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Labor Groups Criticize Triumph
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  September 15, 2008                                           Issue #225
     The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's Wear Journal           

                              Intimate Apparel

   Labor Rights Group 
    Criticizes Triumph 
A labor rights group has slammed Triumph International, one of the world's largest brands of intimate apparel, after it sacked a union president at one of its factories in Thailand for wearing a T-shirt that insulted the Thai monarchy.
The Clean Clothes Campaign says the action "inherently raises questions about the company's motives" and is calling on the underwear company to reinstate its employee. 
According to the workers' organization, Triumph's Body Fashion Ltd (BFT) subsidiary dismissed union president Jitra Kotshadej, the chairperson of its union in Thailand, on July 30.
She wasn't wearing the T-shirt at work, and it wasn't the color or the design of the T-shirt that caused offence. It was the message that caused the problem: 'Those who do not stand are not criminals. Thinking 
differently is not a crime.' 
The T-shirt refers to the abuse of 'lèse-majesté' legislation which protects the dignity of the Thai monarchy.
Insulting the monarchy is a crime in Thailand and an act deeply resented by a considerable part of Thai society. 
Ms Kotshadej was participating in a late night TV debate on women's reproductive rights when she wore the T-shirt. 
"Dismissing her for a wearing a T-shirt that supports freedom of expression is simply outrageous," said Tessel Pauli, urgent appeals coordinator for the Clean Clothes Campaign. 2,000 of her co-workers also walked out of the factory in a show of solidarity, demanding the reinstatement of their union president.
The Clean Clothes Campaign is criticizing Triumph for denying Ms Kotshadej the basic human right of freedom of expression.
However, Triumph International said her actions "caused significant damage to the company," and says it is in talks to end the workers' strike.
It also said BFT has acted in full compliance with Thai labor law and would welcome back all striking employees without any disciplinary action.

UK's Retail Sales Show Decline
UK retail sales fell 1% on a like-for-like basis in August, the fifth month out of the last six to register a decline - the worst sequence of figures for three years. 
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said that very wet and dull weather had hit sales, despite a few sunny days and extended clearance events. 
Underlying trade had remained tough with widespread discounting, it added. Food and drink sales were up on last year, but otherwise footwear was the only sector to show any growth, boosted by sales of children's 
shoes. Clothing sales remained poor. 
"Miserable weather washed out hopes of a summer boost for retailers, already suffering the slowdown," said Stephen Robertson, BRC director general. "Prospects for customers and retailers are inextricably linked. 
"Helping retailers keep prices down by cutting regulatory costs is the best way the Government can assist hard-pressed customers. It must think again on business rate supplements and empty property rates relief, and consider carefully where the minimum wage goes next."

New Victoria's Secret Angel
Supermodel Marisa Miller has joined the ranks of "Angels" used to promote the wares of lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret. 
The company said Miller had signed a multi-year agreement, joining other Angels such as Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks and Karolina Kurkova. 
She will mark the new deal with an appearance to promote Victoria's Secret's new fragrance, Very Sexy Dare, at the company's store in Herald Square, Manhattan, next week. 
"Marisa is one in a billion," said Ed Razek, chief marketing officer and president of brand and creative services at Limited Brands, owner of Victoria's Secret. 
"She's the quintessential California beach girl, she's incredibly gorgeous and she exudes a remarkably positive energy. Marisa is truly an asset to Victoria's Secret."

21/24              Photographed by Lawrence O. Brown

Finding Treasure With HMS
Steve Kimberling has a history of unique marketing effort to promote the credit card processing services provided by Humboldt Merchant Services and the upcoming International Lingerie Show is no exception. This show HMS rolls out their TREASURE HUNT for all buyers.
“We are continually looking for fun and creative ways to promote not just ourselves, but our clients at the tradeshows we attend.” Kimberling stated. HMS is in a unique position at the ILS. Not only can HMS service buyers who attend the show, but they also work with many of the exhibitors as well. To add to the already fun atmosphere of the ILS, buyers will now be able to participate in the Treasure Hunt.
The concept is simple: get your treasure map from one of the HMS pirates, visit the participating booths on the treasure map, and then return your complete entry into a drawing for gift packages from a number of HMS clients. 
“My goal has always been to fully support the intimate apparel industry.
Yes, we attend and exhibit tradeshow to sign new merchants and grow our business, but equally important is the growth of our clients – manufacturers, distributors, and retailers alike.” Kimberling commented.
Participating clients included in the prize packages are:
Look for the HMS pirates or visit booth 732 to get our treasure map at the International Lingerie Show, September 15-17 at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas.


Lululemon Reports 123%
     Jump in Q2 Profits
Yoga wear company Lululemon's net income more than doubled to $12.3m in its second quarter, from $5.5m in the same period last year, helped by a 13% surge in sales.
The Canadian apparel firm said that net revenue increased 48% to $85.5m during the period. 
Net revenue from corporate-owned stores was $78.3m, an increase of 50% from the second quarter of fiscal 2007.
Its same-store sales increased 13% on a constant-dollar basis compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2007, or 18% including the impact of currency.
Net revenue rose 59% to $162.4m for the first-half, while profit jumped to $20.8m from $9.3m last time.
Christine Day, Lululemon's CEO, said: "We are pleased with our financial performance, particularly in light of the current retail environment, and have made notable progress on various initiatives in real estate, systems and people that will support our long term growth objectives."
The company continues to expect revenue between $380m and $385m for the fiscal year, based on same-store sales growth in the high single digits and 35 new store openings in North America.

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