BANGLADESH DENIED: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements on Monday denied a request from Bangladesh for category mergers and a special 15 percent shift in quota into the cotton trousers category, which filled July 31. David...
BANGLADESH DENIED: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements on Monday denied a request from Bangladesh for category mergers and a special 15 percent shift in quota into the cotton trousers category, which filled July 31. David Spooner, special textile negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, sent a letter to a Bangladeshi trade official turning down the request. Bangladesh asked the U.S. for a "special shift" in quota from such categories as women’s man-made fiber blouses and men’s and women’s man-made fiber trousers, according to Ross Arnold, an international trade specialist at the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles and Apparel. The officials also requested a merger of those categories, which would allow for more quota flexibility. Three large retailers cannot get a combined total of 80,000 dozen cotton trousers into the U.S. due to the embargo, according to Arnold, who declined to name the retailers. He said Bangladesh embassy officials claim about 150,000 dozens are either waiting in U.S. ports, on the water or ready to be shipped from the country.
MALDEN FILES REORGANIZATION: After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November, Malden Mills Industries Inc. filed a reorganization plan Monday with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Worcester, Mass. Under the plan, Aaron Feuerstein — who owns the company along with his family — will maintain his role as president and chief executive officer at the Lawrence, Mass.-based knitter, known for its Polartec polyester fleece. The company said the plan will allow it to exit bankruptcy protection by year’s end. Malden said it was forced to file for Chapter 11 after it continued to pay workers following a 1995 fire that destroyed three buildings at the mill’s main factory complex.
EAGLE EYE: American Eagle Outfitters has promoted Susan P. Miller to executive vice president of merchandising for the American Eagle Brand. She will report to Roger Markfield, president and chief merchandising officer, and oversee the merchandising function for all categories of the brand. She joined AEO in June 1994 as a buyer in women’s, rose to divisional merchandise manager of women’s, and was last general merchandise manager. Under her watch, women’s has grown to 54 percent from 20 percent of total sales and accessories, underwear, dormwear and personal care products were introduced.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)