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Rally to Save NYC Garment Center
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Cotton Prices Continue To Climb
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November 1, 2010                                            Issue #276
     The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's Wear Journal           

                              Intimate Apparel

Textile Groups Claim India
      Broke WTO Rules
Textile groups in the US, EU, Turkey and Mexico are calling for action against the Indian government for restricting cotton exports and contributing to global shortages and rocketing prices of the fiber.
The groups, who between them employ more than one million workers, claim India has broken WTO rules and say it must be held to account after its "anti-trade actions on cotton have caused turmoil in world markets."
The concerns are outlined in a joint letter sent to the European Commission (EC) and their respective governments. 
The groups - NCTO, Eurocoton, Canaintex, TTEA and ITKIB - cited an illegal pattern of export restraints on cotton that the Indian government has 
imposed since April. And they say the Indian restraints have contributed to an enormous increase in the price of cotton for non-Indian textile producers around the globe.
Since India began restricting its cotton exports in April, the price of cotton has increased by nearly 100%, from 62 cents per pound to $1.20 per pound - hitting all-time highs in recent weeks.
The Indian action has coincided with tightening world supplies of cotton amid increasing demand and disappointing cotton crops in several large 
producing countries.
As the second largest exporter of cotton, India is enjoying one of its largest cotton crops in history but has dramatically restricted its exports over the last six months, the groups say.
"Under these circumstances, competition is seriously distorted," notes Mr Hacoit Benoit, the president of Eurocoton. "As a result, our European textile customers are faced with difficult options.
"They are forced either accept to pay prohibitive prices for their cotton and suffer increased competition on processed products imported into the 
EU at lower price, or they must reduce their own costs by relocating their production facilities and jobs outside of Europe, or they must simply close 
their doors."
Mr David Garcia, president of the Cámara Nacional de la Industria Textil (Canaintex) in Mexico, adds: 
"The Indian government has clearly broken WTO rules and must be held to account. Textile producers in Mexico should not be forced to pay ruinous prices for cotton because India is illegally subsidizing its domestic industry through its export bans and restrictions."
Concerns for Mr Halit Narin, president of the Turkish Textile Employers Association (TTEA) and ITKIB presidents Ismail Gulle and Hikmet Tanriverdi, are that "that the recovery in the Turkish textile sector will be cut short by the Indian actions which have caused the price of cotton to sky- rocket." 
They also note that while the Indian government has pledged repeatedly that its actions are "short term," they have continued to interrupt supply to export markets for over six months.
And Cass Johnson, president of the National Council of the Textile Organizations (NCTO), believes that: 
"For the first time in history, US mills are worried about running out of cotton because India's actions have constricted the worldwide supply and 
have caused panic buying.
"Large state-owned Chinese textile producers are now paying any price to secure cotton. These actions are imperiling what had been a robust recovery for US textile mills."
The groups note in the letter that their mills "face the prospect of extremely high prices for cotton or having no supply of cotton at all."
Adding that "either way, our mills cannot survive such a scenario for an extended length of time," they are urging their respective governments "to 
send the strongest message to India that it must not restrict or delay export of its cotton to world markets."

Rally to Save NYC Garment
Politicians, designers, students, union workers and factory owners took to the streets of Manhattan on October 19, to fight for the future of New York City's Garment Center district.
The rally, which took place in front of the area’s famous button and needle statue, called for measures to protect the outsourcing of local jobs 
overseas. It also wants to see an end to plans to ease zoning laws that protect apparel businesses and would allow more offices in the neighborhood.
There are also fears that the Garment Center is slowly becoming just another commercial district, with real estate pressures emptying apparel businesses out the Midtown home they've occupied for almost a century.
“Fashion is an essential economic engine, and a chief employer at a time when what New York needs more than anything is jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Manhattan Borough president Scott Stringer. “As our city economy rebounds, we must double our efforts to protect local manufacturing – especially creative industries, which are the treasures of this unique city.”
A report earlier this year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Municipal Arts Society found the area is still home to over 800 fashion firms, including company headquarters, fabric and trim suppliers and factories.
The ‘Made in Midtown’ study found designers still rely on the Garment District for research and development, and that it has an important role as a launch pad for young designers and new labels. It is also home to designers including Jason Wu, Nanette Lepore, Shelly Steffee, and Anna Sui.
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Cotton Prices Continue 
              To Climb
Cotton prices are expected to continue to rise despite experiencing huge volatility on US exchanges at the end of last week, according to the Rabobank Group.
Following record gains on Thursday and early Friday and a high not seen since the US Civil War, prices plummeted by the maximum amount permitted under exchange rules later in the day.
But they believe that continuing demand from China, the world’s biggest importer of cotton, coupled with low stock levels at leading exporter the US, will lead to continuing price rises in the near future.
However, the upward curve may be interrupted by further dips thanks to continued concerns over global economic growth and the instability of foreign exchange markets.
Calling the upward trend in pricing “more sustainable” than other recent increases, Rabobank said price increases were necessary to encourage 
farmers in the US and Brazil to plant more cotton and ease the current shortages.
And demand is likely to be boosted further by shortages in flood-hit Pakistan, as well as in China, where this year’s crop levels have been lower than expected.
Rising prices are sure to mean increased prices for clothing in major markets like the US and the UK, particularly in the low-margin, budget clothing sector, which is more exposed to such price volatility.

