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Ports to Stay Open
Page 1

NGOs Push for 
Uzbekistan Downgrade 
Over Forced Labor
Page 1

10th Annual Polar Bear    
Plunge Planned For 
Blue Bend
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Fab Foundations: 3 Keys for Turning Valentine’s Day
Returns into Profits
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February 15, 2013                                        Issue # 331

 
     
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                              Intimate Apparel

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                              Ready-to-Wear
 
                            
   
     
Upcoming Events in 
          New York
There is a lot to do in the lingerie industry, if you are visiting New York city at the end of February.

CurveNY will be held February 24-26, at Javits Convention 
Center. The show hours are Sunday and Monday 9am to 6pm, 
Tuesday 9am to 4pm. For more information or to see a list of exhibitors go to www.curvexpo.com  

The Lingerie Collective is being held February 24-26 at 
320 Studios, 320 W 37th St, 14th Floor. The show hours 
are Sunday 12pm to 6pm, Monday 9am to 8pm, and Tuesday 9am to 6pm. 

Exhibitors listed are: Darkest Star, Dottie's Delights, FYI by Dani Read, Kallisti by Marios Schwab, Kinky Knickers, Lascivious, Marika Vera, Modern Courtesan, MC Lounge, Relique and Resultwear. 
For more information go to www.thelingeriecollective.com 

Rocketwear, Pamela J Dresses, and Port of Naples will be 
showing at the Affinia Manhattan February 24-26 at the 
Affinia Manhattan by with appointment only on February 23. 
For more information please call Pamela at 212-977-9227.

Patricia Fieldwalker, Poupie & Patricia Cadolle will be 
showing at the Kimberly Hotel, February 24-26. To book an 
appointment, please email inquiries@arabesquedesign.com  


Tia Lyn Lingerie 10/24 Watch Tia Lyn's NY Fashion Show with beautiful models of ALL SIZES!
 
R H Smith & Sons – 
Serious Fun in Houston!
           Photos by Fernando Cuestas
R H Smith & Sons, whose Smiffy’s, Fever and Time4Fun brands experienced massive growth in 2012, celebrated their success by saying a big “Thank you!” to the customers who made it all possible! 

At an after-show party as part of the 2013 Halloween and Party Expo in Houston, they threw a ‘traditional pub night’…well, what else would you expect from a company from the UK?
Read the full story on page 2. 

       Eldorado Releases 
2013 Party & Bachelorette
           Catalog
Distributor Prepares Retailers for the Party Season

Eldorado, an award-winning distributor of pleasure products, party supplies and lingerie, has released its 2013 Party & Bachelorette catalog featuring the latest party games, novelties and supplies.
“The party market continues to be a strong growth market for us. Providing our retailers tools to be successful is what we do,” said Larry Garland Eldorado CEO and Founder. "I'm proud of our team for producing this valuable and effective sales tool."
Read the full story on page 3

  Fashion Photo
   
 
Rebecca is wearing.. nothing!
Photo by Jerome Hamilton of Studio Time Photography
If you would like more information about Fashion Photo or would like to be included in the McPete Sez Fashion Photo contact Jerome Hamilton at 
Studio Time Photography jerome@studiotime.us  

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NRF Urges California's 
   Ports to Stay Open
The National Retail Federation (NRF) has urged labor and management to keep the ports open in Los Angeles and Long Beach following the rejection of a labor contract.
A dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union's Local 63 Office Clerical Unit and the Harbor Employers Association led to most terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach being closed for eight days.
Following the strike, the parties agreed a tentative new contract with the help of a federal mediator, but union members voted down the contract.
"We are extremely disappointed by this vote and strongly urge the parties to work through their differences without any kind of disruption," said NRF VP for supply chain and customs policy Jonathan Gold.
"Ratification of a contract is needed to give retailers and other industries that rely on these ports the predictability they need to make long-term plans and get back to growing their businesses and creating jobs.
"The shut down during the holiday shopping season was more than just a fight between labor and management - it threatened to impact consumers' shopping plans at the most crucial time of the year. We can't afford to see another shut down.
"As labor and management work to resolve this situation, uninterrupted operation of the ports should be their top priority. Too many jobs across the country depend on these ports to let any interference with operations be considered an acceptable way of doing business."


19/24

                       
NGOs Push for 
  Uzbekistan Downgrade 
     Over Forced Labor

A number of NGOs are calling on the US government to downgrade Uzbekistan to Tier III in the 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report.
Some 24 human rights, labor and business organizations say that a failure to downgrade Uzbekistan would reward its government for flagrant disregard of its national laws and international commitments.
It would also ensure that the annual state-sponsored forced labor of over one million children and adults in the Uzbek cotton sector continues, they said.
Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, the State Department may no longer list Uzbekistan on its watch list for countries failing to take sustained and significant action to address trafficking in persons.
Instead, it must either upgrade Uzbekistan or downgrade it to the lowest category, Tier III, which brings with it the threat of sanctions.
A joint statement from activists said that during the 2012 cotton harvest, the Uzbek government again mobilized hundreds of thousands of children and adults for forced labor in the fields, failing to demonstrate the sustained and significant progress required to justify an upgrade.
They said the evidence indicates that the government of Uzbekistan has not made significant efforts to end forced labor in the cotton sector, and intends to continue the practice.
"Forced labor of adults and children is human trafficking under US law and international standards," said Brian Finnegan, global workers' rights coordinator at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
"If the US fails to rank Uzbekistan Tier III this year, the US would effectively send a message to Uzbek authorities that enslaving its citizens for profit in abusive conditions is acceptable."
Bennett Freeman, senior vice president for social research and policy at Calvert Investments, said some observers say that while the US is using Uzbekistan's territory to supply troops in Afghanistan, it is "not the time to risk angering Uzbekistan's autocratic President Islom Karimov".
However, he added: "But long after change to the government of Uzbekistan, the Uzbek people will remember if the US did everything in its power to end their servitude."


