer base and Grabbit’s market, Mr Nayar stated, "We are receiving an excellent response from the best companies with the best brands whether Indian or International. You can say, quite big names are associated with us. We have already launched vending machines for jewellery and have tied-up with brands like Kisna for diamonds and Agni for gold, and cosmetics ranges like No Mark Cream from Ereser Cosmetic and Lission Colour Cosmetic are also being sold through these machines.

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EDANA’s INDEX Awards presented in five categories

April 23, 2008 (Belgium)

EDANA’s INDEX 08 Awards are the highest accolade for the best examples of excellence in our industry and highlight some of the innovations from businesses of all sizes, from all parts of the nonwovens supply chain.

Five Awards, covering everything from product and process innovations to marketing brilliance, were presented to the winning companies, selected from amongst the nominees, during a special ceremony at 11.30 on Tuesday, 15th April – the first day of the INDEX 08 exhibition.

The INDEX awards jury, which was compiled of former company marketing and R&D experts, the media, and academics, met at the end of January in order to select the nominees and the winners, which remained undisclosed until.

Due to the high number and quality of entries, the jury were hard pressed to filter down the number of nominees to a maximum of only three per category and to select the final winners, who are as follows:.

1. Nonwoven roll goods
THE WINNER: Ahlstrom for Ahlstrom Disruptor Technology
Nanofibre based filter media acting through the combination of two mechanisms: electrokinetics and mechanical entrapment
- Low pressure drop
- High loading capacity
- Superior filtration efficiency

Companies also nominated in this category: E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company – Hybrid Membrane Technology
Freudenberg - TAU

2. Finished products made from, or incorporating nonwovens
THE WINNER: Johnson & Johnson GmbH for Johnson's Baby Extracare wipes

Cleansing and moisturising baby wipe:
- Separate incorporation of cleansing and moisturising impregnants

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Season theme from Malwa Industries

April 23, 2008 (India)

The Spring / Summer 2009 collection is a unique blend of sophisticated and raw looks created through an intriguing play of Colors, Weaves, Yarns & Fibers.

With real time knowledge of the latest trends, finishes & looks in denimwear from its Italian operation, Malwa has crafted the most exquisite collection of fabrics & garments that promises to leave you spellbound).

Malwa today stands tall & proud of its stature as one amongst a handful of denim suppliers, globally, to possess capabilities in offering Total Solutions in Denims and that too from a single point interface.

Malwa Industries Limited

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National Distribution Union welcomes Tariff Freeze

April 23, 2008 (New Zealand)

Announcement by Commerce Minister, Lianne Dalziel, of a freeze on general tariff reductions for two years from July 2009 has been welcomed by the National Distribution Union.

The NDU represents workers in the textile, clothing and footwear industries.

"This was the only sensible approach in light of the outcome of the NZ China Free Trade Agreement," said NDU President, Robert Reid.

"It would have been unconscionable for New Zealand to have unilaterally reduced tariffs quicker than those agreed to in the China FTA," he said.

"The China FTA and announcement have considerably slowed down New Zealand's headlong race to zero tariffs," Robert Reid said.

"The 1996 -99 National Government tried to eliminate all TCF tariffs by 2006.

This was stopped by the Alliance Party securing a tariff freeze from 2000 - 2005 as part of its Coalition Agreement with Labour in 1999.

Without the Alliance, Labour re-introduced a post 2005 tariff reduction regime that has TCF tariffs reducing to 10% by 2009.

However Labour remained committed to APEC Bogor goals that require all tariffs to be removed in developed countries by 2010.

"The timetable for tariff reductions in the NZ - China Free Trade Agreement and announcement of the two year tariff freeze blows New Zealand's APEC commitments out of the water. This is good news for the TCF sector," said Robert Reid.

"However, these actions are too late in preventing the closure and job losses from a number of iconic New Zealand firms," said Robert Reid.

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Bride Show brings ultimate decadence to Dubai

April 21, 2008 (UAE)

The Bride Show Dubai is set be the most decadent yet, showcasing truly remarkable products – from gold and platinum false nails, a cupcake wedding dress and Swarovski encrusted mirrors and cake stands, to couture Valentino, Elie Saab and Ungaro gowns straight from Europe. Kicking off on 23rd April 2008, The Bride Show Dubai will welcome more than 30,000 visitors to an exhibition where the most extravagant and exclusive items can be bought. For those who want hands that dazzle, they can find bespoke nails that are hand-crafted from hallmarked 18 carat yellow gold, white gold or platinum and embellished with diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds.

Made by Xiva Jewels, the retail price starts at approximately AED7,000, the nails are the ultimate luxury purchase. While the average set costs around AED45,000, some VIP bespoke platinum sets, littered with sparkling diamonds, have recently topped AED140,000.

For those who prefer their ‘bling’ on their walls, Crystal Temptations will be offering a range of extravagant and bedazzling Swarovski encrusted mirrors, bringing glam and glitz to home décor. The company also produces a range of cake stands, to give your wedding dessert the maximum impact, which retail from AED16,000 onwards.

The bridal wonders don’t stop there. For fiancés who are still girls at heart, Sprinklez Cupcakes provides perfectly formed individual treats to suit any wedding guest’s preference. Showing off their tasty eatery, the Dubai-based company has created a wedding dress made entirely of creative cupcakes. The dress has to be seen to be believed and is on display in Hall two of the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.

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FEMMY Gala celebrates 50th anniversary

April 21, 2008 (USA)

Keeping the UFC's 50th Anniversary in mind, the theme of the 2008 Student Design Contest was “the future of lingerie in the year 2025.”

After presentation of concept boards in October of 2007, the SAIG committee selected nine Fashion Institute of Technology students as finalists in the student design competition.

Each student received $100.00 for materials. The committee reviewed garments in progress last December and final garments were due one week prior to the Femmy Gala.

The prize money graciously donated by this year’s contest sponsor Calvin Klein Underwear was $2500 for first place, $1500 for second place and $1000 for third place.

FIT Professor Colette Wong with the three Student Design Contest winners: from left: Jessica Ng, Jessica Soto and Amy Krotzer Natalia Cardenas Jeanine Fajardo Amy Krotzer, Third Place Winner Jessica Ng, First Place Winner Jennifer Ostroski Laurie Rosselli

The Underfashion Club Inc supports education for a better industry tomorrow.

At the Femmy Gala on February 5, the student contestants presented their designs, including their original storyboards, to the over 650 industry members in attendance.

Attendees were given the opportunity to meet the students and to discuss with them their concept and garment before voting.

The SAIG committee would like to congratulate each student for a job well done. Special thanks and congratulations go to Professor Colette Wong, Chair of FIT's Fashion Design department for her dedication to her students and to the design contest.

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Stretchline receives Femmy Innovation Award

April 21, 2008 (Sri Lanka)

Stretchline Holdings was recognized as the most Innovative supplier by winning the 2008 Femmy Innovation Award at the Femmy Gala presentation ceremony held on 5th February in New York at the famous Cipriani Ball Room on 42nd Street.

Sponsored by the Underfashion Club (UFC) Inc, The FEMMY Awards honour those individuals and companies that have significantly contributed towards the intimate apparel industry and its growth.

Commenting on the honour Timothy Speidewinde, CEO Stretchline said,“This is the first time ever in its 50 year history that a company outside of the USA has won this award and this is a major achievement not only for MAS but for Sri Lanka as well”

“Winning the Femmy Award has proven that we are the best in the industry,” says the head of Stretchlines Research and Innovation dream team Krishan Weerasansa while continuously striving for greater achievements and challenges.

