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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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