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April 1, 2011
Issue #286 The
McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's
The people of Japan are still suffering and need all the help they
can get. Many have lost homes, jobs and loved ones, and now they are
dealing with the threat of radiation poisoning.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the people who have lost lives, loved ones, homes and businesses.
McPete Sez supports the Red Cross, and those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org
and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
McPete Sez has been growing and changing the past year. We've added a few new contributors - Treacle (Addict
Expose), Kerri Renae (Create Lingerie), Serene Martinez (Pink Bunny Pleasures), Mandie
Mutchie (Lipgloss&Lace) and we happily
welcomed back Patricia Fieldwalker (Undercover). We have included a Videographer to the mix - Fernando Cuestas
(NandoVision), and now another new writer, Ali Cudby for Fab Foundations on page 3.
I was lucky enough to meet Ali Cudby during my last trip to New York. She is the author of a forthcoming book focusing on
bra fit along with being the owner of an intimate apparel consulting company, Fab Foundations. I hope you enjoy her
column as much as I do.
Lets not forget to thank our long term regular contributors - the Gozooko Guys
(Business & Technology) and Luis Paredes (Intimate Graphics) along with our regular
photographers - Jerome Hamilton and Russell VanBrocklen.
As always if you have any questions, press releases, or would like to contribute to McPete Sez, please email
India Dilutes Planned
Faced with mass protests and mounting criticism, India’s
finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on March 22 took the decision to dilute a proposed 10% excise duty on branded
India-made ready-to-wear garments.
The partial concession means the 10% duty will now be paid on 45% of the retail sale price, and not at the higher level
of 60% as originally planned.
The tax plans were first mooted in India’s national budget for 2011-12, details of which were revealed last month.
But the measure prompted a two-day strike by Indian garment manufacturers who feared the new tax would make them
uncompetitive against imports. Exporters also expressed their anxiety that the move would increase administrative
costs and bureaucracy.
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Plus-Size Market Expands
Plus-size women's wear grew its share of the clothing market
from 18.7% in 2006 to 23.2% in 2011, according to research from retail analyst Verdict.
The research predicts that growth in the plus-size market will rise by another 28.6% between 2010 and 2015 to reach
nearly GBP6bn (US$10bn).
"Retailers are looking to expand their niche collections such as petites, maternity, and plus-size to ensure growth
and increase revenue," said Verdict analyst Carly Syme.
"Our research has revealed that it is the plus-size market that offers the biggest opportunities for growth. This year
alone we expect the market to grow by 6.0% to GBP4.9bn."
Syme added that there is an increasing need for fashionable plus-size clothes for younger shoppers.
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Pakistan Imposes New Taxes
Authorities in Pakistan imposed a general sales tax (GST) and raised special excise duty (SED) on textiles, leather
and carpets goods - arousing strong opposition from the country's textile industry.
According to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), domestic sales of these sectors will now be liable to GST at the
standard rate of 17%, with SED charged at 2.5% for the remaining period of the current fiscal year, up from 1%
Before, textile, leather, and carpet goods were exempt from the GST on local as well as export sales, since over 80% of
their products were meant for export.
The textile sector rejected the imposition of the GTS and increase in SED and called on the government to immediately
withdraw the taxes.
Zubair Motiwala, president of the Council of All Pakistan Textiles Associations (CAPTA) expressed surprise at the new
levy and said the textile sector is facing hardship and is unable to pay the taxes due to high cotton and yarn prices,
frequent gas and electricity cuts, and liquidity problems.
Ijaz Kokar, chairman of the Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), said that
the textile industry is already facing problems due to a shortage of power, non-availability of raw materials and the
high cost of doing business.
He claimed the new taxes would push the textile industry to the verge of closure.
Hundreds of textile and garment plants responded by going on strike and closing on March 21. Protesters demanded the
taxes to be dropped.
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Fur Labeling Act
A new law that requires all fur-trimmed fashions sold in the US to be labeled
with the type of animal and the country of origin, regardless of the value of the fur, came into effect
on Friday March 18.
The Truth in Fur Labeling Act closes a loophole in federal law that currently allows some animal fur garments to go
unlabelled if the value of the fur is $150 or less – and leaves shoppers in the dark as to whether they
are buying faux or animal fur.