The team has the ability to transform simple ideas into exceptional achievements such as their patented products; Fortitube bra-wire casing, Locksafe, Bondelast, Ecolastic and Stay4Sure.

Stretchline Holdings Ltd, a pioneer in the MAS Fabric cluster drives through its experience of being at the forefront of high quality, originality, and use of technology in steering the industry forward with innovation.

The company has built their innovation platform on their ability to embrace and respond to the ever changing needs of the Fashion World.

MAS Holdings, an innovation focused company is one of the region’s largest suppliers of Intimate apparel and Active wear.

Operating in five countries with over 44000 people, the company is a vertically integrated apparel service provider to its strategic vendors such as; Victoria’s Secret, Nike, Speedo and M&S.

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Mr Asanka Wimalaratne bags Gold as Young CIMA Star 2007

April 21, 2008 (Sri Lanka)

Asanka Wimalaratne (General Manager, Textprint Lanka (Pvt) Ltd) won the Gold Award at the CIMA Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards held at the Cinnamon Grand on 2nd April, 2008.

The CIMA Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards were introduced five years ago to recognize and facilitate the accomplishment of business leadership and financial professionalism, to recognize talent, skills, to focus on ambition and the determination to achieve.

Asanka began his career at MAS in 2003 when he joined MAS Shadowline as Finance Executive after a stint at KPMG Ford Rhodes Thornton & Co where he was Trainee Consultant since 2002.

In 2004 he joined the MAS Corporate Solutions team as a Financial Analyst before taking on the role of Manager MAS Investments, with the set up of the MAS Investments division in 2006 where he was responsible for the acquisition and set up of the MAS Fabric Park, Thulhiriya.

In 2007, Asanka moved up as Deputy General Manager, MAS Investments and was entrusted with the responsibility of setting up of business operations and managing the project implementation phase, including construction, machinery installation and commercial production, marketing of the business as General Manager of Textprint Lanka later in the year.

The star recipient of the Pinnacle Award, Asanka Wimalarathne mentioned, “I am extremely proud to be part of this prestigious Award, CIMA is a great institution and it has helped me reach for greater heights.

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Student wins 'Fashion with a conscience’ award

April 18, 2008 (UK)

A budding fashion designer from MMU has won the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) annual Student Award for his womenswear designs.

22-year old Nabil El-Nayal, a final year BA (Hons) Fashion student, beat over one hundred entries to take the £1,200 prize.

The competition brief - entitled ‘Fashion with a conscience’ - tasked students to design a capsule collection of 12 outfits that reflected current environmental and social concerns.

Four students from MMU were amongst the 13 finalists selected for the final in London, where they were grilled by seven industry judges, including Wendy Dagworthy (Head of Fashion at the Royal College of Art) and British fashion designer Sylvia Ayton (Vice Chairman of the Costume Society).

Nabil based his award-winning collection on the theme of longevity, in contrast with today’s throw-away approach to fashion. Taking his inspiration from the Elizabethan era and the dark days of the Black Death, Nabil designed a black and white range with simple, clean, flowing lines and a timeless quality.

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Gul Panang launches Duet collection from Titan Nebula

April 18, 2008 (India)

Titan Nebula, the premium 18K gold watch brand from Titan, launched the Duet collection – three pairs of specially crafted gold watches for the wedding season.

Meticulously crafted in 18k gold, this collection is a unique blend of intricate gold craftsmanship and fine watch making technology. Three pairs of gold watches present in leather and gold straps, form the collection.

The dials come in various adorned looks with unique patterns and are embellished with an all round engraved pattern cases. The pair in an all gold look comes with a gold bracelet that drapes beautifully around the wrist.

Nebula is an exclusive collection of 18k solid gold jewellery watches from Titan Industries Ltd and India's first solid gold watch brand.

Crafted in 18k gold, the elegant watches are a blend of the rich heritage of Indian jewellery and the fine craftsmanship of watch making.

The Nebula collection comprises a variety of exquisite watches in 18k gold both plain and embellished with pearls and diamonds.

The Nebula range is available in kada & bracelet styles for women besides the classic leather strap style. For men, there are options available in leather strap or pure gold strap.

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Palladium explodes at Basel Watch Fair

April 18, 2008 (Switzerland)

Jewelers across the globe are talking about the many uses for Palladium, with industry leaders celebrating the beauty of this white, light, natural metal and its unprecedented resurgence in the midst of disrupted precious metal supplies.

The most recognized designers of fine jewelry, watches, rings and wedding rings agree Palladium is the Now Metal. As Kathleen Breski, vice president of Trabert & Hoeffer Jewels, stated: “I’m in the moment, I say ‘let’s do it now,’ and let’s be the first on our block to buy Palladium.”

Palladium stole the show amongst 2,000 world-class exhibitors at BaselWorld 2008, where the biggest names in jewelry, watches, rings and wedding rings gathered April 3-10 in Basel, Switzerland. Venerable brands such as Cartier, Ulysse Nardin, Chopard, Hublot and Parmigiani have already embraced the many uses for Palladium in exquisitely designed collections.

Cartier sold every limited edition Pasha de Cartier timepiece, and its successor, the Santos, sold out before release at the Fair. Parmigiani reports they are now using Palladium in thirty-two percent of the brand.

Legendary designers called the metal’s resurgence a historic moment for the industry – a wave to carry fine jewelry and watches into the 21st century. The reintroduction of a precious metal from the empirical chart is a profound opportunity.

William Goldberg president Saul Goldberg, Vhernier vice president Emanuelle Aliotti Visdomini, and Ulysse Nardin president Rolf Schnyder are among those praising Palladium’s precious and versatile qualities, and the possibilities it poses for fine jewelry.

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Wolverine announces new member to its BoD

April 18, 2008 (USA)

Wolverine World Wide Inc is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph R. Gromek to the Company's Board of Directors.

Gromek, age 61, is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Warnaco Group Inc, a leading designer and distributor of sportswear, intimate apparel and swimwear.

He has held numerous senior positions with a variety of world-class retail and consumer companies including Brooks Brothers, Saks Fifth Avenue and Ann Taylor.

"Joe Gromek's appointment will bring added depth to Wolverine's already strong Board," stated Blake W. Krueger, Wolverine's CEO and President.

"His distinguished track record of building global success with a multi-brand and multi-channel business matches up well with Wolverine's own operating platform.

Joe's experience in building strong customer relationships and operating a wide variety of branded retail stores will prove to be valuable assets as we pursue our vision of becoming one of the world's premier footwear and apparel companies."

"I am pleased to be joining the Board of Wolverine World Wide, a footwear industry leader and innovator," Gromek added.

"Wolverine has an impressive track record of rewarding its shareholders, and I look forward to working with the entire Wolverine team executing the Company's near-term initiatives and impressive growth plans for the future."

Gromek is a graduate of St. Peter's College in New Jersey; is affiliated with the Boards of the Parsons School of Design and Volunteers of America; and is an Advisor of the Jay Baker Retailing Initiative of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wolverine World Wide Inc

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Gilt Groupe launches Men's category with John Varvatos

April 16, 2008 (USA)

Gilt Groupe which provides access by invitation only to coveted fashion and luxury lifestyle brands at prices up to 70% off retail, announced the launch of its new Men's category; the first men's sale is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16th, commencing at 12:00 PM EST.

All Gilt Groupe sales are 36 hours and feature hand-selected items from one designer. The launch of the Men's category complements the 70 + fashion and luxury brands that have been featured.

Gilt Groupe launches their Men's category with John Varvatos, a designer who's universally appealing sportswear has earned him top honors including the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 2005 Men's Designer of the Year and Designer of the Year.

