AUSTRALIAN WOOL INITIATIVE: Australian Wool Innovation has introduced a guide to sourcing merino wool garments in Bangladesh. The program, called Out of Bangladesh, is a partnership among AWI and five Woolmark-licensed Bangladeshi knitters capable of producing fine-gauge knitwear. The mills are Designtex Sweaters, Meditex Industry, Moni Fashion, Pandora Sweaters and SQ Group.
FUR AND FASHION: Parsons The New School for Design, based in Manhattan, and the Humane Society of the U.S. will work together to address issues surrounding the use of fur with fashion design and marketing students. Topicanimal cruelty, advertising and labeling issues and environmental impact. Andrew Page, senior director of the HSUS Fur-Free Campaign, said prs to be addressed include esentations will be made to students on a regular basis. The presentations will be elective seminars for the students and not part of the core required curriculum, a Parsons spokeswoman said.
CARGO WOES: Cargo statistics have yet to show any evidence of a rebound in the global economy. The number of loaded containers coming into the Port of Long Beach fell 22 percent in May to 208,591 20-foot equivalent units, or TEU. For the year, the number of loaded containers coming into the port has dropped almost 23 percent to 1.7 million TEU.
Similar declines have been reported on U.S. railroads. According to the Association of American Railroads, the number of containers moved by rail decreased 15.3 percent for the week ended June 6 compared with the same week a year ago. For the year, U.S. rail trailer and container traffic was down 16.9 percent to 4.1 million.
A report from the International Air Transport Association estimated that worldwide passenger demand will shrink 8 percent to 2.06 billion passengers and international cargo demand will dip 17 percent in 2009. IATA said airlines are forecast to carry 33.3 million tons of freight, including luxury goods and cosmetics, compared with 40.1 million tons last year. Air cargo is estimated to account for about 35 percent of the value of goods traded internationally and is a leading economic indicator.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye