WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation launched a get-out-the-vote initiative and Web site on Wednesday, while the American Apparel & Footwear Association revealed results from its most recent straw poll, as the industry’s trade and lobbying organizations gear up for the final leg of the presidential race.
The outcome of the presidential and congressional elections could have a major impact on policies critical to the fashion industry, ranging from trade and job growth to taxes and health care.
One snapshot of the state of the presidential race was unveiled by Kevin Burke, president and chief executive officer of the American Apparel & Footwear Association on Tuesday at the WWD Global Sourcing Summit in New York. Burke said the AAFA surveyed 125 of its members two weeks ago on which candidate would get their vote. The outcome showed 52 percent said they would vote for President Obama and 42 percent said they would vote for Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Six percent said they would vote “other.”
That was a significant shift from a straw poll of 150 industry chief executive officers that the AAFA took at its executive summit in March in which 43 percent said they would vote for Romney and 30 percent said they would vote for Obama. There were still other GOP contenders in the race at the time and 27 percent said they would vote for another candidate. An AAFA spokesman said that about 40 percent of the AAFA’s membership is headquartered in New York, while 35 percent is based in battleground states.
Meanwhile, the NRF hopes to educate voters about the candidates’ positions and how they could effect their businesses. David French, senior vice president for government relations at the NRF, said the Web site, retailmeansjobs.com/election, is a nonpartisan portal intended to bring light to the policy issues critical to retailers and to the 42 million Americans that are directly or indirectly employed in the industry or in companies supporting it. It will compare the positions of the presidential and senate candidates and also highlight the retail industry’s top policy priorities.
The Web site will have several features, including an area highlighting six key issues — corporate tax reform, sales tax fairness on the Internet, implementation of the health care law, labor regulations, credit card swipe fees and trade — and comparing the positions of Obama and Romney, based on public information. It will also feature pages on where Senate candidates stand on those six issues in 33 Senate races.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia