- BURMA BAN:
All imports from the military dictatorship of Myanmar, which are mostly garments, would be banned from the U.S. under a House bill that passed 418-2 on Tuesday. Strong bipartisan support was garnered after last month’s violent crackdowns on pro-democracy leaders in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. GOP Reps Jeff Flake of Arizona and Ron Paul of Texas cast the only no votes. Senate support for the measure is also strong. The action also would freeze Myanmar assets in the U.S., and calls on neighbors China and Thailand to follow suit. Several U.S. firms have already stopped Myanmar imports, citing human rights concerns and military investments in its garment industry.
This story first appeared in the July 16, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Maxine Swim Group Inc. has signed a licensing deal with Kenneth Cole Productions to produce swimwear under the Kenneth Cole New York and Reaction Kenneth Cole labels. Both collections debut this weekend at the Miami swim show and ship to stores in January. KCNY’s separates will range from $18 to $30 wholesale and one-piece suits will wholesale for $33 to $44. Reaction swimwear will be more colorful, with such sportswear-inspired styles like boy shorts, tankinis, halter tops and cover-ups, wholesaling for $18 to $26. Based in Los Angeles, Maxine Swim Group produces swimwear for Surfside, Hobie, VM Sport, Via Marina, Maxine of Hollywood, Liz Claiborne and Hot Kiss.