Monday, August 31, 2009

USA:вЂWe remain optimistic about sales trends for Q3’ - Shoe Carnivals


Shoe Carnival, Inc. a leading retailer of value-priced footwear and accessories, announced sales and earnings for the second quarter ended August 1, 2009.

Sales for the second quarter of 2009 were $152.8 million, compared to sales of $158.5 million for the prior year second quarter. Comparable store sales declined 6.4 percent.

Net earnings for the thirteen-week second quarter were $982,000, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $977,000, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the thirteen-week second quarter ended August 2, 2008.

The gross profit margin for the second quarter increased 0.2 percent to 26.8 percent compared to 26.6 percent for the second quarter of the prior year. The merchandise margin increased 0.4 percent, primarily due to better inventory control. As a percentage of sales, buying, distribution and occupancy costs increased 0.2 percent due primarily to the deleveraging effect of lower sales on occupancy costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the second quarter decreased $1.7 million to $39.0 million, or 25.6 percent of sales, compared to $40.7 million, or 25.7 percent of sales, for the second quarter of 2008.

Speaking on the results, Mark Lemond, chief executive officer and president said, "We are pleased to report that we met or exceeded the majority of our internal goals for the second quarter of 2009. While consumer spending and the overall economic environment remained challenging in the second quarter, we were able to improve our year-over-year gross and operating margins and, therefore, record earnings per share equal to last year. We believe the absence of government stimulus checks, which were provided to the consumer during the second quarter of last year, had a negative impact on our second quarter comparablestore sales and traffic.In addition, the sales-tax-free holidays in nine of our states shifted from the second quarter last year into the third quarter this year, which accounted for approximately two percent of the comparable store sales decline for the quarter."

Mr. Lemond continued, "For the first three weeks of August, our comparable stores sales have increased approximately 11 percent, as consumers are responding well to both our athletic and non-athletic product assortments. Only about 5 percent of the 11 percent increase is due to the shift of sales-tax-free holidays out of fiscal July and into fiscal August. While there is considerable uncertainty regarding consumer discretionary spending after back-to-school, we remain optimistic about the sales trends for the remainder of the third quarter. Therefore, due to these improved trends early in the third quarter, we expect to record positive comparable store sales for the quarter."

Net income for the first half of 2009 was $5.1 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared with net income of $5.8 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in the first half of last year. Net sales for the first six months were $320.1 million compared to net sales of $320.6 million for the same period last year. Comparable store sales for the twenty-six week period ended August 1, 2009 decreased 3.3 percent, compared to the twenty-six week period ended August 2, 2008. The gross profit margin for the first six months of 2009 was 27.4 percent compared to 27.8 percent last year. Selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percentage of sales, were 24.7 percent for the first six months of 2009 as compared to 24.9 percent last year.

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Australia:RMIT’s future faces of fashion at MSFW runway


Buttons representing polka dots, Peruvian-inspired colour schemes and wearable chic will grace the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week runway in the RMIT University final-year Bachelor of Design (Fashion) student show this Saturday.

The two student shows, titled Twenty-Eight, will be held at Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday, 5 September. The title comes from the number of students whose work will be featured.

Fourth-year Fashion Co-ordinator Denise Sprynskyj, from the School of Architecture and Design, said the fashion faithful would see work ranging from sustainable swimwear and women’s wear to menswear and children’s wear.

“Students this year have been inspired by the human body, the application of millinery techniques to cloth, the work of international artists, and global events like the financial crisis,” she said.

The RMIT Student Fashion show has become a Melbourne Spring Fashion Week tradition for the closing weekend of the festival.