Additional men's sales include Hickey, Dolce & Gabbana, Lambertson Truex, Bobby Jones, John Hardy, Earnest Sewn and Robert Marc. All upcoming sales are announced through the Gilt Groupe's website as well as a weekly e-newsletter.

"Gilt Groupe is the first website to offer men the most desirable designer clothing and accessories at 50-70% off of retail," said John Auerbach, Director, Men's division. "Gilt Groupe affords members the finest brands, ultimate convenience, ease of service, and great value." is able to offer the finest designer fashions and accessories by way of its partnership with the CFDA, providing its members a discrete, efficient distribution channel for excess inventory, overstock, and vendor returns.

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Pony to design Randy Moss signature footwear & clothing line

April 16, 2008 (USA)

The 2007 National Football League season has seen many defenses try and fail to cover the prolific wide receiver, Randy Moss, of the New England Patriots. Pony International is confident it can cover Randy Moss from head-to-toe.

Pony International is excited to announce the company has agreed to an exclusive partnership to design the Randy Moss signature athletic footwear and clothing line. The first wave of Pony's Moss branded gear will arrive in stores August 1, 2008.

"By signing a premier athlete the caliber of Randy Moss, this immediately puts the rest of the competition on notice that Pony is determined to do whatever it takes to be a player in the marketplace," commented Pony International's Chief Executive Officer Kevin Wulff.

"Pony is definitely back in the game in a big way. Not a lot of people can cover Randy Moss, but we feel we can cover him, top to bottom.

The partnership with Moss allows us to supply athletes of all levels with top-notch equipment and put them on an even playing field with their competition."

"I get approached to endorse a ton of stuff each year that really doesn't mesh with who I am or what is important in my life, this agreement with Pony lets me help to give back and help the next wave of young players coming up," said Randy Moss, wide receiver for the New England Patriots.

"I really appreciated the way Pony presented their concepts for my signature brand and wanted to make a great performance line of clothes and shoes for the serious competitor to the weekend warrior."

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Opening of two new LEVIEV stores in Dubai

April 16, 2008 (USA)

LEVIEV, the world's most exclusive diamond jewelry brand, named after 'diamantaire extraordinaire' Lev Leviev, announces the opening of two new LEVIEV stores in Dubai in 2008.

One LEVIEV store will be a flagship boutique located in the most prestigious section of the BURJ DUBAI Mall, billed as the world's biggest mall, under the world's tallest building, the BURJ DUBAI Tower, culminating at approximately 2,000 feet.

Construction of the store will begin in the 4th quarter of 2008, when the mall is ready for tenants, and inaugurated when the mall opens to the public.

The LEVIEV Dubai flagship will be a full-fledged LEVIEV store, complete with elegant design elements that are a constant throughout all LEVIEV boutiques, a private salon, and several thousand carats of extraordinary diamonds.

The other will be a LEVIEV mini-boutique in the lobby of the new and exclusive ATLANTIS Hotel resort on the world-famous Jumeirah Palm Island, currently scheduled to open in September 2008.

The LEVIEV boutique will be only 300 sq. ft., but will have key attributes of the LEVIEV stores in London, New York and Moscow, and offer an extraordinary selection of diamonds geared to the international clientele visiting the ATLANTIS resort.

The two stores come in addition to the LEVIEV shop-in-shop located at LEVANT Jewelers in the lobby of the prestigious Al-Qasr Hotel on Madinat Jumeirah, which opened on March 18th of 2008.

For all itsretail business in Dubai, LEVIEV has partnered with LEVANT Jewelers, the dynamic local company headed by Chairman Arif Bin Khadra, specializing in luxury retail.
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Fabric-style creates special bond with its wearer

April 16, 2008 (UAE)

The global jewellery market is witnessing an explosion of new ideas in gold jewellery design judging by the latest offerings of the region’s gold markets.

One of the notable designs slowly making their way into the mainstream is ‘fabric-style’ gold jewellery – a breakthrough in artistry and craftsmanship that redefine the overall concept of adornment itself.

‘Fabric-style gold jewellery’ – so called for having acquired the unique qualities of a luxurious fabric -- challenges traditional notions one has of the precious metal.

By marrying traditional methods and modern technologies, goldsmiths have created a highly versatile material that gives way to delicate, lightweight and graceful pieces which would have been inconceivable only a few years back. The result is gold jewellery that is dramatic, sensual and highly expressive.

The versatility of this type of gold jewellery is a major advantage for the contemporary lifestyle. Its fine finish and soft texture allows the wearer to achieve different looks with a single piece.

Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and accessories in fabric-style exude movement and fluidity not seen in traditional gold creations, thus creating a special relationship with their wearer.

Lama Al Saheb, PR Manager of World Gold Council explains: “Fabric-style jewellery opens up endless possibilities for the use of gold in adornment.

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Nordstrom to award $10,000 scholarships to high-school juniors

April 16, 2008 (USA)

Nordstrom is pleased to announce it is once again accepting applications for the annual Nordstrom Scholarship Program, now in its 14th year.

Nordstrom will award $10,000 scholarships to 40 high-school juniors from across the country. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding community involvement, scholastic achievement and financial need. The scholarships will be paid in equal installments over four years.

The scholarship program is available in the following Nordstrom regions:
• Los Angeles, Calif.
• San Diego, Calif.
• Bay Area/Sacramento County, Calif.
• Alaska/Washington
• Northern/Central, New Jersey
• Chicagoland/DuPage County, Illinois
• Atlanta, Georgia
• Washington, D.C./Baltimore & Metro Area

"Every year I'm so inspired by each and every one of our Nordstrom Scholarship recipients," said Amelia Ransom Letcher, Nordstrom Corporate Diversity Affairs. "These students, many of whom face tremendous obstacles, represent the best in academic achievement and community service."

Scholarship applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2008 and are now available in high-school guidance offices within participating regions as well as Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores. Winning students will be selected by a committee of local community leaders and will be honored at an awards ceremony within their community.

Nordstrom Inc

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Frankie Morello: a new head office in Milan

April 16, 2008 (Italy)

The opening cocktail of April, the 17th, will open the door of the new Headquarters in Milan of
Frankie Morello situated in Via Pietro Colletta, 22.

In 850 square meters there will be both the press office and the style department, as well as an exhibition room where emerging artists can show their pieces; in the future this space will be opened to the public.

Created and designed by the fashion designers and founders of the brand, Maurizio Modica and Pierfrancesco Gigliotti, this space has been thought as an office-maison where high colours prevail, likewise an intimate and familiar atmosphere.

The line Frankie Morello was born in the 1998 from the stylistic encounter between Maurizio Modica and Pierfrancesco Gigliotti. Maurizio Modica had his first experiences between Paris and Milan. Starting from the artistic field like performer, choreographer, scenographer and costume designer for various theatre and dance companies, later on his collaborations land in the world of design. With Alessi he realizes events, exhibitions and work-shop, one of which is the meta-project "FFF".

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Leading jeweler unleashes ‘Pequignet’ - daring watch collection

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (UAE)

Damas, the leading international jewellery retailer in the Middle East, unleashes Pequignet - the daring watch collection - that blends the best of French and Swiss watchmaking traditions. Pequignet is one of the last truly independent French watchmaking firms which still have control over its creations and production. At its core are highly skilled craftsmen whose passion for perfection is combined with the ambition to enhance an authentic luxury brand. Exclusive, timeless and refined, the Pequignet watch is the fruit of the brand’s adherence to the highest horological standards.