US Lawmakers Push for
Changes to KORUS FTA
US lawmakers are again calling for “substantive changes” to the pending trade pact with Korea ahead of the upcoming G-20 summit in November.
Their concerns are outlined in a letter sent October 18 to President Obama and South Korean President Lee. They were prompted by comments made by the US President in June that he planned to address the outstanding issues in the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) before the G-20 meeting and send the agreement to Congress for approval in the following months.
The lawmakers’ action also comes after five textile industry trade associations and the labor union representing textile and apparel workers in August urged the US government to make changes to the textile portions of the free trade agreement with South Korea in order to avoid large scale job losses.
“President Obama and President Lee must take this opportunity to establish a new 21st century standard for free trade agreements,” wrote 
Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME), chairman of the House Trade Working Group.
“Even beyond the market access issues for textiles, autos and beef, the current free trade agreement is based on the same failed NAFTA model and promises to ship US jobs overseas.”
In August, opponents outlined three critical errors they claim the legislation contains:
Large and competitive Korean producers were given immediate and sometimes asymmetric duty free access to the US market in sensitive textile categories; The customs enforcement text is weak and will encourage massive fraud, and The rule of origin for textiles and apparel gives benefits to China and other countries for a number of important products.
However, with US politicians and the administration now caught up in the country's upcoming mid-term elections in early November, it seems unlikely the legislation will feature high on their list of priorities.

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Unifi Expands Repreve
     Recycled Products
Yarn maker Unifi Inc has expanded the range of Repreve recycled products available in Asia with the launch of Repreve FDY, a 100% recycled fully drawn yarn.
The yarn is supplied through its wholly-owned subsidiary based in Suzhou, China, called Unifi Textiles Suzhou Co Ltd (UTSC).
The Repreve line-up from UTSC now includes recycled staple polyester, recycled filament polyester, recycled filament nylon 6.6, and recycled 
performance fibers. They are also available with flame retardant, moisture wicking, stretch and color technologies.
“This new product addition will create opportunities that allow us to penetrate new and emerging market segments for UTSC,” notes president 
Ed Wickes.
The new yarn can be used for wovens and warp and circular knit production. It gives fabrics a silky, smooth drape, making it suitable for various types of apparel, as well as performance products like casual and outdoor apparel, the company says.

EU Retailers Break REACH
       Chemicals Law
European retailers including Tesco, Galeria Kaufhof and Co-Op are breaching the EU’s flagship chemical regulation by selling items like children’s flip-flops and sports shoes without providing shoppers with details of the potentially harmful substances they contain, new research claims.
According to the Brussels-based European Environmental Bureau, under the REACH (Registration Evaluation Authorization and restriction of Chemicals) regulations, retailers are legally obliged to provide information on harmful chemicals in everyday products.
Shoppers also have the right to contact a retailer to find out whether a SVHC is on a ‘candidate list’ of chemicals to be phased out in the future.
However, the EEB reveals in its report ‘The Fight to Know?’ that half of the 158 information requests sent to European retailers between April-August 2010 received no response. And just 22% of the requests received satisfactory answers that meet REACH requirements.
Its research found many products – including children’s flip-flops and sports shoes – contain high concentrations of phthalates, plasticisers used to make plastic more flexible. These chemicals are listed as substances of very high concern (SVHC) and recognized to be toxic for reproduction.

Frederick's of Hollywood 
 Sells Wholesale Division 
US intimate apparel firm Frederick's of Hollywood Group has completed the sale of its wholesale division Movie Star to Dolce Vita Intimates.
Frederick's of Hollywood previously announced plans to explore strategic alternatives for its wholesale business last month.
The assets were purchased for an aggregate purchase price of approximately US$4.5m, according to a report on Form 8-K filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
"The divestiture of the wholesale division is another major step forward in our strategy to streamline operations and grow our retail business. 
We are focused on transforming Frederick's of Hollywood into a complete sexy lifestyle brand through domestic and international licensing 
agreements to support our entrance into new product categories and markets," said Frederick's of Hollywood CEO Thomas Lynch.

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