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September 1, 2009
The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's
Chinese Ribbon Anti-dumping
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled to continue countervailing and
anti-dumping duty investigations on imports of woven ribbons from China and Taiwan.
The decision came on Friday, August 21, after the ITC voted unanimously that there is "reasonable"
evidence that "a US industry is threatened with material injury" by the imports.
The products being reviewed, it says, are narrow woven ribbons with woven selvedge from China that
are allegedly subsidized, and from China and Taiwan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less
than fair value.
The action follows a petition lodged by Berwick Offray, which said the ribbons are being imported
into the US at "less-than-fair-value prices" because Chinese manufacturers receive government subsidies.
It noted the volume of imports of narrow woven ribbons from Taiwan and China rose 76% year-on-year
in the first quarter of 2009.
Because these products are being dumped into the US market, Berwick Offray says, US manufacturers are
being hit by declines in shipments, revenues, capacity utilization, wages, employment, profits and
The US Department of Commerce is set to make its preliminary countervailing duty ruling around
October 2, and its anti-dumping duty determinations around December 16.
A model presents Huit
at the CurveNY Fashion Show held on Monday August 3,
2009 at the
M2 Lounge, NY.
Photo by Arrow
Eco-Labeling Program Seeks
A new eco-labeling program set up to show US consumers whether fashion items meet a range of
environmental and social standards from design through to retail, is now calling for feedback from
Los Angeles based Labeling Ecologically Approved Fabrics (LEAF) wants to help the growing number of
reputable apparel designers and brands to tell shoppers about the standards their products have
LEAF will not perform any certifications; instead, it will verify whether a garment has been certified
by any of some 15 or more third-party certification organizations.
Apparel that has been approved by these bodies at various stages within its complex life cycle will be
entitled to display the LEAF label on hang tags and in marketing campaigns.
"LEAF, as a unifying and collaborative labeling program, can provide a link for all the spokes on
the wheel - from designers, to textile mills, to manufacturers, to retailers, to media, ultimately
leading to the consumer," explains Barbara Kramer, co-founder of Designers and Agents, an
independent global fashion trade event.
"LEAF links together leading environmental and socially responsible standards-setting
organizations in an effort to accelerate this all-important
The eco-labeling scheme is also in talks to collaborate with several leading
standards-development organizations around the world, including The Global Organic Textile
Standard; Organic Exchange; and Social
The public review aims to gather stakeholder feedback on the program for apparel sold in the US.
Tia Lyn's NY Fashion Show with beautiful models of ALL SIZES!
Pakistan US Exports Down 13%
Pakistan's apparel exports to the US dropped by 13% in value terms to US$598m during first half of 2009.
A spokesperson for the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) said that shipments to the US
had been affected by the economic recession, and rising shipments from China after the removal of US
quotas on the country.
The export shipments dropped 7% in volume terms, reflecting a drop in unit value, also by 7%, during
Social Networks Help Topshop
Arcadia Group will expand the shipping destinations of its Topshop.com e-commerce site after seeing
growth in international demand on social networking sites.
The company will now ship to Austria, Norway, Belgium, Finland, Greece, New Zealand and
A spokesperson for the company confirmed it follows huge demand in these countries from followers of
Topshop's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
It also tracked a high level of website traffic from the countries' shoppers.
US Tamil Boycotts Victoria's
Secret & Macy's
U.S. Tamil expatriate groups in New York as part of their continuing campaign urging
US companies to avoid trade with Sri Lanka, targeted Victoria Secret and Macy's on Saturday August 15, in Manhattan at 34th street and Broadway junction, between 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
MACY’S and Victoria Secret have retail stores across from the area where the protesters stood, and carry many garments Made in Sri Lanka.
55million of the 70m Victoria's Secret panties made every year come from Sri Lanka, according to US media reports in 2006.
Many shoppers did not know that Sri Lanka exported over 50% of its garments to US, and that Sri Lanka was forcibly holding 300,000 Tamils in concentration camps. “This is slavery,” many shoppers said after reading the handout, according to those present at the protest.
“Check the label before you buy, for Sri Lanka is committing genocide," said a message in the flyer the protesters were distributing to the interested shoppers.
"Ethical shopping is in the natural psyche of US shoppers, and we believe a sustained campaign of small scale protests, held widely in different states in front of identified big-label stores that sell Colombo-made clothing and other consumer items, will likely have a debilitating effect on Sri Lanka's economic
performance," said Siva Nathan, the organizer of Saturday's protest.
"We hope to slowly expand the scope of the boycott campaign, and anticipate the protests to spread to other major cities in the US in the coming months, and get the attention of the Tamil
Halfway through a romantic dinner out, my husband smiled and said, “You look so beautiful under these lights.”
I was falling in love all over again when he added, “We gotta get some of these lights.”
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