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Burma Bill, AGOA and DR-CAFTA Fixes Signed 
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M&S Launches Wire-free
Bra Innovation
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India Lifts Investment Ban
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2012 STOREROTICA Awards Ballot for Soft Goods Goes Live 
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August 15, 2012                                        Issue # 319

 
     
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                              Intimate Apparel

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Burma Bill, AGOA and DR-CAFTA Fixes Signed 
Legislation that will help provide stability for apparel and textile firms sourcing from sub-Saharan Africa and Central America, and also renews trade sanctions on Burma, has been signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The move means the third-country fabric provision under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which had been set to expire in September this year, is now extended through September 2015.
The AGOA amendments, which also add South Sudan to the list of countries eligible for AGOA duty-free benefits on products including apparel, footwear and textiles, come into effect from August 10.
But date for the implementation of the technical fixes on the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA), is less clear.
According to Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services Inc, a consultancy firm that specializes in international trade law issues, the modifications to the DR-CAFTA origin rules "will take effect upon publication of a Federal Register notice by USTR, but no sooner than October 9."
Included in these changes are an extension to the cut and sew rule to women's and girls' sleep pants when imported as separates; and the requirement that all sewing thread, monofilament and plied, must originate in the US/DR-CAFTA region in order for products to qualify for preferential tariff treatment.
It also clarifies how certain items will be treated on the textiles "short supply" list of the FTA.
Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services explains that short supply fabric will no longer require originating spandex yarn. Apparel imported under the short supply provision may now contain a non-originating ribbed waistband (in addition to collars and cuffs) as long as the garment contains both a waistband and cuffs, and the waistband is of the same construction as the cuffs.
Materials used as visible linings, narrow elastics, sewing thread or pocketing fabric may now be designated as short supply. Short supply will also include apparel and textile articles knit-to-shape in the CAFTA-DR out of short supply yarn.
The trade law specialist advises companies to "take action to make any necessary changes in their supply chains so as to be prepared when the changes go into effect."

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Los Angeles Manufacturing Businesses Found Guilty of Labor Violations
Ten garment manufacturing businesses in Los Angeles have been issued with citations totaling $217,844 for breaking laws designed to protect workers, following unannounced inspections by two labor agencies.
The firms, who between them employed 199 workers, were found to have violated workers' compensation and garment license requirements under state law. Audits are also being carried out to identify minimum wage and overtime violations.
The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division deployed 50 investigators to carry out the investigation.
"Rooting out continued violations of basic wage protections for garment workers is a top priority for this administration," said Labor Commissioner Julie Su. "The honest employers in the industry depend on this effective enforcement, and garment workers deserve nothing less."

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M&S Launches Wire-free
     Bra Innovation
Marks & Spencer has launched what it claims is the first patented, non-wired padded bra sold by a UK high street retailer that goes up to a G cup - with a new construction that has the "potential to revolutionize underwear."
The Amazing Illusion wire-free bra features a "completely new construction" that includes soft channeling around the cup, a secret support sling for extra lift, as well as a padded cradle and smoothing wing for enhanced comfort.
The result is "all the comfort you'd expect from a non-wired bra but with the support and shape you expect from a wired bra," says Paschal Little, head of innovation at M&S.
While Soozie Jenkinson, the retailer's head of lingerie design, adds: "For the past 60 years, bra wires have been the global industry standard in helping to shape, support and lift the bust," explains Soozie Jenkinson, head of lingerie design at M&S.
"I believe this exciting innovation has the same potential to revolutionize underwear for our generation as underwires transformed the underwear drawers of women in the 1950s, offering a completely new bra construction which delivers on shape and support but is wire free."
The Amazing Illusion bra retails at GBP19.50 (US$30.50) and is available in sizes 32A to 38G.


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India Lifts Investment Ban
The Indian government has lifted a ban on foreign investment from Pakistan as part of efforts to normalize trade between the two countries.
The move will allow foreign investment from Pakistan and permit Pakistani citizens and businesses to make investments in India.
The two neighboring countries are working to remove trade and investment barriers by the end of 2012, after Pakistan pledged to grant Most Favored Nation status to India and the Indian side supported free access of Pakistani products to the European Union.
Officials at the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association said that Pakistani entrepreneurs are keenly looking forward for the removal of non-tariff barriers against Pakistani exports to India.
Pakistan and India are cotton-rich countries, accounting for around 30% of world cotton production, and have a combined population of more than 1bn.
But official trade between them stood at just US$2.7bn in 2010-11. Pakistan's commerce ministry hopes this will rise to US$7bn in two years, after trade has been opened up.