What: Twenty-Eight – RMIT Student Runway Show
When: Saturday, 5 September, 6.30pm and 9pm
Where: Melbourne Town Hall
Tickets: Available online at 

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India:Diamonds & damsels fashion show with a diffrence


Dharmanandan Diamonds in association with EIJS organized a “diamond and damsels evening” fashion show to display the elite collections of Bridal Diamonds, Light wear Diamonds, Jadau, Bridal Gold and Light Wear Fashion Jewellery at The Park-Galaxy on Saturday night. EIJS brings the first ever B2B exhibition on jewellery, gems and allied products to eastern India. This is a first of its kind initiative targeted at the Jewellery Retailers in Eastern India.

City models Nisha, Madhabilata, Ariti, Chirasree, Rachael, Tiffany, Ushosri and Suchira showcased the exclusive designer jewellery at the stylish and ornamented fashion show, choreographed by Sanjukta. The models were wrapped in different styles of wears for each collection. With the heavy sarees on they looked stunning in the Gold Bridal Jewellery collections. The Light Wear diamond jewelleries combined with the solid color sarees were mesmerizing.

The trendy and elegant ghagra cholis with the classy Jaipur Jadau ornaments brought the essence of Rajasthan. The chic and fashionable light wear fashion jewellery mingled with the trendy western clothes and the Milleret watches were breath taking for the generation next. The models in the diamond bridal collections were exclusively stunning and sufficed as a healthy treat for all the fashion conscious eyes.

About the Exhibition:
East India Jewellery Show will be the first ever B2B show in Eastern India, perfectly timed after the show in Hyderabad. The show will begin on the 25th of July and continue till 27th July 2009 (10a.m. to 6p.m.). With a centrally air conditioned sprawling indoor venue at Netaji Indoor Stadium, EIJS will have several stalls by superior players of the gem and jewellery industry.

With an eagerness to get associated with a region having rich cultural and social heritage where jewellery has a tremendous emotional connect, EIJS has turned its wheel towards the east to tap the right opportunities for the growth of business.

The participants will include names like Dharmanandan Diamonds, Sangam Chains, Niru Diamonds, Bilala Jewellers, Cogent Jewellery, Veeline, Bipin Jewellers, Exquisite Exports, Quantum Equipments, H.K. Jewellers and N.R. Sons. With interactive seminars and workshops for the retailers followed by a fascinating fashion show, this will be meant for everyone associated with the jewellery trade. The exhibition will be showcasing jewellery crafted in loose diamonds, gold, silver, jadao and kundan beginning from Rs. 2000/- to Rs. 3000/-.

About EIJS:
EIJS 2009 is an endeavour to bridge the gap that exists between the West and the East. Most manufacturers, diamond merchants, equipment dealers are largely based out of Maharastra, Gujrat, Rajasthan and some from the South too. The primarily markets that they look at tradiotionally have been the West, North and the South. The East has been a market not tapped, but one which abounds with a culture of jewellery consumption and is a region where a large number of retail jewellers have mushroomed in the past few years.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Brazil:Couromoda to foster the Brazilian industry, Mr Santos


Couromoda is betting on the picking up of business and starting in August it starts, the most important Brazilian and international promotional campaign ever. Buyers, retailers and distributors from all over Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia will receive personalized information on COUROMODA 2010, to be held from January 18 – 21, in the city of São Paulo.

Francisco Santos, founder and president of the Couromoda Group, states that the objective is to attract to the January fair the biggest and most qualified number of buyers ever in a Brazilian fair. “We shall promote all around the world the design, the quality, the technology and the excellent cost/benefit of the Brazilian production of footwear and accessories."

"This endeavor will foster the Brazilian industry and its extreme competence to supply not only the important domestic market, but also the most demanding world markets. We want to show to the international buyers that Brazil is the only country outside Asia that has the capabilities to offer fashion, technology, quality and agility to deliver. Our industry is sound, ethical, experience and our country is undergoing one of its best stages in terms of international prestige”, says Santos.

“We are innovating in the promotion of the fair for which we have doubled our promotional budget, consolidating all the actions that have given Couromoda the leadership in trade fairs in the Americas”. 

