ROSEN TO HOUSE OF DEREON: Charles “Chip” Rosen has joined House of Deréon as president and general manager. Rosen will be responsible for operations, merchandising, design, sales, marketing, licensing and manufacturing of the collection. He reports to the board of Beyond Productions, the global license holder for Beyoncé and Tina Knowles’ contemporary collection. For the past four years, Rosen was vice president of global licensing and marketing at Sweetface Fashion Co., the master brand for JLo and Sweetface by Jennifer Lopez. Before that, he was managing director of marketing communications at Hill and Knowlton, the public relations firm. Earlier, he was at the Timex Corp. as the global brand manager for Nautica, a licensed watch brand.
U.S. CHARGES CHINA: Citing persistent piracy and counterfeiting in China, the Bush administration has gone to the World Trade Organization to try to force China to better detail its enforcement efforts. “Based on all available information, piracy and counterfeiting remain rampant in China despite years of engagement on this issue,” U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement. “Our goal is to get detailed information that will help pinpoint exactly where the enforcement system is breaking down, so we can decide appropriate next steps.” The request was made under the WTO’s agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. Catching just a portion of all counterfeits, U.S. Customs & Border Protection seized $138.8 million worth of goods last year, $51.7 million in apparel. About 63 percent of the goods seized came from China.
PAKISTAN SEEKS AID: Earthquake-ravaged Pakistan has petitioned the U.S., the European Union and Canada for textiles and apparel trade breaks to help the country generate funds to assist with the huge humanitarian relief and reconstruction efforts, senior Pakistani officials said here Wednesday. “If we can have our own resources boosted by trade concessions, it would help our reconstruction effort,” said Salman Shah, economic adviser to the prime minister of Pakistan, in an interview. A senior U.S. official, who requested anonymity, asked if something will be worked out on the tariff relief front, said, “Absolutely.” Textiles and apparel combined account for over 70 percent of the South Asian nation’s merchandise exports.