Past investigations by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have found jackets trimmed with animal fur –
including that from domestic dogs, wolves or raccoon dogs – being sold across the country without labels or falsely
advertised as "faux fur".
Congressman Jim Moran, who championed the bill, said: “Many Americans choose not to purchase fur products, preferring
instead “faux” fur as a substitute.
“Consumers with allergies or ethical objections to fur, or those who may have concerns about the use of certain species
for fur production, will now be protected from deceptive advertising and able to make educated purchasing decisions.”
Garments purchased by retailers before March 18, will not be subjected to enforcement for one year in an attempt to give
retailers time to comply with the law’s labeling requirements without unduly disrupting current inventory.
All garments purchased by retailers after this date will be immediately subject to the new
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Istanbul Shopping Fest
Retailers in Istanbul are hoping for a massive boost to business from the city's first ever shopping festival - a
40-day extravaganza that opened its doors on Friday and is designed to position the city as a major shopping and
The aim is to attract 1.5m tourists to Istanbul over the next four years, helping the government to reach its target
of 10m tourists a year by 2015.
The Istanbul Shopping Fest 2011 is modeled on the successful Dubai Shopping festival, which draws around 3m
visitors every year.
From now until April 26, shopping malls and stores will offer extended opening hours, with entertainment including
street festivals, concerts, shows, children's games, parties, competitions and fashion shows. Discounts will also
be available on the newest collections.
The event is being backed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Governorship of Istanbul, with the support of
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM). It is being coordinated by the Council of
Shopping Centers (AYD), Trade Council of Shopping Centers & Retailers
(AMPD), and United Brands Association (BMD).
Vietnam Braces for
Reduced Exports to Japan
The Vietnamese fashion industry is girding itself for fewer orders from Japan as it struggles to recover from the
earthquake and tsunami earlier this month.
Japan is the third largest export market for Vietnam's clothing and textile sector, after the US and European
Union, and manufacturers are expecting production to be hit, although the general consensus is that orders are still
"We have not had any specific reports on damage from Japanese partners, but I think that perhaps their retail
chains are affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan," said Ms Dang Thi Phuong Dung, secretary-general of the
Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association.
She added: "In my opinion, the disaster has impacted on purchasing power. Now the people of Japan are focused on
stabilizing their lives, so they can meet basic demands such as food, and shelter. At this moment, the Japanese
government is trying to help the citizens rebuild their lives. They are not paying much attention to fashion."
She noted that Vietnamese exports into Japan through Japanese commercial partners. "If their stores are in the
damaged area, they will be affected. Therefore, the size of orders will decrease."
Meanwhile, a manager for the Viet Tien Garment Joint Stock Corporation said exports to Japan had continued, despite the
And Ms My Huong, merchandise manager for Hansoll Vina Co Ltd, in Bau Xeo, said: "Our products are mostly exported
into Osaka and Tokyo. After the disaster in Japan, we still have orders. Perhaps our Japanese partners are not affected
because we have new orders."
Ms Dung stressed the long term outlook for exports to Japan looked positive, especially considering the existing
Japan-Vietnam free trade agreement.
She said: "In the textile market, Japan helps Vietnam's commercial production and technique. Japan is a fastidious
but relatively stable market."
She also added that in the short term, "Vietnamese textile enterprises are willing to help their Japanese partners by
providing products with 'soft' prices."
Spain's Textile Industry
Expanded 7% in 2010
Spain's textiles industry expanded 7% to EUR5.2bn (US$7.38bn) in 2010 as rising European exports offset a
sluggish domestic market, according to leading trade lobby Texfor.
It marked the sector's first increase since 2005.
"Since 2005 we had a very quick and progressive fall in production and employment until one third of volume and jobs
were lost in five years," said Texfor's president Alejandro Laquidain. "2009 touched bottom and companies are starting
to see a positive change in demand trends."
Production also increased 8.7% last year when exports grew 14% and imports 13% compared to "flatter"
percentages in previous years.
According to Laquidain, European demand is propping up, particularly for thread and yarn, opening new markets for
Laquidain conceded skyrocketing raw-material prices, not just of cotton but also of wool and synthetic
fibers, are denting the profit equation. He urged the government to help the industry by helping promote it abroad.
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