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Ever-Glory Reports 272%
Jump in Q1
Apparel maker Ever-Glory International said first-quarter revenues took a 272%
leap thanks to sales growth in the EU, the US, Japan and Russia.
Revenues totaled US$5.23m compared to $1.41m a year ago. Sales within the US
took a gigantic 720% jump.
Gross margin as a percentage of revenues decreased to about 17% for the three
months ended March 31, from about 19% last year. EBIT was $457,442 - an
increase of $402,017 from $55,425.
"In the past year, we have made significant progress with both our performance
and our quality," said president and CEO Edward Kang.
"With customers like Eddie Bauer, Abercrombie & Fitch and Wal-Mart, Ever-Glory
is proving that it is a premier manufacturer in the garment industry."
Kang said the company would concentrate on internal growth and "further
integrating past acquisitions" in the next few months.
Ever-Glory works with garment chains such as Itochu, Abercrombie & Fitch,
Shinko, Debenhams, Next, OTTO, and C&A and brands such as Matalan,
EB, Best-Seller, BB Dakota, Fat Face, and Just Jeans.
National Underwear Day
There's an underwear revolution stirring, and we're not talking bra burnings. 'On National Underwear Day, underwear finally gets the recognition it truly
deserves,' proclaims Michael Kleinmann, C.O.O. of Freshpair.com, a leading internet retailer of men's and women's underwear which founded the yearly event.
The official sponsors for this year's National Underwear Day include: Puma,
Wacoal, Hugo Boss, Papi, Ginch Gonch, Play, Chantelle, 2(x)ist, Diesel, Le
Mystere, Goddess, Freya, Fantasie, Rips, Unico, Magic Silk, Men's Health
Magazine, Cotton Inc, and the National Prostate Cancer Coalition.
On August 9th, Freshpair will send dozens of models out into the streets of
New York clad in nothing more than the hottest new styles of men's and women's underwear from a variety of top brands. This years event will also
help bring more awareness for the importance of screening for Prostate Cancer with the help of the National Prostate Cancer Coalition.
Freshpair's underwear ambassadors—modeling the latest briefs, boxer briefs, panties, bras and more—will appear in busy areas of Manhattan, such as Times Square. Changing stations will be set up in several areas so that passersby can participate by changing into free underwear, which Freshpair will distribute.
'National Underwear Day was created to bring attention to something almost everyone wears but rarely talks about,' continues Kleinmann. 'During past events, we've had lots of public participation, with New Yorkers stripping down to their skivvies and joining the festivities.'
National Underwear Day combines elements of political protest, 'sixties Happenings, and outdoor fashion shows. Besides showcasing the latest styles of underwear in a spontaneous, free-spirited way, National Underwear Day's goal is to establish the day as an officially recognized holiday.
'This year promises to be our biggest and most exciting event yet,' says Kleinmann. 'With more sponsors, more models, and a few surprises, National Underwear Day 2006 will bring fun and festivity to New York City's daily grind.'
Lingerie Americas, Better
As for the past five years, Lingerie Americas is shaping up for the upcoming
market that will take place on July 30, 31 and August 1 and will present the Spring/Summer 2007 collections in its customary locale, the Altman Building & Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th Street in Manhattan. Lingerie Americas remains a class act and focus for all lingerie professionals during market week while infusing new energy into its format and services.
A total of 270 brands, domestic and international, will share an expanded and multi-level space. This offering, the most comprehensive in North America encompasses the largest assortment of product and price categories: foundations, daywear, sleepwear, loungewear, beach- and swimwear, leg- and footwear, maternity and transition wear, shape wear, yoga wear, accessories and now erotic-sensual lingerie, a new addition this season.
On July 30 a new floor - “The Level” - will be unveiled on the 5th floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion! This enlarged exhibit space has given many new brands the opportunity to join Lingerie Americas which has established a reputation as the largest and most professional trade venue in North America solely dedicated to lingerie fashion. Among the new brands, leading companies such as Delta Galil with its Nicole Miller Signature Foundations line, René Rofé, Shirley of Hollywood, Rampage will make their entry into Lingerie Americas’ impressive brand roster and connect with a formidable group of designers and established companies.
Here is a sampling of new brands in the foundations category: Spoylt, Corsetry by John Festa, La Breeza, Vagin Pouvoir, Bacirubati, will join the habitués such as Simone Pérèle, Aubade, Grenier, I.D. Sarrieri, Lise Charmel, Le Caprice de Marie, Elle Mcpherson Intimates, Lejaby, Panache, Marilyn Monroe Intimates to name a few.
In daywear, Salomay, Undergirl, Epifania, iBasic will join Cass & Co., Cosabella, Adea, Mary Green, LoveTanjane, Only Hearts, Eberjey, Hanna and Elita among many other fashion brands.
