After years of fumbling over how to regulate labels on clothing and other non-food consumer products, the European Union is stepping toward a more harmonized system. On Feb. 13, the European Commission, Europe’s executive branch, proposed a package of new rules aimed at improving market transparency, including laws that would require labeling product origin on imported goods — a topic that has caused member states to clash in the last decade.
If the European Council and Parliament approve the legislation, it will go into effect in 2015, supported in the meantime by 20 “concrete actions” aimed at improving controls under the current legal framework. Under the proposed guidelines, goods made in the EU could be labeled either with a specific country’s name, or with a general “Made in the EU” tag, while items produced outside the borders must be labeled with specific country names.
Hermès is launching a Laundromat pop-up shop in NYC - dubbed Hermèsmatic - where customers can bring their old scarves to be dip-dyed by an expert. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @donstahl)