IT’S A PITTI: Florence’s Center for Italian Fashion has elected Gaetano Marzotto as president of Pitti Immagine. He succeeds Mario Boselli, who after seven years as president, decided to step down. Boselli will continue as president of Italy’s Camera della Moda. Pitti Immagine manages several trade events, including Pitti Uomo, Pitti Casa, Pitti Bimbo, Pitti Filati and Modapelle. Marzotto, 49, is part of the fifth generation of the Marzotto textile and fashion family and sits on Marzotto’s board.
HEADING TO VIETNAM: David Spooner, the U.S. Trade Representative’s special textile negotiator, will begin a six-day trip to Vietnam Saturday to engage the Vietnamese in preliminary discussions over whether to negotiate a bilateral textile agreement. The U.S. implemented its bilateral trade agreement with Vietnam on Jan. 1, which allows the country the same trading rights as most other nations and dramatically lowers tariffs on imports to the U.S., including apparel, from an average of 60 percent to 10 to 20 percent. If the U.S. does initiate bilateral textile negotiations, the big question is whether it will tie labor provisions to trade. Several Congressional lawmakers are pushing for such a stipulation, along the lines of the Cambodian bilateral textile agreement negotiated during the Clinton administration, which was the first U.S. trade pact to reward improvements in labor standards with an increase in market access.