WASHINGTON — President Obama nominated Inez Moore Tenenbaum to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday, and said he intended to increase funding for the agency and add additional commissioners.
Tenenbaum previously served two terms as State Superintendent of Education in South Carolina. Backed by the domestic textile industry, she ran and lost as the Democratic candidate in a tight 2004 Senate race in South Carolina against Republican Jim DeMint.
In the administration’s budget, expected this month, CPSC would receive $107 million, a 27 percent increase over the previous budget. The increase falls short of an objective Obama outlined during his campaign to double the agency’s funding, but according to White House officials, it is almost three-quarters of the way toward that goal. He will also expand the commission later this summer from three commissioners to five.
The recently enacted Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act mandated tougher lead standards in children’s products, including costume jewelry; increased the age level that defines children’s products to 12 years from eight years, and raised fines for violations to a maximum of $15 million from $1.8 million. The penalty for individual violations, assessed per product, went to $100,000 from $5,000.
Supporters of the legislation argued that to strengthen product safety in the wake of high-profile recalls from China, CPSC needed additional funding and personnel. The business community has said the new law has negative financial consequences and has called for delayed implementation.
The administration also nominated Robert Adler to fill one of the two new commissioner slots. Adler is a law professor at the University of North Carolina with expertise in consumer protection and product liability. Tenenbaum and Adler need to be confirmed by the Senate.
@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