Didier Leibundgut, CEO of the brand, stated: “You can expect something really original and exquisite in the new collection. It is a combination of savoir-faire, creativity and heritage that will capture the imagination of the luxury market in the UAE. I am sure these timepieces will be appreciated by all those who know what quality craftsmanship is all about. We share our passion with those who proudly wear the values of Pequignet on their wrist.”

Commenting on the brand, Tawhid Abdullah, Managing Director of Damas, said: “We are pleased to launch this new French brand in the UAE. Pequignet pays homage to time by creating time-telling instruments of impeccable beauty and authenticity. The latest Pequignet collection expresses technical expertise as well as flair for design which will impress the most selective watch enthusiasts.”

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Baltika steps in to Kaliningrad with Monton

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (Estonia)

Fashion retailer Baltika expanded retail network in Russia by opening their first shop in Kaliningrad, on Saturday 12th April.

The Monton store, which spans 550 square meters, is one of the main fashion anchors at the newest shopping centre in Kaliningrad, the Europa-Centr.The company is also planning to open 14-18 more stores in the second half of this year.

Jaan Järv, Baltika Development Director, says that opening new stores in currently existing markets like Russia is an important part of the company's development plans.

According to Mr Järv, Kaliningrad, with its population of 400,000, was chosen because it is the centre of an area that is relatively undiscovered by retail merchants.

"Many shopping centres are currently being built and there is not much competition. Baltika is definitely one of the strongest leaders of fashion merchandising in the area", said Mr Järv.

"We believe in Monton's success, and this has been backed by good sales figures in the opening days and the fact that Monton is both represented and performing well in five other Russian cities", the development director confirmed.

At the end of March, the second Monton store was opened in the Czech market - in Ostrava, the third biggest city. Anu-Mall Naarits, Marketing Manager of Baltika, said that the store became popular quite quickly and the sales figures are very good.

"I am glad about Baltika's developments in the new market. We have won the trust of the shopping centre developers over a short period of time, which gives us a good opportunity for further developments," added Ms Naarits.

Baltika is planning to open 14-18 new stores in the second half of the year. An Ivo Nikkolo store in Latvia will also be opened in the second half of the year.


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DAMAS introduces Fope's stunning new collection Allegra

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (UAE)

Damas, the leading international jewellery retailer in the Middle East, presents Fope's stunning new collection – Allegra. Recreating the ever joyous progression of clouds in the sky, it features an array of marvelous earrings, rings and necklaces expertly executed using the finest and most precious materials such as white, yellow and rose gold, along with diamonds, sapphires and rubies. The collection offers style conscious women bewitching options paying splendid tribute to one of nature's most abiding sights.

"As one of Italy's most progressive jewellers, Fope continues to delight its fans across the world with exciting new creations. This time it makes visual reference to moving clouds in pieces that highlight its signature weave pattern. I am positive that the Allegra collection will delight women everywhere for its beauty and versatility,” said Tawhid Abdullah, Managing Director of Damas.

Fope has always enchanted jewellery lovers with its deep understanding of the contemporary woman. It comes up with creations that strike a perfect balance between light and heavy, simple and ostentatious. It is little wonder then that Fope’s Allegra collection combines these admirable attributes with aplomb to unveil jewels that women can wear both to the boardroom and to a party.

Allegra's grandest creation is its necklace which encircles the wearer's neck in a slender white gold 'rope'. It arches from the back of the neck in two streams, to highlight the serene beauty of moving clouds that come in the form of handpicked diamond brilliants. The dazzle of diamonds enhances the sheen of the metal to marvelous effect to offer a piece to fall in love with. The design theme is replicated with superlative results in its rose gold necklace displaying rubies, sapphires and diamonds in play of pinks in graduating shades. The warm presence of the rose gold is perfectly offset by the blushing row of rubies to remind you of a splendid evening sky.

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Alberto-Culver to webcast Q2 & H1 results on April 28

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (USA)

The Alberto-Culver Company confirmed today that it will issue a news release regarding its second quarter and first half fiscal year 2008 results on Monday, April 28, 2008.

V. James Marino, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberto-Culver Company and Ralph J. Nicoletti, Chief Financial Officer, will discuss second quarter and first half fiscal year 2008 results with investors in a conference call to be held at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April 28, 2008.

The conference call will be simultaneously webcast. Interested listeners may access the webcast via the Alberto-Culver Investing Section of the Alberto-Culver website, and also on A replay at these web sites will be available for 30 days.

Alberto-Culver Company manufactures, distributes and markets leading beauty care and other personal care products including TRESemme, Alberto VO5, Nexxus and St. Ives in the United States and internationally.

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Burberry reports 18% growth in revenue

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (UK)

Burberry Group plc, the global luxury company, has released half yearly report for the six months to 31 March 2008.

• Total revenue increased by 18%
• Retail revenue up 17%, comparable store sales growth of 6%
• Wholesale revenue increased by 25%
• Licensing revenue unchanged, as expected

Total revenue in the second half increased by 18% on an underlying basis (19% reported), with consistent double-digit growth in both the retail and wholesale channels and in all regions except Spain. The modernisation of our core icons, our diversified product offering and consistent marketing message continue to appeal to consumers globally.

Retail sales, which accounted for over 50% of total revenue in the second half, increased by 17% on an underlying and reported basis. Non-apparel continued to outperform, driven by handbags, shoes, soft accessories and men’s accessories. Product innovation is driving strong growth in apparel in areas such as seasonless and fashion outerwear, knitwear and dresses.

Wholesale revenue, which accounted for 40% of total sales in the second half, increased by 25% on an underlying basis (28% reported), in line with our guidance. As with retail, non-apparel and outerwear were the best performing categories. A more balanced product offer, the more frequent flow of goods to customers and our basic replenishment programme contributed to growth in all ranges.

In North America, our product and marketing strategies resulted in increased penetration of our brand in department stores in key product categories. There were very strong performances from North America and Europe, where wholesale revenue by origin in both regions increased by over 40%. Sales growth in Asia was in excess of 20%, with particular strength in China. Spain remained weak year-on-year.

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National attire goes truly international

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (Kenya)

The traditional garments of Africa, like Kitenge, kangas and kikoy have a special place among the art lovers world over.

The rich and brilliant fabrics attract lot of attention due to their interesting combinations and patterns, and have reached far and wide to steal the hearts of fashionistas.

The garment has 100 percent cotton content and is thickly woven using bright colours. The multicoloured patterns and symbols reflect various moods, culture and customs of African people.

The domestic designers have played a vital role in making these national attires truly international. Kitenge, primarily, is worn by women as wrap-around, headscarf or as a baby sling, the African men wrapped it around the waist during hot weather.

However, presently, a wide variety of garments can be crafted from this unique Kitenge. Many designers have created lovely skirts and dresses out of this fabric, which are wiped out of shelves as quickly as it comes, not only within the country but also globally.

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JC Penney names executives for its Men's & Children's Div

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (USA)

J. C. Penney Company Inc announced the appointments of Steven Lawrence to executive vice president and general merchandise manager of the Men's division and Clark McNaught to senior vice president and general merchandise manager of the Children's division.

In his new position, Steven Lawrence is responsible for the strategic merchandise leadership and development of the business plans for the Company's multi-billion dollar Men's apparel business, including some of the Company's most successful private brands such as Stafford, St. John's Bay and The Original Arizona Jean Company, along with exclusive designer brands including CONCEPTS by Claiborne and Solitude.

Prior to his new role, Lawrence served as senior vice president and general merchandise manager of JCPenney's Children's division since 2006. Before that, he was divisional vice president and divisional merchandising manager for Young Men's sportswear.

Lawrence joined JCPenney in 2000 from Foley's where he held positions of increasing responsibility in men's apparel for more than 10 years. He will report to Ken Hicks, president and chief merchandising officer, and join the Company's Executive Board. Lawrence replaces Lana Cain, who recently left JCPenney to pursue an opportunity outside of the Company.

Clark McNaught, a 25-year veteran of the retail industry, is responsible for the strategic merchandise leadership and development of the Children's division, including the leading children's private brand, Okie Dokie, and the recent launch of Messages from the Heart, a new line of infant apparel and gifts.

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Joe's Jeans sees strong growth in men's line

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (USA)

Joe's Jeans Inc announced financial results for the first quarter ended February 29, 2008. Highlights were:

• Gross sales increased 23% over the first quarter of 2007, exceeding gross sales guidance of 15% growth by 8 percentage points.
• Net sales improved 10% to $15.2 million compared to $13.8 million in the first quarter of 2007 which included an increase of $975,000 in the prior year period relating to an adjustment for returns.
• Gross margins of 45% compared to 37% in the prior year period and a 300 basis point improvement over gross margins of 42% in the fourth quarter of 2007.
• Fourth consecutive quarter of profitability with net income of $843,000 compared to a net loss of $173,000 in the first quarter of 2007, translating into earnings per share of $0.01 on a fully diluted basis.
• Announcement of two retail outlet stores for Fall 2008 at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in New York and Orlando Premium Outlets in Florida.

Marc Crossman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are very pleased to start 2008 off with a strong first quarter. These financial results reflect continued sales growth of the Joe's brand, as well as continued increases to our gross margins.

The sales growth continues to be driven primarily by solid performance in our women's domestic business, strong growth in our men's line and gains in international sales as a result of recent efforts to realign our business overseas. Additionally,we are extremely excited to be opening retail stores in 2008, and believe all of these efforts will lead to long-term success for the Joe's brand and its shareholders."

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Fragrance giant signs distribution agreement with Gemini

Monday, April 14, 2008 (USA)

Coty Inc, a leader in global beauty and the world's largest fragrance company, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Gemini Cosmetics Inc under which Gemini will assume responsibility, on an exclusive basis, for the distribution of Coty Beauty's prestige brands to prestige department and specialty stores in the U.S. market.

Through a strategic and focused approach, the distribution partnership between Coty and Gemini will strengthen and grow the Coty Beauty prestige portfolio. Until now, Coty has handled the distribution of its Coty Beauty prestige fragrances in-house.

In July 2008, Gemini will begin distributing Coty Beauty's Nautica Voyage and My Voyage, Baby Phat Fabulosity, and Kate Moss Kate brands.

In addition, Gemini will distribute David and Victoria Beckham Signature fragrances when they launch in the U.S. in September 2008.

"The strategic partnership with Gemini Cosmetics allows us to accelerate the growth of Coty Beauty's fragrance portfolio business in the United States," said Bernd Beetz, CEO of Coty Inc.

"Using a new distribution partner, we are able to place a greater emphasis and larger focus on growing these brands and on our overall presence in the marketplace. We look forward to a successful partnership that will broaden our reach to the American consumer."

Frank A. Fazzinga Jr, Chairman & CEO of Gemini Cosmetics said, "Combining Coty's innovative and inspiring brands with Gemini's strength indistributing powerful products to consumers sets up a win-win for both companies. We are looking forward to working with Coty on this strategic endeavor."

"Gemini Cosmetics is a powerhouse with a proven track record for successful distribution of prestige brands," said Hans-Joachim Honigfort, President, Coty Beauty.

"This partnership will enable Coty Beauty to build our prestige portfolio in the U.S. marketplace more quickly and efficiently."

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‘The Art of Being Intimate’ for Swarovski Young Designer Awards

Monday, April 14, 2008 (UAE)

Ten local amateur fashion designers and ten fashion students have been short-listed to win the Swarovski Young Designer Awards, presented by The Bride Show Dubai. Each year the Swarovski Young Designer Awards helps propel inspiring fashion designers into the spotlight, annually pushing contestants to their creative limits. This year’s theme, ‘The Art of Being Intimate’ will be used as a source of inspiration for each finalists’ wedding dress creation.

The amateur contestants fare from around the Emirates, consisting of six female designers and four men. Ten fashion students have been short-listed from five different fashion schools, including Mahe Manipal Dubai, Pearl Design Centre, Centre for Executive Education, The French Fashion University ESMOD International, and Preston University Ajman.

Khadija Al-Lamki, winner of the amateur category of the Swarovski Young Designer Awards 2007, said the recognition has helped propel her fashion career. “This was an amazing opportunity for me to show my fashion talent and gain recognition for it,” she said. “I have had an amazing year since winning the award and have embarked on my career as a fashion designer with great success. I am so happy I decided to enter the contest and my hard work definitely paid off.”

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Models exude élan at Greenacres Winter Fashion show

Saturday, April 12, 2008 (Zambia)

The Herald Greenacres Miss Port Elizabeth finalists are bustling with excitement as the D’day comes closer.

These beautiful dames flaunted exclusively designed outfits at the Greenacres Winter Fashion Show held yesterday at Woolworths Court.

Finalists of the show will adorn the latest winter trends by Greenacres retailers like Truworths, Don Marco, Edgars, Foschini, Legit, Aca Joe, Vertigo, Ackermans and Jet.

About 27 stores participated in the fashion show exhibiting a range of collections from casual and trendy to cocktail and evening wear.

Besides, a special wardrobe from Donna Claire for woman with fuller-figure was also arranged for the event.

The Herald Greenacres gala will take place at the Feather Market Center on April 18 featuring the gorgeous and stunning finalists in fashion from Billabong, Truworths and Don Marco.

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Elizabeth Hurley to appear in Estée Lauder ads

Monday, April 14, 2008 (USA)

The year 2008 marks the thirteenth anniversary of Elizabeth Hurley's partnership with Estee Lauder, one of the longest running cosmetics contracts to date.

"Elizabeth Hurley and Estee Lauder have a very special relationship," says Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President, The Estee Lauder Companies.

"Her 13 year tenure with us is a near record in the beauty industry and we are very proud of our relationship. Elizabeth's popularity with the consumer is at an all time high.

She is a marvelous spokeswoman not only for the Estee Lauder brand but also for the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. She is a key member of the Estee Lauder family."

In July, Elizabeth will be featured in new print and television advertising for Estee Lauder's top-selling Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting Serum.

This summer she will also be seen in the print advertising campaign for Estee Lauder's new Sensuous fragrance, communicating sensuality at any age with her fellow Estee Lauder spokesmodels Gwyneth Paltrow, Carolyn Murphy and Hilary Rhoda.

With her timeless beauty, strength of character and sophisticated elegance, Elizabeth embodies Estee Lauder's core values and brand heritage.

Upon signing her in 1995, Mr. Leonard Lauder, Chairman, The Estee Lauder Companies said of Elizabeth, "It was a conscious decision to look for someone who was not just a face, but a real person who had her own persona."

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Schoeffel introduces CINEMA jewellery line

Saturday, April 12, 2008 (Germany)

This luxurious ring and earrings from Schoeffel's Couture Collection come with golden South Sea pearls, diamonds, finest mother-of-pearl, handcarved, in 18kt yellow gold.

Great presentation, great spectacle: the new CINEMA jewellery line is a fascinating panorama in selected shades of finest, handworked mother-of-pearl.

With each movement there is something different to be discovered, a different nuance, a different light. An uninterrupted sequence in Cinemascope.

At the same time, a homage to French cinema of the 1970s: individual, casual, stylish and highly unconventional.

Schoeffel GmbH

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Monte Carlo ‘Summerz ‘08’ collection depicts timeless creation

Saturday, April 12, 2008 (India)

All set to storm the fashion market, Oswal Woolen Mills have unveiled their latest Monte Carlo collection named "Summerz 2008".

Known for their comfort and durability, the brand has become a synonym for fashion statement. The collection is composed of youthful, vibrant and elegant range for both men and women, plus a range of accessories.

Having been categorized into various fashion categories ' casual, 'formal, 'ethnic, 'traditional, 'contemporary and designer wear, the latest range in fact has completely redefined that "fashion is never static."

Right from fashion trousers, threaded cargos, polka shirts and striped and printed T shirts in men's category, the collection offers the dreamy mix of floral elegance with silky seduction and a reinvented timeless classic in shape of shirts and pencil denims for the women of modern world.

Ms. Monica Oswal, Executive Director, Oswal Woollen Mills (OWM), said “the range goes perfectly with the changing mores of the youth and working class which always goes in for carefree and relaxed lifestyle thereby making the brand to look for comfortable but classy wear.

Monte Carlo is a brand created for a generation of women and men who wear what they like and firmly believes in individual looks.

Almost every piece designed and created for “Summerz ‘08” collection depicts timeless creation blended with sophisticated simplistic detail. We hope that the summer 08 would undoubtedly become apart of everyone's life.”

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'Elba' - latest handbag from Hidesign

Saturday, April 12, 2008 (India)

‘Elba’, the latest handbag from Hidesign, is best suited for a casual day at work. Elba is classy and extremely feminine.

The refined yet understated statement of ELBA is ultra modern and unique.

A clearly feminine and sophisticated work bag, Elba’s clean exteriors and roomy uncluttered interiors make it comfortable for everyday use.

The shining silver handle fitting, subtle perforated pocket detail and smooth leather used make this handbag a smart choice for the woman who is professionally chic.

This tactfully designed multipurpose handbag is priced. Elba is available in the unique tan and olive colors.


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Bodo looms have new garments to work on

Saturday, April 12, 2008 (Bhutan)

The Bhutanese kira and boku (traditional garment for women and men respectively) have rapidly captured the attention of Bodo weavers in Assam who endeavors to tap the Bhutanese textile market in a very short while.

Already, weavers from Chirang and Kokrajhar districts in Assam have captured about 8-10 percent of the Bhutan textile market and looking at the present trend it is more than just convincing that bodo weavers are set to achieve newer heights.

It all started with a discovery of growing demand for clothes woven in Assamese looms and since then weavers in Northeast India have not failed to bank on this burgeoning trend. More so because this trade proved lucrative and helped erase the enduring poverty of these neglected villages.

Bodo women have earned the reputation of being an expert in the traditional skill of weaving. This is abundantly borne out by the fact that Bhutan is virtually guttling all the clothes produced in the region.

A variety of half-kira of various length, breadth and colors and even bed sheets specially designed on orders has fetched good revenues to the weavers.

Markets in Thimphu and Bumthang are flooded with Bodo weaved clothes and there is absolutely no dearth of orders for these craftsmen who have lived long under the apprehensions.

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Textiles, pulp & paper industries offer substantial energy savings

Friday, April 11, 2008 (China)

A new energy saving services program was successfully launched last week by an alliance of international leaders in energy efficiency and energy financing. The launch event was attended by senior executives of major companies from the textile, pulp and paper and other energy-intensive industries as well as local and foreign government representatives and key industry associations.

The innovative Energy Savings Solutions (ESS) program, which offers access to energy savings solutions with no capital investment required, was introduced by the “Asia Energy Efficiency Alliance” (AEEA) – a consortium led by Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS) and Asia Clean Capital Limited. The Alliance and its unique ESS program combine a number of complementary strengths and technologies, including the engineering and project implementation excellence of Honeywell with project funding expertise of Asia Clean Capital, to create tangible business and environmental benefits for energy-intensive industries.

Two other alliance members, Solar Turbines Inc. (a Caterpillar Company) and Thermal Energy International Inc., are providing a range of leading-edge technologies focusing on energy recovery, steam system efficiency, bioenergy, co-generation and tri-generation solutions.

“We are very pleased to support this event, as we are committed to encouraging major energy-using companies in Dongguan region to adopt energy savings solutions and protect the environment” said Mr. LIU Qing Tang, Director of the Energy Use and Monitoring Centre for the Dongguan Economic &Trade Bureau (DGETB).

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Shri Saran welcomes the extension of DEPB Scheme

Saturday, April 12, 2008 (India)

Shri Sanjeev Saran, Chairman of The Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council has welcomed the provisions of the Annual Supplement to the Foreign Trade Policy announced and termed them as generally positive and practical.

Shri Saran welcomed the extension of DEPB Scheme till May 2009 as it would remove the prevailing uncertainty about the Scheme.

He was also appreciative of the decision of the Government to pay 6% interest to exporters on delayed refund of terminal excise duty and CST as this would go a long way in getting timely refund to exporters. He also welcomed the extension of interest subvention on Export Finance by one year.

The SRTEPC Chairman also welcomed the reduction in Customs Duties from 5% to 3% payable under EPCG Scheme and the move to allow exports made towards fulfillment of export obligation under EPCG Scheme to be eligible for incentives under promotional schemes and hoped these would go a long way in helping exporters take advantage of EPCG Scheme for modernization of textile industry.

He added that the inclusion of countries like Albania, Djibouti, Sudan, Ghana and Colombia under the Focus Market Scheme would help in increasing exports to these countries.

However, the SRTEPC Chairman expressed his disappointment that no measures have been introduced to refund state level taxes which has been long standing demand of the exporters. He felt it is a recognized problem and the question is finding the mechanism.

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Petrochemicals producer Westlake files $750 mn Shelf with SEC

Saturday, April 12, 2008 (USA)

Westlake Chemical Corporation announced that it has filed a universal shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the registration and possible issuance of up to $750 million of securities which may include common stock, preferred stock, senior debt and subordinated debt (which may be convertible), and warrants to purchase Westlake securities.

The registration statement also covers 4.5 million shares of Westlake's common stock owned by TTWF LP, the company's largest stockholder. This registration statement replaces the company's prior $750 million registration statement, which had been reduced in size as a result of a debt offering by the company and an equity offering by TTWF in 2006.

The 4.5 million shares now being registered by TTWF are the balance remaining from TTWF's 10 million shares originally registered under the prior filing after deducting TTWF's 5.5 million shares sold in 2006.

Upon being declared effective by the SEC, the shelf registration statement will allow the company to sell, from time to time, the various securities in one or more offerings, and will allow TTWF to sell shares in the company. Neither the company nor TTWF has an immediate need or plan to sell any securities under this shelf registration statement.

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Noman aims high with new textile unit

Friday, April 11, 2008 (Bangladesh)

Noman Group, leading textile industry of Bangladesh, is ready to set up a new garment manufacturing unit. The company exports home furnishing and apparels products worth almost US $10 million every month to US, UK and many European countries.

The Group already holds a strong position in the country, with one more unit coming up, the position will only get stronger in Bangladesh.

In an exclusive interview with Fibre2fashion, Nurul Islam, Managing Director, Noman Group, divulged, “We are putting up 1,000 air jet looms and a complete dyeing range at Tongi, in Gazipur to dye various fabrics. The machinery required for the unit has already being imported, the company has invested nearly Tk300 crore on this project.”

