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Duty Free Apparel Bill Introduced 
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  June 15, 2009                                           Issue #243
     The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's Wear Journal           

                              Intimate Apparel

Duty-Free Apparel Bill
Two US senators have introduced legislation to provide trade relief for apparel and textiles imported into the US from 14 of the world's poorest nations. 
The Tariff Relief Assistance for Developing Economies Act of 2009 or the 'TRADE Act of 2009' introduced by Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and Kit Bond (R-Mo) is intended to help some of these nations sustain vital export industries and promote economic growth and political stability.
Specifically, the bill would provide duty free status to textiles and apparel assembled in and imported from 14 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from January 1, 2009 until December 31, 2019.
These nations are not covered by any current US trade preference program, and currently face some of the steepest US import tariffs, averaging over 15%. 
The 14 beneficiary countries designated by this bill include: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Laos, Maldives, Nepal, Samoa, Sri Lanka Solomon Islands, East Timor, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Yemen. 
Between them, they currently account for just 4% of the US textile and apparel market, the Senators said.
In order to get the benefit the apparel must be made from yarn and fabric made in the US or beneficiary countries or, for the first eight years of the agreement, any third-country fabrics subject to limits.
"This legislation would help to create more jobs, raise living standards, and promote economic and political stability in some of the world's poorest countries," Senator Feinstein said. 
"This bill would help correct this trade inequality and help promote greater economic opportunity where it is most needed - at little cost to US manufacturers." 
Bond added: "This bill will help create jobs, alternatives to extremism, and political stability in some of the world's poorest countries."
US textile groups fear the bill will do little to boost demand for US fabrics over Chinese or other Asian sources, and that the majority of growth is likely to come from Bangladesh, followed by Cambodia and Sri Lanka, with negligible benefit for the other 11 countries.
While other exporting countries such as Pakistan say the measure would shrink their share of the US textile market yet benefit competitor countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

     A model presents Silk Spectre by Rubies
during International Lingerie Fashion Show at 
        the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas April 20.  
               Photo by Jerome Hamilton

Woman Sues Victoria's 
A Pennsylvania woman claims in a federal lawsuit that lingerie store Victoria's Secret infringed on her patent for a bra design.
Heather M. Knox, of Monroeville, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh claiming that the store's new BioFit 7-way bra infringes on her design. Knox patented her "multi-layer uplift bra" in 2006 with the federal government.
Knox says she came up with the idea because she had difficulty finding the right bra for her frame. 
Knox said that in 2007, as she searched for a possible manufacturer for her bra, she got in touch with Victoria's Secret's head designer. They talked on the telephone and communicated by e-mail and Knox said she sent a description of her design, noting she had a patent.
While she never heard anything more from the retail chain, she said the Victoria's Secret BioFit bra, in its largest sizes, uses a "power mesh" that resembles her design. She filed a federal lawsuit in Pittsburgh.
"It's scary to go up against a big company, but I think in the end, the right decision will be made," she said.
She said she even approached Victoria's Secret in 2007 about her design, which she called "The Right Bra." The store began selling their BioFit version this year.
Limited Brands, the parent company of the chain, would not comment on the litigation.

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Illegal Imports Into Vietnam
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Vietnam's Textile and Apparel Association has reported a flood of garments with excessive levels of formaldehyde being illegally imported to the country from China.
The garments, which include branded fakes, are especially rife in the economic centers of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city, a source said.
They are thought to have originated from Guangdong province, and include children's wear, women's wear and fabric forbidden in China because of its toxic levels.
The clothing likely made its way through Northern border gates to Vietnam illegally and is therefore being sold very cheap, said Hoang Khanh Hoa, deputy director of Customs Department in Lang Son province, near the Chinese border.

A model presents Queen of Hearts by Roma Costumes Inc. during International Lingerie Fashion Show at 
        the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas April 20.  
               Photo by Jerome Hamilton


Wal-Mart to Create Jobs
Wal-Mart is to create more than 22,000 jobs at its namesake stores in the US this year, the retail giant has claimed.
The announcement comes as Wal-Mart looks to open 142 to 157 new or expanded Walmart stores during the 2010 fiscal year in the US.
The company will create over 1,000 jobs in several individual states including Arizona, Florida and Michigan.
"During this difficult economic time, we're proud to be able to create quality jobs for thousands of Americans this year," said Wal-Mart vice chairman Eduardo Castro-Wright.
"At Walmart, we offer competitive pay and benefits and real opportunities for our associates to advance and build careers."

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Cotton DNA Tracking
The largest trial of a DNA marker has taken place in collaboration with one of America's leading cotton growers, opening up the potential to track specific batches of fiber through to finished textiles and apparel and help in the fight against fraud and counterfeiting.
During the pilot study, more than 500,000 pounds of raw pima cotton fiber was tagged with a botanical marker called SigNature DNA from Applied DNA Sciences Inc. 
The marker was then detected throughout the various stages of cotton processing, before and after baling, right down to the single cotton fiber. 
The work complements other research carried out by Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) to track cotton's native DNA - a process known as "FiberTyping." 
By tracking and authenticating this DNA, it is possible to prove that an item on sale contains the cotton claimed on the label. 
Native DNA can also be used to determine the country from which the original cotton was derived. 
Jeff Elder, chairman of Supima, which represent the growers of American pima cotton, said: "Authentication of cotton fiber in finished products provides us with a leading edge in today's highly competitive global marketplace."
According to the National Cotton Council, cotton is America's number one value-added crop and is found in around two-thirds of all apparel.
But it can be very difficult to trace the origin of the fibers since more than 30% of the world's consumption of cotton fiber crosses international borders before processing.
Using SigNature DNA technologies can therefore ensure continuity in the identity of cotton fibers as well as protecting textiles and garments from counterfeiting and fraud.
According to Dr James Hayward, CEO of APDN, SigNature DNA "can be embedded into any fiber or polymeric raw material used in textile products." 
He adds that the markers can enable any manufacturer of synthetic fibers or any farmer of natural fibers to trace the inclusion of their fibers in retail goods.
It can also be used to mark yarn, woven and non-woven labels and even the garment itself. 

OpiTex 3D Avatar Upgraded
OptiTex has upgraded the female avatar used in its 3D CAD solutions by creating additional poses, body measurements and shoulder pad fit options to help designers in the fashion market improve garment fit issues.
The Eva avatar also features improved hair texture and facial characteristics.
There is also a specific morph of the avatar tailored to the underwear and lingerie industries with customizable settings. 
"We strive on a daily basis to create more detailed avatars to reflect unique fits that exist outside of the virtual world," said OptiTex CEO Ran Machtinger.

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