The retail industry isn’t wavering in its support of the North American Free Trade Agreement and it’s pushing the Trump Administration to let the trade program be.In a Tuesday joint letter to the new U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who was sworn in on Monday, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, the National Retail Federation, the American Apparel & Footwear Association and the U.S. Fashion Industry Association laid out their “strong support” of NAFTA, which allows duty-free trade between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.After rumblings that President Trump was looking to trade as his next policy focus and considering pulling the U.S. out of NAFTA entirely, as he did with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the White House has switched to “renegotiation” mode, but the industry is still wary as to what exactly will come of any changes.The associations admitted NAFTA could benefit from an update since it was drafted more than 23 years ago, including areas like customs enforcement and e-commerce, but said any renegotiation of the deal should “do no harm to the successful supply chains we rely on today,” according to the letter.“Any improvements should provide for a seamless integration with the existing NAFTA agreement,” the groups added.Hun Quach, RILA’s vice president for international trade reiterated that stance Wednesday, adding “Our priority is to make sure the administration understands what retail’s interests are in any NAFTA renegotiations.”As for what prompted the letter, the swearing in of Lighthizer is seen by sources as an accelerant to talks around NAFTA, promised changes to which were part of President Trump’s campaign.Lighthizer, joined by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, also met with Senate leaders on Tuesday to discuss their trade agenda and other trade talks have included mention of the TPP, leaving open the possibility for elements of that long-negotiated deal to be revived in a new NAFTA agreement.The TPP was a hallmark of the Obama Administration that at its core cut tariffs between 12 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean in an effort to strengthen economic ties and increase trade. Trump called the TPP a “disaster” during his campaign and said the deal would further hurt manufacturing in the U.S.A notification to Congress regarding formal NAFTA renegotiation talks could come around Memorial Day and the administration has purportedly expressed a desire to complete any revisions to the deal by the end of the year.The administration is also planning to complete tax reform by the end of the year, though no detailed proposal has been made public.For More, See:PVH, J.C. Penney, VF Execs Tell Mnuchin They’re ‘Eager’ for Tax ReformMexican Mall Developers Push Ahead Despite Trump UncertaintyTextile Group Backs Trump's Trade and Tax Goals
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.