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.
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