Mr Mostaqur Rahman, AGM, Marketing of the company further informed, “The total investment of Noman at present is approximately Tk800 crore. Currently, the group has five spinning mills and a dyeing and finishing mill in Gazipur, Sreepur and Tongi. “

Talking about recent expiry of quota on Chinese textiles, Mr Rahman asserted, “We are ready to tackle this situation. We can still provide GSP certificate as well as there are huge number of customer base who will support us.”

Expressing his concern over Governments recent decision on rationing gas, the AGM Marketing stated, “This action will surely hamper the dyeing and finishing industry as it is totally dependent on gas for its working."

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Sono-Tek announces 1st WideTrack Textile Coater sale

Friday, April 11, 2008 (USA)

Sono-Tek Corporation announced the sale of the first ultrasonic WideTrack Textile Coater for industrial use. The coater is based on Sono-Tek's proven WideTrack platform, which has been successfully used in many glass line coating applications over the past four years. The unit was sold to a major textile company, and will replace a traditional finishing line at the customer's facility, which applies several different finishes to the fabric.

The current approach in the industry to textile finishing involves running a fabric line through a bath of chemicals and water to impart a desired property such as water repellency, stain repellency, antimicrobial action, flame retarding properties, etc. After this bath, the excess liquid must be removed from the fabric, typically by passing the fabric line through a heating section to evaporate the moisture. Since most fabric finishing treatments are only required on or near the surface of the material, the bath method is wasteful of chemicals, water and energy.

Sono-Tek's new WideTrack Textile Coater provides a series of ultrasonic nozzles in a unit positioned over the fabric line, plus a computerized control system to determine the flow of liquid required depending on the speed of the line and the performance requirements of the finishing coat, and an integrated pumping system. Less of the finishing liquid can be used in achieving the required performance, and a reduction in heat energy is also achieved. Textile customers have tried to use traditional pressure nozzles in the past to replace the bath method, but had problems with clogging in the small openings required in these nozzles.

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JAPANTEX for home fashion to take place in November

Friday, April 11, 2008 (Japan)

The members of NIF are Japanese companies engaged in the manufacturer, wholesale and internatonal trade of curtains, carpets, linens, upholstery, yarns and other related materials. We are one and only Association of hometextiles in Japan.

For those wishing to know more about the interior fabrics market of Japan and the Asian area, we would like to extend our invitaion for you to visit JAPANTEX.

The next edition will be held on November 19-22, 2008 at Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight). We welcome you to the interior market of the strongest economic country in Asia.

By exhibiting you will get to know more about Japanese commerce industry on home fashion, furnishing, display, contract and interior market.

Nippon Interior Fabrics Association

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ICC to organize Shanghai Kaleidoscope in May

Saturday, April 05, 2008 (Canada)

The Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents Shanghai Kaleidoscope from May 4, 2008 to November 2, 2008. Organized by the ICC at the ROM and guest-curated by Christopher Phillips of New York’s International Center for Photography, the exhibition will offer an unprecedented view of one of the world's most dynamic cities, highlighting an emerging generation of Chinese artists, architects and fashion designers. The exhibition, presented by Manulife Financial, will be on display in the ICC’s Roloff Beny Gallery on Level 4 of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

Shanghai Kaleidoscope focuses on the key aspects of the city’s vibrant culture: architecture, urban design, contemporary art, cinema and fashion. Working with the ICC, curatorial consultant Christopher Phillips has created the world’s first exhibition that examines the city’s fascinating and quick reconfiguration as a 21st century city through an adventurous mix of video installations, photo-works, designer fashion apparel, runway videos and films by Shanghai's leading contemporary artists and designers.

The exhibition provides an insider's view of the city’s high-speed, high-density, high-rise culture, seen from the vantage point of those who are taking part in its astonishing transformation and growth.

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Nightwear brand Undercolors opens 3 Gloss stores

Saturday, April 05, 2008 (Italy)

Undercolors – the Benetton Group's underwear, beachwear and nightwear brand – opens tomorrow three new important stores in Milan, Palermo and Taormina. These new locations confirm the fast growing pace of the brand, which in the past months has opened its doors in the most important Italian and European cities, with a style enhancing the brand identity.

Palermo, in particular, hosts one of the largest Undercolors in the world: 7 windows for the most complete display of the whole Undercolors range. In Milan the brand opens in Corso Buenos Aires, reknown shopping area. Glossy restyling for Taormina store in Santa Caterina square, the most striking square of the town.

New markets where Undercolors is concentrating future expansion are India and Eastern Europe. Undercolors turnover grew by 12% in 2007. Its international expansion will continue with 30 more new stores in the Spring Summer 2008, some of which with large surfaces, like Palermo for example, to offer the whole range of the brand.

Gloss, Undercolors' brand-new store concept, uses colours, forms and fittings to highlight the brand's more sophisticated, feminine identity and seduces customers with an inviting environment and a warmer, more personalized atmosphere. With this new store layout Undercolors' two lines are instantly distinguishable.

Fun, the ironic line designed for those who prefer colourful, light-hearted underwear, looks its best against a glossy white background. Charme, the Clean Sensuality line for women who seek simple seductiveness, stands out against glossy grey walls. The shop windows have modular-panels making it simple to adapt product to space, showing off both to best effect.

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GT cars inspired by new TAG Heuer Grand Carrera

Saturday, April 05, 2008 (India)

TAG Heuer, the worldwide leader in luxury sport watches and chronographs launched the new TAG Heuer Grand Carrera. This is the new premium collection of superlatively sophisticated timepieces inspired by the spirit of modern GT Cars.

The 9th TAG Heuer Precision Golf Tournament was held at the picturesque DLF Golf & Country Club earlier. A hundred players including some of Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore, Kolkata and Srinagar’s finest participated in the tournament including former golf champions, corporate bigwigs and renowned celebrities among others. The game was played on an individual format against Bogey where the scoring was done on a Bogey Format.

At a press conference held at the DLF Golf & Country Club, Manishi Sanwal, General Manager, LVMH Watch & Jewellery India Pvt Ltd, Marcus Stadelmann, President for South-East Asia, LVMH Watch & Jewellery and TAG Heuer Brand Ambassador Shah Rukh Khan, unveiled the new offering by TAG Heuer, the Grand Carrera.

The new TAG Heuer Grand Carrera embodies TAG Heuer’s unique motor racing heritage and passion for Avant-Garde Design and Technology.

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Premium offers Chocolate pearl jewelry for spring

Saturday, April 05, 2008 (USA)

Premium Pearl is offering a new line of chocolate colored pearls with their spring collection, including earrings, pendants, and necklaces. Chocolate pearl jewelry is the fashion jewelry trend this year.

According to an industry poll, more than 1000 women were asked what kind of jewelry gift they hope to receive for holiday, 30 percent chose diamond right-hand ring. However, 28 percent would prefer a chocolate pearl ring as a perfect holiday gift.

“I’ve been in the pearl business for years, and I’ve never seen anything like the excitement that surrounds these chocolate pearls,” says Yan Berry, creative director and founder of Premium Pearl. “It’s not every day that customers have the opportunity to be part of a jewelry revolution. They are the new hot item in jewelry this spring.”

These delectable chocolate brown pearls are color enhanced freshwater, Tahitian, or South Sea pearls. Berry says: “Chocolate brown is such an important color in fashion, so as chocolate pearls.

From Premium Pearl New Chocolate Pearl Collection, the glowing luster of the pearls, mixing with gold and sparking diamonds, add contrast to the look, and create a very fashionable and fresh sensation. The color effect matches so well with the fashion color trend of this spring - gray, champing, black and white combination, cream, pink, and brown.”