The new crop of swimwear brands is impressive and also because the new 2007 collections are shown in New York before any other fashion capitals: La Perla Studio and AnnaClub, Rasurel, Vitamin A, Delmar with the Ritratti and Swan Original labels will join Huit, Anita, Princesse tam.tam, Féraud,
Sleepwear will show in force: Jessica McClintock, an Exquisite Apparel label, Cool Blossom Design, Lizalde, Brigi, Elizabeth Cotton, P.J. Couture,
Lavender Blue Interiors, Tepper Jackson, Cotton & More by CLM Enterprises in addition to Derek Rose, Flora Nikrooz, BedHead, Celestine, Carol Hochman, Carlton Hall, Cocoon, P.Jamas, NK Attitude, Maripaz…
The erotic-sensual category showing on The Level will include some prestigious labels such as Playboy Intimates, Shirley of Hollywood, René Rofé and designer brands like Smart Ass and Mystique.
Wear?Canada!, the professional association will also be present on the floor in support of the twenty-two Canadian brands exhibiting this season.
Lingerie Americas always attuned to buyers’ needs and active partner within the industry has planned a series of Fashion Shows which will take place on the premises three times a day on three consecutive days.
Buyers will be able to sample the collections in the booths with the help of the brands’ representatives and see the lines in action on the 4th floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion. Three segments, each dedicated to a product category, will show foundations and daywear, sleep- and homewear, swim- and
beachwear between the hours of 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
The one-stop shopping concept is reinforced to give buyers the most efficient tools and help them make their purchasing decisions in the best informed way and the least amount of time. Relaxation is also planned with the Café and lounge located on the 5th floor and serving complimentary refreshments all day long.
Lingerie Americas is proud to offer a comprehensive professional environment where brands’ representatives, buyers, merchandisers can interact and promote the industry’s goals in the most congenial atmosphere.
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Forplay™ Introduces Its New Clubwear Line at the Erotica
LA Show and Celebrates the Release of Its 2006 Catalog
Forplay™ Inc., a leading designer of woman’s lifestyle fashion and apparel (including Lingerie, Sexy Fantasywear, Clubwear and Swimwear) is proud to be a major exhibitor at this years’ Erotica LA Show where the company will debut its new line of sexy Clubwear.
For over 20 years Forplay has been setting the style trend for “Young Hollywood’ and this years’ new line of Clubwear has been met with rave reviews by our celebutant friends. Forplay’s new Clubwear line is the total
expression of sexiness, confidence, and style – all rolled up in an affordable price.
Forplay also announced the release of the Company’s 2006 catalog featuring Forplay models Bobbi Sue Luther and Cora Skinner. To celebrate the release of Forplay’s new catalog and in conjunction with the Company’s participation at the Erotica LA Show, Forplay hosted an exclusive party on June 23 at Hollywood’s newest hot-spot – Privilege.
Forplay™ is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of the best selection of sexy lingerie, swimwear, clubwear, dancewear, and adult Halloween costumes. Located in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world Hollywood, CA, Forplay reaches consumers at over 3,000 specialty and boutique stores worldwide. Celebrity fans of Forplay include: Carmen Elektra, Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, Tori Spelling, Kimberly Stewart, Carolina Bacardi, Lindsay Lohan, and Nicole Richie. Forplay’s collections are available online at
www.forplayonline.com or at the flagship retail store, located at 6434 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Nursing Mothers Protest
Breast-feeding mothers plan to protest Victoria’s Secret stores across the country on Saturday July 1, in support of two women
recently booted from two of the lingerie chain’s shops.
Rebecca Cook of Burlington said she tried to use a dressing room at the store, but when one wasn’t available, she prepared to
breast-feed in the store. An employee said no, pointing her toward the mall’s restrooms.
Cook said the store manager told her the employee probably thought the “sight of her breasts might offend a customer.”
In a similar case, Jessie Chandler of Massachusetts entered a Victoria’s Secret store on June 22 to shop. Chandler asked if she
could use the dressing room to nurse the baby and was directed to a bathroom outside the store instead.
In response, the two moms have organized a national “Nurse-In” at the Victoria’s Secrets across the country, not to protest the
business but to make people aware of women’s legal right to breast-feed in public.
“I’m doing this because of the two women who were shopping there and told they couldn’t use the dressing rooms or nurse in the
store, but had to use the bathrooms,” said Tali Branco, 21, of North Asheville, mother of a 6-month-old.
“I find it especially absurd that Victoria’s Secret of all places is freaking out about exposed breasts, since it’s pretty much what
they sell,” Branco said. “You see more in their magazines and store windows than you do when a mother nurses.”
At corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, spokesman Anthony Hebron of Limited Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret, said the
incident was an unfortunate mistake.
Breast-feeding in public is legal, he said, adding, “We have a long-standing policy which permits mothers to nurse in our stores.
We regret that recently our policies weren’t adhered to, but that did prompt us to make sure to re-educate our associates and let the
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