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          Power is Restored in
              Pakistan
Authorities in Pakistan have restored energy supplies to textile and garment plants in the northern part of the country where more than 70% of the industry is located.
Supplies were suspended at the beginning of December following a sharp rise in demand from household users, as well as the annual closure of water reservoirs, which led to a reduction in electricity generation.
Many garment plants have managed to continue operating with their own alternative energy arrangements, although these come at a higher cost.
A spokesperson of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) said that the industry in the province of Punjab will now receive gas for two days a week and a full electricity supply.
Between 60% and 70% of Pakistan's textile industry runs on gas-based power, with contracts ensuring a continuous supply for just nine months of the year.
The country generates 30% of its electricity from water reservoirs, which remain close in the months of December through February for annual maintenance.

            
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10th Annual Polar Bear    
   Plunge Planned For 
          Blue Bend
Organizers of the 10th Annual Greenbrier Valley Polar Bear Plunge Club say the charity event for the non-profit Child and Youth Advocacy Center in Lewisburg is set for Saturday, March 9, beginning at 1 p.m at the Blue Bend Recreation Area in the Monongahela National Forest.
Since 2001, 154 fearless individuals have earned their polar bear membership cards by plunging into the icy waters of Anthony Creek during the month of March. Last year, 103 kindred spirits helped to raise awareness about child abuse as they dipped into the 36 degree water while 800 spectators cheered their favorite plungers. 
A new addition was the club’s polar bear mascot, "Icee," who delighted children and adults alike. The Greenbrier East High School JROTC Color Guard also performed alongside a trumpeter who played the National Anthem.
Planners have been meeting since January and say their Polar Bear Plunge is a “must see” and a "one-of-a-kind" annual event for the Greenbrier Valley. 
Club members from all four corners of West Virginia and as far away as Tennessee, Ohio, and Virginia attend each year. As always, 100% of the proceeds benefit the 501-c-3, non-profit Child and Youth Advocacy Center, an organization that interviews and counsels sexually abused children in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas counties. 
This year, planners have added a costume contest and are asking plungers to dress up in their favorite and wackiest costumes to win prizes. 
Currently, members are combing the area seeking plunge pledges. Businesses may be listed on the Polar Bear T-shirts and in the program guide. In 2012, polar bear members raised nearly $13,000 for the CYAC. Plungers who raise at least $25 will receive a polar bear T-shirt. 
Fundraising packets can be picked up at the CYAC, Little Black Box Lingerie in Lewisburg or online at 
www.facebook.com/greenbrierpolarbear.   
“We are deeply appreciative for the plungers, pledgers, businesses and volunteers who make the polar bear plunge a reality,” Ann Weikle, who was recently named the new CYAC executive director, said. “Please bring your kids and the whole family to watch the fun and pledge a plunger.”
The one-hour event also includes club members singing the “Ode to Polar Bear” song, the Polar Bear Spirit Award presentation and a giant American Flag hung from the swinging bridge. Expected plungers include Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester and Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill. State Senator Ron Miller is scheduled to open the meeting with a prayer.
Each year, planners apply for a special use permit from the U.S. National Forest Service which allows the event to occur on federally-owned land.
The Polar Bear Plunge was originally created as a tribute to the club president's late mother, Kay Sweet Giggenbach, who would have been overjoyed at the sight of seeing everyone run into Anthony Creek in such freezing water.
“The psychological fear of the cold water is much greater than actually going in," said Greenbrier Polar Bear President Christian Giggenbach. “But that's nothing compared to the fear that sexually abused children live with every minute of the day. Please accept my challenge and come join our club."
The CYAC's mission is to end child abuse in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas counties.
For more information, contact the CYAC at 304 645 4668 or visit facebook.com/greenbrierpolarbear

Over 100 fearless club members helped to raise awareness about child abuse while plunging into the 36-degree cold waters of Anthony Creek in 2012. This year, organizers are asking plungers to dress up in their favorite costumes to win prizes before plunging. 
Photo by Event Staff Photographer Jamie Wykle.


 
Transatlantic Trade Talks
Europe's textile and clothing industry has welcomed the news that the EU and the US are to commence talks on the biggest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will aim to go beyond the classic format of removing tariffs and opening markets, the EU, European Commission and US President Barack Obama said in a joint statement.
Another important focus will be the alignment of rules and technical product standards, currently viewed as the most significant barrier to transatlantic trade.
According to the EU, studies have shown that the cost burden of regulatory differences equates to a tariff of more than 10% – or as high as 20% in some sectors.
EU calculations suggest that the new deal could lead to a 0.5% increase in GDP every year for the EU, and a 0.4% gain for the US – equating to EUR86bn (US$115bn) in additional annual income for the EU and EUR65bn for the US.
“This is very positive news in a moment when the EU textile and clothing industry is relying on exports as an engine for growth,” said Alberto Paccanelli, president of EU clothing and textile trade federation Euratex.
“There are a lot of areas where we can improve trade and business between the EU and the US,” he added.
“For our sector tariffs are still high in the US – in some cases above 16% – and in the regulatory field we should work towards harmonization as a way to facilitate trade and reduce the costs for companies on both sides of the Atlantic.”
The US currently ranks among the top five export markets for EU textiles and clothing, with exports of more than EUR3.8bn a year.

                                           
 

                             
                 
                  
      

   
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