LOS ANGELES--Six owners of three garment contracting shops here, indicted on charges of conspiracy and harboring and employing illegal immigrants, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment here Monday. Bouaphanh Thammagno and his wife, Vanhivilay, who officials say own Virgil Apparel at 3109 1/2 Beverly Blvd.; Tawach Hirunpolkol and his wife, Kiriya, alleged owners of Good Line at 1643 North Indiana Ave., and Apai Pinwatana and his wife, Sumran Ngernok, who allegedly ran ASC Fashion on North Virgil Avenue, were all indicted on Sept. 8. The raids on these businesses and subsequent indictments followed the Aug. 2 raid on the now notorious sewing shop in suburban El Monte, where workers were allegedly forced into indentured servitude and held against their will. Unlike the El Monte case, though, where indictments have been brought against nine alleged owners, these three shops were all registered with the state, and there was no evidence of peonage found at the sites. Immigration and labor officials have claimed, however, that the owners of these three shops could all be linked to a Thai smuggling ring, which allegedly controlled the El Monte operation. Dismissing the allegations as pure speculation, William L. O'Bryan, an attorney representing Vanhivilay Thammagno, declared that the government has not charged his client with smuggling illegal aliens, which implies that there is no evidence to support the claims. O'Bryan, who also represents one of the alleged principals of the El Monte operation in a separate case, noted that Thammagno has been charged with employing at least five illegal aliens, some of whom were Thai nationals. "One might guess that the illegal Thai immigrants might have used the same route to come to the U.S. [as in the El Monte case], but it is all speculation," O'Bryan said. O'Bryan claimed the Thammagnos have owned Virgil Apparel for 15 years and have a valid registration and have paid income taxes. Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Robert Reich is taking his anti-sweatshop campaign to the talk shows. On Thursday, Reich is scheduled to tape a Phil Donohue show on "modern-day sweatshops," touching on conditions facing workers in the garment and electrical component assembly industries, as well as domestic help, said producer Rena Donlon. Reich will appear in a segment following testimonials from workers in these sectors. Jeff Hermanson, director of UNITE's organizing, is also scheduled to appear on the show, in addition to industry officials, who haven't yet been booked, Donlon said. An air date for the show hasn't been set.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)