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Miscellaneous fashion relevant articles.

Another excellent way to read miscellaneous fashion news, would be to read fashion blogs.  You can actually read some directly on this site in our fashion blog section here on the Fashion Newspaper, or find a great resource of fashion blogs at the Fashion Industry Network.

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Guess?, Inc. yesterday announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new program to repurchase, from time-to-time and as market and business conditions warrant, up to $500 million of its common stock. This new $500 million authorization is in addition to the existing $250 million repurchase authorization announced in March 2011, under which approximately $231 million has been used to repurchase approximately 8.2 million shares to date (including 5 million shares during the current fiscal quarter). Approximately $19 million remains available for repurchases under the existing $250 million authorization.

Natural Clothing Company, owned by "Earth Day in Snohomish" organizer Alina Bartell, announces the Grand Opening on Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8, 2012 of the new shop location at 1020 First Street in Snohomish. Highlights of the Grand Opening include an exciting introduction of brand new, Paris-designed, organic fair trade clothing. These are fashions you will find nowhere else in the Puget Sound area! Event attendees get a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.

Most people dread the exposed-back (and exposed-backside) gown more than anything when they think of staying in the hospital. As part of its longstanding commitment to improving the patient experience, The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, recently upgraded the standard medical mainstay with a longer, more substantial, more comfortable and less revealing gown.  The hospital also has designed alternatives that feel more like pajamas or loungewear, with long johns and tee shirts for children, and tops and pants for adults.

Pennyroyal Studio announces the latest Signature Collection collaboration with  canine behaviorist Cesar Millan and star of the NatGeo WILD TV show, Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan. The Signature Collection has raised close to $200,000 for various charities since its launch in 2009. Continuing its success, Pennyroyal Studio and Cesar Millan have teamed up to release a pendant featuring a replica paw print from Millan's pit bull ambassador "Daddy" who was a fixture and companion on Dog Whisperer until his death in February 2010.  Proceeds from all sales benefit The Cesar Millan Foundation's DEAR Fund, which provides aid to dogs in need of special care due to abuse, violence, and man-made or natural disasters. 

During a period of restricted discretionary spend and low consumer confidence, it is imperative that retailers know who their core customer base is and how they should be targeting them. UK Customer Insights 2012 are based around individual retailers and provide a highly detailed, data-rich overview of a retailer's customers, including shopper profiles and the drivers of loyalty and disloyaltyIdentify how the retailer drives loyalty and which stores are favoured by disloyal customers to improve your own shopper penetrationUnderstand which strategies are most effective at driving customer loyalty in clothing and justify your own business investments. Data is segmented regionally and by demographic and socio-economic group to enable you to identify which customer groups offer the most opportunities. A comprehensive analysis of a retailer's customer profile. How has the profile of the consumers shopping at the clothing retailer changed over the past year and what has caused this? What drives consumers to shop for clothing at the retailer? What makes them disloyal? How many other stores do your shoppers use for clothing and what stores are these? Will these be a threat going forward?

There's no substitute for a good pair of shears or scissors. No matter how big your sewing or tailoring company has gotten you'll still need to get in with a pair of shears and cut some fabric a few times a day at least. Any tailor or dressmaker worth their salt wouldn't look like the consummate professional without a fine pair of scissors at arm's length. With the line of house-made cutting tools from Golden Cutting & Sewing Supplies, the premier supplier of sewing supplies in Los Angeles, and their online retailer, GoldStarTool.com, you'll be cutting, snipping and nipping for years without worrying about dulling or rust, provided you know how to maintain your equipment.