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     Invista Launches New 
Fiber for Intimate Apparel
Invista has commercially launched its Lycra with W Technology into the North American market, which it says offers a new level of performance in intimate apparel.
The new fiber is said to improve fabric appearance and uniformity, as well as offering improved whiteness retention, uniformity, color clarity and better molding for fabrics and garments in intimate apparel.
"In response to the market needs we are able to offer our partners Lycra fiber with W Technology that provides styling flexibility and technical and fashion options that weren't possible before," said Steve Stewart, Invista global director of intimate apparel and swimwear.
"Not only does this fiber set a new standard for performance excellence in whites, but it also provides a new level of color-blending with nylon companion yarns to enable richer and clearer fashion colors.
"This technology package incorporates new spinning technology, and proprietary dye pickup technology that enables the fiber to become the invisible secret that delivers truly visible improvements for today's intimate apparel."


 
The 2012 STOREROTICA Awards Ballot for Soft 
     Goods Goes Live 
Industry publication to honor soft good portion of the erotic retail industry at ILS 
Already crowning the year’s best in the adult toy and novelty sector, STOREROTICA Magazine, the leading national business-to-business trade publication for adult retailers, will present their awards honoring the soft goods portion of the industry at this fall’s International Lingerie Show at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada (September 10-12, 2012).
STOREROTICA has solicited the advice of retailers, manufacturers and distributors in deciding who they believe represented the soft goods industry with exemplary products and services during the past year. Thus, the final STOREROTICA Awards ballot, consisting of seven soft goods categories, will be posted live online only at StoreroticaAwards.com from August 6 through August 17. 
"STOREROTICA is delighted to have our awards season culminate once again at the International Lingerie Show, the convention that defines the intimate fashion portion of our industry," says Kristofer Kay, Editor of STOREROTICA Magazine. "This season has proven that soft goods are as strong as ever in adult retail stores, thanks to those manufacturers who continue to offer sexy, affordable apparel to both men and women." 
This year’s “soft product” awards include one new category: The Special Focus Award, honoring one Special Focus editorial produced by STOREROTICA Magazine over the past six issues (note: there was also a Special Focus Award category in STOREROTICA’s Awards for “hard products,” presented at the July 2012 ANME Founders Show). In 2012, the STOREROTICA Special Focus Award honors eight companies who were featured in the Special Focus on Corsets, which appeared in the December 2011 issue.
“Corsets have dramatically evolved in the erotic retail industry, from a traditional one-use item into a versatile, multi-use piece of intimate apparel,” says Kay. “Soft good manufacturers are once again seeking to capitalize on the revival and develop new styles of corsets for a new, broader range of customer.”
Additionally, the 2012 STOREROTICA Awards will honor the diversity that comprises the hard work and dedication in the soft goods industry. Categories to be featured this year will also include: “Lingerie Manufacturer of the Year,” “Dancewear Manufacturer of the Year,” “Costume Manufacturer of the Year,” “Shoe Manufacturer of the Year,” Accessory Manufacturer of the Year” and “Online Retailer of the Year.”
The STOREROTICA Awards will be handed out Monday, September 10th during the opening night fashion show at ILS. 
For more information on STOREROTICA Magazine or the awards, please log on to STOREROTICA.com or call (727) 723-882
The 6th Annual STOREROTICA Awards Final Ballot (for soft goods)
Lingerie Manufacturer of the Year 
• Allure
• Baci Lingerie
• Coquette
• Dreamgirl International
• Seven ‘til Midnight
• Shirley of Hollywood
• Oh La La Cheri
• VX Intimates

Dancewear Manufacturer of the Year 
• Blue Orchid Exoticwear
• BodyZone Apparel 
• Espiral Lingerie
• Hot Girl Catalog
• J. Valentine
• Lapdance
• Minor Creations
• Pink Lipstick Lingerie

Costume Manufacturer of the Year 
• Baci Lingerie
• Be Wicked 
• Dreamgirl International 
• Escante 
• Fever by Smiffy’s 
• Roma Costumes 
• Ruby’s Costumes 
• Seven ‘til Midnight 

Sexy Shoe Manufacturer of the Year 
• Ellie Shoes 
• Highest Heel 
• Hustler Shoes 
• Karo’s Shoes 
• Le Dame Footwear
• Pleaser USA 
• Reflections Shoes 
• Tabu Footwear 
• Tony Shoes

Accessory Manufacturer of the Year 
• Aire Hosiery (leggings/stockings)
• Bijoux Indiscrets (lingerie accessories/pasties)
• Bristols 6 (Nippies/pasties) 
• Desire Fashions (body jewelry)
• Glitz Teaz Pasties (pasties)
• Pastease (pasties)
• Sky Hosiery (leggings/stockings)
• Tyes by Tara (ties for women)

STOREROTICA SPECIAL FOCUS AWARD: Corsets
• Allure
• Daisy Corsets
• Eurotique
• Fantasy Lingerie
• Hilary’s Vanity
• iCollection
• Magic Silk
• Popsi Lingerie 

Online Retailer of the Year 
• Castlemegastore.com
• Edenfantasys.com
• Goodvibrations.com 
• Sextoy.com
• Shevibe.com
• Trashy.com
• Wickedtemptations.com
• Yandy.com

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