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Child and Forced Labor List
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CARSON KRESSLEY to 
Host 2013 Femmy Gala
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FTC Updates 'Green Guides'
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Team Club CalExotics to
Walk for Hope
Page 1

The International Lingerie
Show
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Fever invades Comic Con
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Intimate Graphics Warnaco Group, Inc. Supports 
My Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
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The International Lingerie 
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The Addict Expose:
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October 15, 2012                                        Issue # 323

 
     
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                              Intimate Apparel

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Child and Forced Labor List
Cotton, footwear, leather, clothing and textiles have been included in the latest list released by the US Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) of goods produced in countries that are suspected of using child or forced labor.
The list, produced with the US Department of Labor, includes a list of goods from countries that ILAB has reason to believe are produced with child labor or forced labor, in violation of international standards.
Cotton from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mali, Pakistan, Paragua, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Zambia were said to use either forced or child labor. 
Footwear from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India and Indonesia made the list.
Meanwhile, garments from Argentina, China, India, Jordan, Malaysia and Thailand were on the list as was leather from Bangladesh and Pakistan. Textiles from Bangladesh, China, North Korea, and Ethiopia were also accused of violations. 
The report did not reveal the level of child or forced labor involved, and the listing does not mean any punitive action or import curbs by the US.
"These reports remind us of what happens to the most vulnerable members of society when poverty and labor exploitation unite," said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
"The information in these reports is a vital tool in the effort to stop this abuse and can have an enormous impact in the hands of those who want to join efforts to end these labor practices."

Tia Lyn Lingerie 2/24 Watch Tia Lyn's NY Fashion Show with beautiful models of ALL SIZES!
 
CARSON KRESSLEY to 
Host 2013 Femmy Gala
Honoring: Bloomingdale’s; Cosabella; Lenzing Fibers;  
                  Hautelook.com and Josie Natori 
             FIT Student Design Finalists Unveiled
                 February 5th – Cipriani 42nd Street
The 2013 FEMMY AWARDS, presented by The Underfashion Club, Inc., the intimate apparel industry charitable organization dedicated to education, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2013 and will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York City.
The Femmy Awards honor those individuals and companies that have significantly contributed to the Intimate Apparel Industry and its growth. The Gala is recognized as one of the premier events in the Intimate Apparel Industry, and is the fundraising vehicle that enables the 
Underfashion Club to support its extensive Scholarship, Awards, Internship and Grants (SAIG) programs. These efforts bring to life the Underfashion Club's credo of "Education today for a better industry tomorrow." 
The 2013 Femmy will proudly host the 10th Annual Student Design Contest featuring the designs of Fashion Institute of Technology students. The students' garments will be displayed that evening and the attendees will select three student designers to receive cash awards. The design contest is an integral part of the Underfashion Club's mission to help educate, influence and attract new talent for the industry. 
"We are delighted to announce our 2013 honorees, who will join with us in our ongoing efforts to raise funds to promote education, innovation and growth within the Intimate Apparel Industry."
- Walter Costello, President of The Underfashion Club
2013 marks the 55th Anniversary of this not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to provide Intimate Apparel Industry leaders with a forum to exchange information and ideas, and support the Intimate Apparel market as a vital aspect of the fashion industry through its ongoing commitment to support the education of new talent.
For additional information, please contact the Underfashion Club at 845.758.6405, underfashionclub@frontiernet.net or visit www.underfashionclub.org 

  Fashion Photo
   
 
Rachel is wearing Baci Lingerie
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  


24/24    CLICK HERE to watch Risque's Video on YouTube

FTC Updates 'Green Guides'
Marketers should steer clear of broad, unsubstantiated claims their products are "environmentally friendly" or "eco-friendly" under the latest rules proposed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to tighten up misleading environmental claims.
The changes are included in an update to the 'Green Guides' issued by the FTC - which includes new sections on the use of carbon offsets, "green" certifications and seals, and renewable energy and renewable materials claims.
"The introduction of environmentally friendly products into the marketplace is a win for consumers who want to purchase greener products and producers who want to sell them," said FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz. 
"But this win-win can only occur if marketers' claims are truthful and substantiated. The FTC's changes to the Green Guides will level the playing field for honest business people and it is one reason why we had such broad support."
Among the changes, the Guides:
- advise marketers not to make an unqualified degradable claim for a solid waste product unless they can prove that the entire product or package will completely break down and return to nature within one year after customary disposal;
-caution that items destined for landfills, incinerators, or recycling facilities will not degrade within a year, so marketers should not make unqualified degradable claims for these items; and
clarify guidance on compostable, ozone, recyclable, recycled content, and source reduction claims.
However the Guides do not address use of the terms "sustainable," "natural," and "organic." Organic claims made for textiles and other products derived from agricultural products are covered by the US Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program.


