Rejects ACTA The European Parliament voted to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ACTA, which means it cannot become law in the EU.
The ACTA was designed to help countries work together more closely to combat global trade piracy, but faced
protests across Europe amid fears it amounted to internet censorship.
Before the vote, 22 EU member states, as well as Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New
Zealand, Singapore, and the US had signed the treaty.
However, the decision means that no EU member states will be able to join the agreement.
Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has backed a coalition of over 130
organizations representing the manufacturing and creative industries who say the decision will be
"damaging for European intellectual property, jobs and the economy".
The coalition said many MEPs had hoped to wait for the opinion of the Court of Justice before taking a final
The Court of Justice is still considering whether the agreement is compatible with the EU's rights and
freedoms, such as freedom of expression and information or data protection and the right to
property in case of intellectual property.
MEP David Martin emphasized that the European Union needs to find alternative ways to protect intellectual
property in the EU, as the "raw material of the EU economy".
"We are encouraged by the statements made in the European Parliament that today's vote was not a vote
against intellectual property rights enforcement," said Euratex president Alberto Paccanelli.
"Europe's innovative manufacturing and creative industries are now looking to the other ACTA
signatories to protect our rights internationally."
In February, Euratex said clothing accounted for 26% of EU customs procedures in 2010, with 7.78m articles
seized - around 7% of the total seizures. The retail value of the clothing goods would have been EUR177.9m.
The main country of origin of textile and clothing counterfeits was China, accounting for 76% of the
Curvy Kate Crowns first US
Star in a Bra Winner From hundreds of entries and two grueling voting rounds, Krista Cousins, 24 has been named the first-ever US Star in a Bra. Hailing from New York, Cousins has become the US Face and Body of the brand to front a marketing campaign that includes flights to the UK to appear in the brand’s seasonal brochure. In addition Krista, after being fitted professional by the brand, has won a year’s worth of lingerie in her new size, 30GG.
Although the American average breast size is now above a D cup and the average dress size a 14 or larger, many fashion brands still lack in choosing models that relate to these statistics. Many choosing a model who is on average 23% lighter than the typical US woman. Krista has joined Curvy Kate to help the brand champion shapely figures by proving just how good a fuller bust and shapely figure looks in lingerie.
‘I want to prove to the world that women are beautiful in all colors, shapes and sizes.’ Said Cousins. ‘The Star in a Bra model search was about so much more than
modeling beautiful lingerie; it was about accepting yourself, having the confidence in your curves and showing women everywhere that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve got it flaunt it.’
On the heels of Vogue magazine banning models with body types that appear to be unrealistic or unhealthy, Curvy Kate is spearheading a movement of body acceptance, encouraging women to embrace their naturally curvy bodies.
Krista, a full-time nanny who has been promoting herself via parody music videos on Youtube, added
humor to her Star in a Bra journey with her take on popular hit Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’, changing lyrics to ‘Vote Me Baby.’
She continued “The time for a beautiful, busty, body revolution is now and I am very prepared to lead us all to victory.”
‘We’re delighted to have Krista join the Curvy Kate family.’ Said Cheryl Warner, from the UK Marketing Team. ‘From day one she’s been keen to show not only America but the World how women of every size, shape and
color can be beautiful. We’re changing the stereotypes in the modeling world one country at a time, and we’re so happy to have Krista as our newest model for self-acceptance!’
Krista will join the UK winner Sophie Morgan, the Australian Star in a Bra winner and the Curvy Kate team at their Autumn/Winter 2013 catalogue shoot in London, as well as front the brand at the US trade shows including Curve in New York and Las Vegas.
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Progress in EU & India
Trade Talks Talks on a free trade agreement between the European Union and India could be concluded by the end of
this year, the two sides said last week, with a deal described as "particularly important in the current
EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said talks on the
India-EU Bilateral Investment and Trade Agreement (BITA) are making "good progress" and agreed on a
roadmap to conclude the negotiations by October-November.
Negotiators will meet again in September and have been asked to identify "possible solutions on all remaining
issues in the coming months."
The pact would give an important boost to trade between the EU and India, which began discussions in
2007 but and have held 15 rounds of talks so far.
Europe is India's largest trading partner, with bilateral trade between the two reaching US$108.8bn in
It has been estimated that a free trade agreement with the EU add another US$3bn to India's textile and
clothing exports. Tia Lyn Lingerie at ILS
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Unveiled at the 2012
ANME Founders Show Baci’s sexy, new Dreams collection of bedroom costumes will be unveiled at the 2012 ANME Founders Show. Attendees of the
popular adult novelty and lingerie trade show are invited to booth 121 in the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport hotel’s City Ball Room to experience all of Baci’s high-end lingerie and products first hand. Skilled beauticians will be on hand to apply Baci’s glamorous eyelashes for those looking to spice up their expo experience.
The Dreams collection contains erotic bedroom costumes ranging from naughty maids to sexy schoolgirls. Featuring Baci’s renowned style and quality, the collection will revitalize the role-playing experience.
Retailers interested in booking an appointment at ANME may contact their Baci representative directly or email
Cotton Dyeing Process
is Devastating China's
Waterways The textile industry urgently needs to develop less polluting technologies for dyeing cotton, since the
process is having a devastating effect on China's waterways, according to the president and CEO of
environmental group Sea Research Foundation.
The cotton dyeing industry consumes large quantities of water and toxic chemicals that are often returned
to rivers in such a highly polluted state that they make waterways unsafe, said Dr Stephen Coan, president
and CEO of Sea Research Foundation.
The amount of water needed to dye each year's supply of cotton is the equivalent of the drinking water for
every person on the planet for 141 days.
Citing a new study called Cleaning Up the Fashion Industry, which was prepared by five environmental
groups, Coan said the textile industry in China discharged 2.5m metric tons of sewage in 2010, making
it the nation's third-largest water polluter.
"In the long run, all of us are harmed," Coan said, "because many of the chemicals used in the dyeing
process either make the land that absorbs them permanently infertile or they run into rivers, lakes,
reservoirs and, ultimately, the oceans, poisoning the waters on which the world's population depends for
Coan is calling for the textile industry to introduce different methods for dyeing cotton. "That's a serious
challenge, in large part because the damage that the dyeing process inflicts on the environment is not
widely known," he said.
"But the ultimate issue here is protecting the world's waterways and oceans as well as making a life-or-death
difference for hundreds of millions of people."
US Eases Burma Sanctions Financial and investment sanctions against the military regime in Burma have been eased by the US
Obama administration, in response to reforms over the past year.
The enactment of the easing of the restrictions, announced in May this year, allows the first new US
investment in the Asian country for nearly 15 years, and broadly authorizes
the exportation of financial services to Burma.
The administration said: “The United States supports the Burmese Government’s ongoing reform efforts, and
believes that the participation of US businesses in the Burmese economy will set a model for responsible
investment and business operations as well as encourage further change, promote economic
development, and contribute to the welfare of the Burmese people.”
The US also said that it would continue to support and monitor Burma’s progress, amid continuing concerns
about the country’s record on human rights protection, corruption and the role of the military in the
The new policy, it added, was designed to support democratic reform and reconciliation efforts, while
helping to develop an economic and business environment that would benefit all Burma’s people.
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