Marwyn announces the launch of Luxup at www.luxup.com – a unique invitation-only club for international travellers with a love of shopping for luxury brands. Launching in summer 2012, the club will initially target Chinese and International travellers visiting London, with subsequent roll-out to the US and Hong Kong in the fall and then to other cities around the world.
A leader in helping at-risk youth transition from violence and poverty to positive, self-sufficient lifestyles, Roca holds its 7th annual fundraising breakfast, "The Difficult Truth," on May 2 at the Seaport Boston Hotel. Anthony DiPaolo, CEO of the workwear and fashion retailer Work 'N Gear, co-chairs the event where more than 500 state policymakers, business and civic leaders will hear "the difficult truth" about criminal justice reform efforts.
NOWNESS.com, the digital leader in modern luxury storytelling, today announced that it has launched a Chinese-language version of its unique editorial platform, giving Chinese consumers and luxury enthusiasts a new way to experience high-end lifestyle and to engage with luxury brands online.
Hollywood style makers in DC
Once thought to be solely the domain of the Hollywood in-crowd, image consulting services have now taken a foothold on the East-Coast and are in fact thriving in the Nation's capital.  If the current recession has done one thing then it is to have affected all sections of the economy with equal force. It has not gone unnoticed that the downturn shifted the locus of power to Pennsylvania Avenue and Capitol Hill. Now, businesses such as HET Communications are meeting a noticeably growing demand from anyone for a unique brand, to stand out from the crowd, to make a great first impression and to ultimately, get the deal!

Dennis Klein, Vice President of Loss Prevention at Abercrombie & Fitch, will be speaking at the 2012 RILA Loss Prevention, Audit and Safety Conference. Klein will discuss how Abercrombie & Fitch, one of the most profitable retailers in the industry, was able to translate inventory information into item-level profit opportunities, insights and trends, through the use of profit amplification from Profitect. Klein will be presenting on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gaylord Texas Resort & Convention Center.

The report, 'Risk analysis of the apparel supply chain in 2012', offers a detailed analysis of how cultural, linguistic, climatic, political and economic factors impact on global sourcing. It was compiled in response to a "perfect storm" of cost elements that confronted the supply chain in late 2010 and early 2011, including record cotton prices, large-scale wage increases and soaring shipping costs.

J.Lindeberg has entered a partnership with the Southeastern Collegiate Golf Tour as a Founding Sponsor and Official Apparel Sponsor of the 6 stop Collegiate Tour; as well as the Presenting Sponsor of the Sawgrass Collegiate event held at the Tournament Players Club June 24-27, 2012.

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:  Global Apparel Industry

The global outlook series on Apparel provides a collection of statistical anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. The report offers a bird's eye view of latest trends and consumer-dictated themes lending growth traction to this effervescent, ever-changing industry. The report also recapitulates recent noteworthy mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic developments. Market discussions in the report are punctuated with fact-rich market data tables. Regional markets elaborated upon include United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, UK, China, India and Brazil, among others. The report also includes an indexed, easy-to-refer, fact-finder directory listing the addresses, and contact details of 1451 companies worldwide.

KORUS FTA

KORUS FTA, a new free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea, will take effect March 15th. It will eliminate 95% of tariffs on consumer products over the next five years, including immediately eliminating trade protections on heavy textiles and footwear.

U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement

The United States and the Republic of Korea signed the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) on June 30, 2007. On December 3, 2010, the United States and Korea concluded new agreements, reflected in letters signed on February 10, 2011, that provide new market access and level the playing field for U.S. auto manufacturers and workers.  Congress approved the agreement on October 12, 2011, and Korea’s National Assembly approved it on November 22, 2011. The United States and Korea completed their review of the measures both sides had taken to implement the FTA and exchanged diplomatic notes on February 21 agreeing to bring the agreement into force on March 15, 2012.

Learn more and check back for updates at http://www.ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/korus-fta for updates.

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On Saturday, February 11th, designer Mara Hoffman returned to the runway, debuting her mesmerizing Fall 2012 collection and stylish limited edition Mara Hoffman for PROPER ATTIRE condoms featuring her signature prints to over 1,100 people at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York. Superstar friends and fashion elite, including Nigel Barker, Whitney Port, June Ambrose, Shana Moakler, Eric West, Miss J, Beth Riesgraf, Nathalie Rock and Torrey Devitto, joined Hoffman's family, including 1-year-old son, Joaquin.

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