12/24
Brands Look to Reduce
            Pollution
Leading apparel brands including Gap, Adidas and H&M Hennes & Mauritz are looking at ways to reduce pollution within their supply chains following accusations that they were purchasing clothing from suppliers who illegally discharge polluted water in China.
The report, titled 'Sustainable Apparel's Critical Blind Spot' was published by Friends of Nature, the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPEA), Green Beagle, Envirofriends and Nanjing Greenstone.
H&M, Nike, Esquel, Levi Strauss & Co, Adidas, Wal-Mart, Burberry and Gap have "proactively" followed up the allegations and have established screening mechanisms. As a result, the companies have pushed more than 200 textile and leather suppliers to explain violations and their follow-up actions.
In addition, Adidas, Nike, Levi Strauss & Co and H&M have already started to extend management down to dyeing and finishing suppliers.
H&M and Esquel have started using the Pollution Map Database to screen suppliers. Adidas said it continues to search for non-compliant suppliers and push them to go through third-party audits.
Gap has also started to push suppliers to provide explanations for environmental non-compliance.
However, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, JC Penney, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria's Secret and Macy's were among some of the brands to remain silent, the report found.
Meanwhile, Marks & Spencer said it the issues will be "addressed as required" in April. Two of its factories in Zhejiang have had complaints issued against them including waste gas treatment problems.
The research follows a report in April, accusing the retailers of purchasing clothing from suppliers who illegally discharge polluted water in China and listed more than 6,000 environmental violations by Chinese textile enterprises.


11/24

                 Innovative Design 
Protection Act Reintroduced
A bill to extend copyright protection to fashion designs has resurfaced again, but this time includes tweaks intended to garner support from groups that had opposed earlier legislative proposals.
The Innovative Design Protection Act of 2012 (S 3523) introduced earlier this month has so far received voice vote approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee. It succeeds the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act of 2010, both of which were introduced by US Senator Charles Schumer.
The legislation aims to provide unique fashion designs with three years of copyright protection, although this doesn't apply to anything already in the public domain.
In order for a design to count as infringing on a protected design, the copy must be "substantially identical," and so similar it is likely to be mistaken for the protected design.
There is no liability for designs that are the work of a defendant's independent creation and there is no liability for someone who copies the design for his or her personal home use. The legislation also protects retailers and consumers from liability.
Finally, in order to limit the costs of frivolous litigation there is a high burden on plaintiffs to bring a case to court. The plaintiff will have to plead facts 
establishing that he or she has a case, and there are severe penalties for misrepresentation by a plaintiff.
The main changes to the bill include a 21-days written notice requirement before an enforcement action can commence as part of efforts to prevent a flood of litigation, along with a 21-day grace period.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) - both of whom had been critical of earlier efforts - say they can support the new bill, describing it as "a workable and practical approach to the real but limited issue of design piracy."


 

Team Club CalExotics to
      Walk for Hope
California Exotic Novelties Employees
          Participate in 5K Walk
Club CalExotics will have a team in the Walk for Hope, a 5K event to raise money for women’s cancers and cures. The crew is composed of California Exotic Novelties employees who are raising money for the cause. The event happens November 4, 2012, at the City of Hope in Duarte.
Jackie White, the Vice President of Sales for California Exotic Novelties, is the team captain and organized the employees.
“We’ve all been touched in one way or another by women’s cancers,” says White. “Whether it’s a parent, sister, daughter, friend or relative, we all know someone whose honor we can walk in.” City of Hope is one of America’s best hospitals. Walking is a fun way to mobilize our team to have a healthy day of activity and create a positive impact on our community.”
California Exotic Novelties will match 100% of the proceeds raised by Team Club CalExotics. 
Susan Colvin, President and CEO of California Exotic Novelties, says, “Jackie and the team are doing an admirable thing and the company is happy to provide a matching donation in recognition of them. Go Team Club CalExotics!”
Those interested in supporting Team Club CalExotics may visit their page and make a donation. To follow Team Club CalExotics progress, visit www.ClubCalExotics.com
About California Exotic Novelties 
California Exotic Novelties is the nation's leading manufacturer of adult toys and novelties. Since 1994, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of products to enhance the sexual experiences of women, men and couples. From its 200,000 square foot operations center in Chino, California, CalExotics maintains a network of manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide. Its products are available online and from retailers throughout the world.

      The Happy Groom 
"Congratulations my boy!" said the groom's uncle. "I'm 
sure you'll look back and remember today as the happiest 
day of your life." 
"But I'm not getting married until tomorrow," protested 
his nephew. 
"I know," replied the uncle. "That's exactly what I mean." 

Organic Cotton Campaign
          Launched
Textile manufacturers, clothing brands and retailers have been urged to use more organic cotton in their products, as the world's first global organic cotton campaign was launched in Hong Kong October 4.
Lord Peter Melchett, policy director of the UK's Soil Association, asked delegates at the Sustainable Textiles Conference: "Have you cottoned on yet?"
Echoing the slogan of the campaign and website launched October 4, Lord Melchett called on the industry to put a halt to the global environmental damage and threats to cotton farmers' livelihoods caused by conventional cotton farming and processing.
Delegates were told that up to 80% of world cotton production currently comes from Genetically Modified (GM) crops (with 95% of the seed in India controlled by Monsanto).
In addition, more than US$3bn worth of pesticides that can cause a variety of risks to humans and the environment were used on conventional cotton in 2010.
At the same time, worldwide demand for organic cotton is set to grow by at least 10% in 2011-2012.
However, without commitment from brands, farmers and the environment will continue to bear the social, environmental and economic risks associated with cotton production.
"Organic cotton is proven to deliver positive benefits for people and the environment. When it comes to making sustainability claims you can trust, nothing beats it," Lord Melchett said.
The new campaign, which has been launched by the Soil Association and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), says the benefits of organic production include the elimination of dangerous pesticides, water savings, and helps combat climate change by using less energy. 
Healthy organic soils also store more CO2.
Campaigners want big brands to sign up and drive the demand for organic, non-GM cotton by joining the 'Cotton On' campaign website http://www.cottonedon.org/ 

                                           
 

                             
                 
                  
      

   
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