A New Trade Era Dawns: Global Uncertainty Reigns As Quotas on Apparel End

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As the third day of commerce dawns in a post-quota world, questions rage about the ultimate impact of the removal of apparel and textile import limits.

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A New Trade Era Dawns: Global Uncertainty Reigns As Quotas on Apparel End

As the third day of commerce dawns in a post-quota world, questions rage about the ultimate impact of the removal of apparel and textile import limits.

clock January 3, 2005Kristi Ellis

Jil Sander

Fashion Features

Sander Brand Numbers Revealed

There’s uncertainty over the creative path of Jil Sander sans its namesake designer, but a clearer financial picture is emerging about Prada’s unit.

clock January 3, 2005Amanda Kaiser

Fashion Features

In Brief: PPR Sells Stake … Levi Extends Tender Deadline … Nike Loses Suit

PPR SELLS STAKE: French retailer Pinault-Printemps-Redoute is selling its remaining 10 percent stake in consumer credit firm Finaref to French bank Credit Agricole in a deal valued at 265 million euros, or $360.9 million at current…

clock January 3, 2005WWD Staff

Miguel Peña’s silk chiffon top and silk and cotton trousers.

Fashion Features

The New Players

Fashion is nothing if not a game of chance, and the people behind three new design firms are rolling the dice this season looking for a winner.

clock January 3, 2005WWD Staff

Morio Ikeda

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Shiseido Bullish About Overseas Markets

Morio Ikeda, Shiseido’s president and ceo, anticipates foreign sales next year, especially in China, will outpace revenues in the Japanese market.

clock January 3, 2005Koji Hirano

Fashion Features

Obituary: Harry Martindale

LOS ANGELES — Harry Martindale, former Pacific Coast director for Fairchild Publications, died Dec. 30 at age 99 in Newport Beach, Calif.

The cause of death was heart failure and pneumonia, according to John B. Fairchild, former chairman…

clock January 3, 2005Michelle Tyree


Christopher & Banks Comps Fall in Dec.

NEW YORK — Christopher & Banks suffered the effects of the lackluster holiday season, as the company reported frigid comparable-store sales results for December.

For the four weeks ended Dec. 25, the Minneapolis-based specialty…

clock January 3, 2005Ross Tucker

Leigh Bantivoglio will launch her first holiday collection.

Fashion Features

Kicking Off New Year With Innovation

January might be a compact market, but it’s a key barometer of what’s to come in 2005, in addition to reviewing fourth-quarter results.

clock January 3, 2005Karyn Monget

James Amos

Fashion Features

Boodles Ogles the U.S.

Changes are taking place at Boodles, the 207-year-old British jeweler, including plans to set up shop in the U.S. for the first time.

clock January 3, 2005Samantha Conti

Fashion Features

Findings: Moving On … Humming Along … Future’s So Bright

MOVING ON: Jewelry design duo Anthony Camargo and David Nakard Armstrong, creators of the Anthony Nak line, are capitalizing on their current Hollywood buzz by making Los Angeles their second home after Austin, Tex.


clock January 3, 2005WWD Staff

Ellen Tracy


College Girls Cover Up

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The hosiery industry can no longer ignore what consumers really want, nor can it continue to tell them what it believes women should have. College girls are just not likely to go for the “Flashdance” legwarmers or…

clock January 3, 2005Marilyn Nason


WWD Stock Index Up On Light Trading

NEW YORK — Due to a better-than-expected holiday sales picture, the WWD Composite Stock Index got a jolt last week despite light trading in the markets, which slowed down the S&P 500.

The WWD index…

clock January 3, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz and Meredith Derby



The Top 10: U.S. Suppliers of Textiles & Apparel

1. China 

Imports: $14.07 billion, up 23.7 percent for 17.3 percent market share. Top products: cotton baby garments, miscellaneous cotton apparel. GDP: $6.449 trillion/$5,000 per capita.


clock January 3, 2005WWD Staff

U.S. textile makers have been closing mills, such as this Thomaston Mills plant in Georgia, for many years.

Fashion Features

Importers Weighing Their Options

Now that the day has come when WTO countries have dropped all quotas, importers aren’t planning a headlong rush into China or any other country.

clock January 3, 2005Scott Malone


Uncertainty Among Chinese Firms

Textile manufacturers in China have spent years preparing for the removal of quotas, but now that it has come, they aren’t sure what to expect.

clock January 3, 2005Betsy Lowther

Fashion Features

Judge Orders Bush Administration To Stop Reviewing China Petitions

WASHINGTON — A New York federal district court judge, in a stunning ruling on the eve of global quota elimination, ordered the Bush administration to temporarily stop reviewing several safeguard petitions seeking to curb Chinese apparel and…

clock January 3, 2005Kristi Ellis


Europeans Feel Price Pinch

EU industry groups project the first post-quota year to be marked by increased pressure on prices, mostly from a surge in imports from China.

clock January 3, 2005John Zarocostas

Transportation and electricity are the big issues for manufacturers following the earthquake-tsunami catastrophe.


Tsunami Damage Thwarting Manufacturing Operations

Executives continued to struggle for information on manufacturing and shipping operations in the aftermath of the South Asian tsunami.

clock January 3, 2005Karyn Monget


Coming This Week

Monday: New York early fall apparel market (through Jan. 14).

Tuesday: Oxford Industries reports second-quarter sales and earnings.

Thursday: Retailers report on December same-store…

clock January 3, 2005WWD Staff


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