PRODUCTION DECLINE: Global fabric production fell 3.2 percent in the third quarter of 2006, with all regions posting declines, the International Textile Manufacturers Federation said in a report last week. North America experienced the biggest fall, down 8.1 percent compared with the second quarter. European fabric production declined 7.7 percent, South America's dipped 1.3 percent and Asia's was down 0.9 percent. Global yarn output was also off in the third quarter, falling 1 percent, as a result of lower production in all key regions except Asia. The sharpest fall came in North America, with output down 8.4 percent compared with the previous quarter. Production also slipped in Europe by 6.9 percent and in South America by 4.9 percent, but posted a 2 percent increase in Asia. The ITMF said world fabric stocks fell 0.5 percent in the quarter, while yarn stocks rose 1.7 percent.
GREENING OF NORDSTROM: Nordstrom is going green with its catalogue. Starting in April, the retailer will source its catalogues, as well as its company newsletter distributed to 55,000 employees and its annual report, on paper containing 30 percent postconsumer waste (recycled content) from suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Virtually all of the company's printing partners will be FSC certified. That ensures, through independent third-party audits, that Nordstrom suppliers source their paper from well-managed forests that adhere to strict environmental and socioeconomic standards. Nordstrom distributes catalogues about once a month.
RECYCLING CHIC: Uniqlo, the fashion retailer owned by Fast Retailing Co., is expanding its recycling program to cover all its merchandise beginning next month. Under the program, customers may bring in Uniqlo clothes they no longer use to Uniqlo stores in March and September for recycling and reuse, the company said. Reusable clothes will be given to refugees and displaced persons through the United Nations and other relief agencies, while nonreusable items will be recycled into fuels or materials for textiles and other products. Uniqlo carried out an experimental project in September that collected 140,000 pieces of clothing, of which about 92 percent was reusable, and 6 percent recyclable into fuels and 2 percent into textile and other materials, Uniqlo said.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
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