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.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
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Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye