Made In the USA Database A national searchable database of US-based clothing and textile manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors is being
compiled to help companies seeking to source 'Made in the USA' textiles, apparel, and footwear products.
While it is not yet possible to search for US-based suppliers, companies who want to be included in the
database are being invited to register their details.
The results will be accessible online through the US Department of Commerce's Office of Textiles and Apparel
(OTEXA) website. Firms who want to self-register should go to http://otexa.ita.doc.gov/MadeInUSA.htm
The Affinitas Runway Show The Affinitas & Parfait Runway Show was held during the first LingerieFW at the Metropolitan
Pavilion on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
Press, buyers and others in the intimates industry came from all over to see the new styles from the Fall/Winter 2013 collections.
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India's Excise Duty Cut The decision by the Indian government to restore zero excise duty on shipments of cotton, spun yarn and apparel
has been welcomed by exporters.
India's Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) offered a broad welcome to measures outlined by the country's
Finance Minister in his annual Budget.
In particular, AEPC chairman Dr A Sakthivel thanked the Minister for restoring the "zero excise duty route" for
the cotton and man-made sector (spun yarn) at the yarn, fabric and garment stage.
The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), meanwhile, said the removal of excise duty on branded
ready-made garments will "bring back some vigor and strength to this beleaguered sector."
It added that the country can now "look forward to higher employment, lower prices for consumers, and faster growth
of the domestic garment industry."
CMAI also hopes foreign retailers will now be encouraged to "set up shop in India to manufacture their requirements
in India, rather than import from other countries."
Other measures welcomed by the AEPC in the budget for 2013-14 included continued funding for the Technology
Upgradation Fund (TUF) and the creation of apparel parks
within the Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SITP).
Funds were also set aside to help the SME sector through the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI),
with Dr Sakthivel praising the decision to allow companies to go on enjoying benefits or preferences up to three
years after they have outgrown the sector.
However, he also repeated his call for a scheme to increase garment exports to US$30bn in the next three
years by restricting customs duty paid on man-made and cotton fabrics, applicable to exporters of woven and
Dr Sakthivel called for this scheme to be approved in time for the forthcoming announcement on India's foreign trade
Eldorado Ships 2013
Lingerie Catalog Distributor Releases Biggest Lingerie Catalog to Date Eldorado, an award-winning distributor of pleasure products, party supplies and lingerie has shipped its 2013 lingerie catalog featuring the latest sexiest offerings from the top brands in the industry.
“Lingerie and sexy apparel continues to be a strong market for us and our customers. Eldorado's latest lingerie catalog has everything our customers need to help make them more successful,” said Larry Garland Eldorado CEO and Founder.To
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Lipgloss & Lace
by Mandie Mutchie
The Museum of Sex
I just got back from a trip to NYC, which was WAY too short - not just because our flight was canceled and then delayed due to weather, not just because I had a great time, and not just because NYC is huge and fun and there is WAY too much to do to fit in a 4-5 day trip, but because I had really wanted to visit La Petite Coquette and write and article about it, but couldn't make it!
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Activists Detained at
Protest European activists have been detained by Cambodian police
after taking part in a protest outside the E Garment clothing factory near Phnom Penh.
The five activists from the Clean Clothes Campaign were meeting with protestors at the factory, which is said to
supply well-known brands such as Marks & Spencer, Esprit, Diesel, Okaidi, and VF Corporation.
The factory has a history of suppressing human and labor rights, the groups say, and workers there have been on
strike since the end of January after 41 employees were illegally dismissed for unionizing.
The activists were detained and questioned for over six hours.
"If Cambodian police arrest international NGO representatives for simply standing outside a factory, I
can only imagine about the level of union repression and lack of human rights here," said Austrian CCC activist
While Ben Vanpeperstraete from the Belgian CCC, added: "The CCC will continue to monitor this situation closely
and call on all officials to put an end to this violence and rights repression at E-garment and expect the
attackers will be prosecuted."
Sonata Lingerie Joins Forces with Rene Byrd for the Target Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaign Sonata Lingerie has teamed up with Rene Byrd, a driven musician with a powerful voice, to help create awareness of the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. Sonata supplied lingerie designs from the Classic collection for Rene’s boudoir shoot with the FYEO portraits ® studios. Rene quickly fell in love with the idea of doing this shoot to encourage women to embrace their body types and feel special. She then decided to use the intimate shoot to spread awareness and help fundraise for ovarian cancer with Target Ovarian Cancer Charity.
Sonata Lingerie will donate 10 percent of revenues in March to the Target Ovarian Cancer Charity, and will also run a giveaway encouraging social sharing through Facebook, Twitter and their website. The prize will be a Paradis Gown and Classic Bodysuit, and the aim is to further the reach of a video that raises awareness on ovarian cancer symptoms.
Sonata Rapalyte, Creative Director of Sonata Lingerie, is honored to work with Rene Byrd on such an important cause and is happy her lingerie designs can help play a part in the campaign to create better awareness among women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Given the designer Sonata’s youth of growing up in Lithuania under the Soviet regime marked with conformism and austerity, her lingerie is about the re-appropriation of the body, bringing luxury to the realm of women’s intimacy. All of her designs are made of the most delicate fabrics, which includes silk chiffon, silk satin, linen and French lace. She also incorporates ornament, such as Swarovski crystals.
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China's Chemical Clean-up
Plan China's textile sector is one of seven industries being targeted by efforts to prevent and control chemical
pollution in the country by 2015.
The five-year chemical management plan issued last month by the Ministry of Environment will see the government
come up with phase-out, restriction and elimination lists by 2015.
58 chemicals are for the first time included on the priority risk prevention and control "blacklist",
including endocrine disruptors such as DEHP, BPA and Nonylphenol (NP).
Environmental pressure group Greenpeace has described the move as a "breakthrough", and says it indicates that
China's chemical management has shifted from pollution control to elimination.
"China has been the world's largest chemical producer since 2010," says Yixiu Wu, toxic campaigner for
Greenpeace East Asia.
"The Plan indicates that the massive pollution found across the country, caused by large-scale chemical
production and the release of hazardous chemicals, urgently needs to be tackled.
"It's our hope that this announcement is quickly implemented and enforced - about half of China's rivers
are not suitable for domestic use, and around 20% are deemed useless even for industrial purposes."
Wu adds that the blacklist for priority actions "sends a clear message to industry that these hazardous chemicals,
which are banned in various other parts world, will have no place in the future of China."
Greenpeace has long documented the role of the textile industry in hazardous water pollution, with its global
Detox campaign leading a number of fashion brands and retailers to pledge to eliminate all releases of hazardous
chemicals throughout their products and supply chains by 2020.
Another directive issued by China's state council calls for the creation of a 'circular economy' that
systematically reuses waste materials and reduces pollution. The policy is part of the country's 12th
five-year plan, covering 2011 to 2015.