CITA AGOA UPDATE: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements agreed to allow certain non-U.S. lightweight cotton and cotton blend fabrics used in trousers, shorts, skirts, dresses, handkerchiefs, dressing gowns, boxer shorts and other...
CITA AGOA UPDATE: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements agreed to allow certain non-U.S. lightweight cotton and cotton blend fabrics used in trousers, shorts, skirts, dresses, handkerchiefs, dressing gowns, boxer shorts and other apparel to qualify for trade benefits under the short-supply provisions of the African Growth & Opportunity Act. Esquel Enterprises Ltd. of Hong Kong and Textile Industries Ltd. of Mauritius filed the short supply request. CITA also deemed Cape Verde — an archipelago nation off the western coast of Africa — a beneficiary country under AGOA, making it eligible for duty and quota breaks on apparel and textile imports. In related news, CITA has granted duty and quota breaks to handloomed fabric and handmade articles from Kenya, if they are accompanied by an appropriate export visa.
WTO RULES AGAINST U.S. DUTY MEASURE: The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that a U.S. law authorizing the government to pay the proceeds from anti-dumping and countervailing duties to U.S. companies that bring the complaints, causing those duties to be levied, is incompatible with its rules governing world trade. The WTO panel has recommended the U.S. repeal the law. U.S. trade officials said Monday that they have no intention of repealing it and plan to appeal the WTO decision. U.S. steel companies are the biggest beneficiaries of the anti-dumping proceeds because they tend to file such cases. This latest ruling, however, could have implications beyond anti-dumping measures taken by steel producers, by adding pressure to other ongoing disputes between the two trade giants. The EU has threatened to retaliate against a broad range of U.S. products, including textiles and apparel in the two unresolved trade disputes.
KELLWOOD VP:Arthur Isaacs has been named vice president of sourcing for Kellwood Intimate Apparel, the company said Monday. He reports to Jim Mogan, president of the Intimate Apparel division. Isaacs, based in New York, will be responsible for sourcing for the pants/daywear and Crowntuft units of the division. His previous positions include director of manufacturing for Inner Secrets and director of operations for Maidenform.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty