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.
MATERNAL MOVE: Marnie Omanoff has joined Liz Lange Maternity as director of brand development, a new post. She oversees the advertising, public relations, events and partnerships for the brand. Most recently, Omanoff spent four years at the small business division of American Express, where she managed advertising, brand and advocacy initiatives. Before that, she worked at Foot Locker Inc., where she managed the brand advertising and vendor partner programs for Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker and Champs Sports for five years.
COLE GOES SWIMMING: 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.