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Outdoor clothing manufacturer opens new Boulder store

Saturday, April 05, 2008 (USA)

Outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia will put its money where its environmental activism is with the grand opening of its new Boulder store on the Pearl Street Mall on April 5. On that day the company will announce the winner of an online “Voice Your Choice” campaign awarding $5,000 to a local environmental organization selected by the community.

Area residents have cast their votes for Eco-Cycle, Prairie Dog Coalition, Rock the Earth, Thorne Ecological Institute or Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, all Boulder/Denver-based groups working to restore and protect the environment. The campaign has drawn more than 120,000 votes since it kicked off January 17.

“Our Voice Your Choice program has two purposes: helping local environmental organizations continue their work, and raising public awareness about the various environmental projects taking place in the community,” said store manager Katherine Demsky. “Boulder has responded in huge numbers, and we believe it’s because local residents are as passionate about these issues as we are.”

Historic Recycling:
The new Patagonia store is located in a historic building at 1212 Pearl Street that dates back to 1875. The building was constructed during a local gold and silver mining boom as the newly prosperous town replaced hastily built wooden storefronts with brick and stone structures.

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Superior Galleries to auction Roadrunner Collection

Saturday, April 05, 2008 (USA)

DGSE Companies Inc, which wholesales, retails and auctions fine watches, jewelry, diamonds, precious metal and rare coin products via traditional and internet channels, announced that Superior Galleries has acquired the Roadrunner Collection of Rare U.S. Coins and Currency to be auctioned in their Beverly Hills Pre-Long Beach Elite Auction May 26-27, 2008, held immediately prior to the Long Beach Coin Convention. This particular collection will be held as an exclusive evening session on the 26th of May, and is anticipated to realize in excess of $1,300,000-1,500,000.

This exciting collection includes almost 125 lots of fresh U.S. coins that have been privately held for years. Included are a number of shipwreck recovery coins - both silver and gold, patterns, superb Morgan and Peace dollars, branch mint Liberty gold eagles, No Motto double eagles, California Fractional gold, and rare currency. The consignor spent many years acquiring the finest pieces as evidenced by the grades assigned to each by NGC and PCGS.

Paul Song, Senior Vice President of Superior Galleries stated, “We are delighted that this exceptional collection has been entrusted to Superior Galleries, and we look forward to offering it to an extremely eager collecting public. The collection will certainly be the cornerstone to our May 26-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Elite Auction, and we are working vigorously to make this a memorable auction indeed.”

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Kimberly Yurisich brings cult luxury handbag line to USA

Friday, April 04, 2008 (USA)

Notting Hill Design the luxury handbag label based in the heart of West London, announced the launch of their line in the United States.

The collection of bags are inspired by 20th century design – particularly the golden period of the 40's and 50's - defined by clean, sculptural lines with a sense of proportion.

Created by Kimberly Yurisich, a trained architect and former New Yorker with a luxury fashion background, and her husband Steven, the bags have long been a favorite in the United Kingdom.

Handcrafted in Italy from the finest Italian and French leathers and exotics (including python and ostrich) in a vibrant palette of colors and distinctive textures and finishes, Notting Hill Design leaves no detail unfinished.

With a collection ranging from their larger shoulder bag called the "Westbourne" to their red carpet worthy clutch the "LoLA", the line caters to a wide array of women who appreciate luxury and style.

Each bag incorporates brilliantly sculpted lines and soft curves enhanced with subtle touches of hand crafted metalwork.

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English fashion designer launches e-commerce in USA

Friday, April 04, 2008 (UK)

Stella McCartney announced the launch of its e-commerce site following the relaunch of its branding site last month.

The new online store is part of the global expansion of the brand which also just announced the openings of several retail locations worldwide to accelerate its distribution plans.

E-commerce is exclusive to the US market, and will be followed by UK launch in the UK in the fall.

The e-commerce site offers a wide selection of the Spring/Summer 2008 collections, including ready to wear, and Stella's cruelty-free shoes, bags and accessories.

Each item is available to shop separately or "by look," styled by Stella herself, with a video option to see the clothes in movement.

To celebrate the launch, each new member can get a chance to win a Stella Golden Ticket and win a new appaloosa bag. Stella McCartney also offers carbon neutral delivery options for the environmentally-friendly consumer.

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Make your feet look beautiful with YogaToes

Friday, April 04, 2008 (USA)

With spring here and summer fast approaching, open-toed shoes grace the pages of every fashion spread. That said, attractive feet are a MUST!

YogaToes are a revolutionary new patented product that help feet look and feel great. YogaToes beautify feet with passive exercise that helps to straighten bent toes and alleviate foot pain caused by tight shoes, high heels and overexertion.

"Women aren't about to trade in their stilettos anytime soon," said Frederic Ferri, YogaToes inventor.

According to Ferri, "YogaToes alleviate foot pain caused by high heels or from spending too much time on your feet at work, dancing or playing sports. Essentially, they'll put feet back into great condition."

YogaToes are easy to use. Just place them in water for few seconds to make them slip on quickly and easily. Wear them while relaxing to help stretch cramped feet, strengthen and align foot muscles and increase circulation.

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Pajar launches Paris Hilton's new footwear collection

Friday, April 04, 2008 (Canada)

Ever wondered what it would be like to walk in an heiress' shoes for a day? Soon you can...with the upcoming April launch of the highly anticipated signature footwear collection from Paris Hilton.

The exclusive Canadian Paris Hilton Footwear Collection launch will take place at Browns Shoe Store (1191 Ste-Catherine) on April 5th from 1-5 pm, where Paris will personally unveil her new line of stylish, comfortable and affordable footwear.

Plus, from April 1st to the 5th, girls can not only get a sneak peak of the line at Browns downtown Ste-Catherine store, but the first 200 customers to make a purchase from the Paris Hilton Footwear Collection during that time will also get the chance to meet Paris and receive an autographed photo at the April 5th launch event.

The Paris Hilton Footwear Collection features a range of styles that are chic and trendy - from sexy stilettos and platforms to must-have flats, wedges and boots - while boasting the highest-quality components and finishes. Paris - a dedicated shoe afficianado - has personally selected the styling, design, materials and colors for the line, while working with the collection's exclusive Canadian distributor, Pajar Footwear, to bring her vision to life.

The Spring Paris Hilton Footwear Collection will be available in Montreal exclusively at the Browns downtown Ste-Catherine store. Fall previews will be available at Sterling, Sears, and select specialty boutiques across the country.


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CMC La Majors Market is fast approaching

Friday, April 04, 2008 (Canada)

From April 7-9, 2008, the LA Majors Market will pack in three days of fashion shows, presentations, trend forecasting and networking for major department and specialty stores.

The California Market Center’s (CMC) LA Majors Market the event where retailers come to purchase high-volume quantities of merchandise from a range of junior, tween, young contemporary, and women's apparel categories.

The CMC’s LA Majors Market will host exhibitors such as Bongo, Candie’s, Dollhouse, Eyeshadow Girls, Fleurish, Hippie Jeans, Hot Tempered, Jordache, Mudd, Paris Hilton, Seven 7 Jeans and Union Bay, in addition to such new exhibitors as Ethanol Jeans, Just One, Mamba and NTD Apparel.

The LA Majors Market is one of the most highly anticipated markets for the CMC due to the volume of orders that the permanent and temporary showrooms receive.

“The Majors Market gives retailers a great opportunity to shop a wide variety of categories and purchase the merchandise that they need in high volume for the entire season,” said Joanne Lee, Sr. VP.

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