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USA:Crocband combines very best features of original designs


Known for bringing innovative footwear to market, Crocs, Inc. announced its newest iconic style – the Crocband. The next generation of Crocs’ celebrated Beach and Cayman styles, the Crocband Collection combines the very best features of Crocs original designs including world renowned comfort with the timeless appeal of retro sneakers.

Retro sneakers have long been associated with movements around expression, independence and liberation. The Crocband is no exception as it takes the expressive nature of Crocs shoes and infuses the youthful and optimistic spirit captured in hip, retro designs. Features of the Crocband include:

- A unique clog style with a sporty midsole and vulcanized band at an affordable price

- Holes for Jibbitz shoe charms for personalization, a must for expressive pop footwear

- Fully-molded Croslite material construction providing lightweight cushioning and maximum comfort

- Croslite material heel strap for a secure fit

- A variety of expressive color combinations including black, bubblegum, navy, red, white and lime

“Crocs iconic clog styles have been part of our brand since day one,” said John Duerden, president and CEO of Crocs, Inc. “The Crocband Collection allows us to celebrate this heritage, but with an updated style relevant to today’s trends. It provides a new look to a Crocs classic, giving all our retail channels a fresh look we are confident consumers will quickly snap up.”

The Crocband Collection’s distinct clog style will have limited availability throughout this holiday season with an expanded collection debuting next spring. Crocs fans of all ages can express their personality with this new, iconic shoe which is available in sizes child’s 6/7 – junior 3, women’s 4-12 and men’s 4-12. The Crocband Collection is available for purchase online at and at select national retailers including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillard’s, Nordstrom and Journeys this fall. 

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Taiwan:Solid partnership between Westmill/High Sky and DADA


Westmill distribution announces they have reached a worldwide license agreement to produce and distribute DADA Footwear and DADA apparel excluding North America. Westmill has been a marketer and distributor of USA brands to Asia for over 14 years. Westmill has been the distributor for DADA footwear and apparel for over 8 years in the Asia market. Westmill also distributes LRG and Triple Five Soul for Taiwan.

Tony Kuo, Westmill CEO: “When we founded Westmill and High Sky distribution 14 years ago our goal was to introduce hot American brands to the Asian market incorporating American marketing techniques. I have worked with the DADA team of very closely over the last 8 years and we have had tremendous success with the brand as we launched amazing products and signed many artists and NBA players. I was excited to hear about their new relationship with i.e. distribution in North America and look forward to continuing the growth we have in the Asia market.”

Lavetta Willis, CEO of LL International: “Tony and Westmill has been a solid partner over the years and we are excited to expand their responsibilities throughout Asia and beyond. With i.e. distribution and Westmill in place, I’m excited and feel very comfortable that we now have the best partners in place to move the brand forward with i.e. distribution and Westmill.”

Dwayne Lewis, CEO of Kyarra Inspires: “Tony has done a fantastic job with the brand in Asia. He is a great partner. He understands our brand, our customer and our direction. As co-founder of Kyarra I am overjoyed at the team we’ve put together.” 

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

India:Grand finale designers for VHIMW announced


Van Heusen announced that Ashish Soni; Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna, will design for the Van Heusen Grand Finale for the forthcoming Van Heusen India Mens Week. They will present their Spring-Summer 2010 lines as the final show on the final day of the event scheduled to be held on September 11-13, 2009 at the Grand Hotel, New Delhi.

Ashish Soni’s contemporary formal range designed especially for the Van Heusen Grand Finale, promises to be both modern and experimental with a strong trend on narrow draped trousers, short jackets with slim lapels and sharp cuts. The garments are body hugging, very fitted, short and sharp. The collection is in three main colours, black, charcoal, and white with hints of blue, and is custom made for the experimental man. Ashish Soni’s collection as always will exhibit immaculate tailoring and attention to detail.

“I am amongst the few designers that started my career designing only menswear in 1993. Needless to say Menswear has come a very long way in our country and the fact that it is finally getting its due recognition with its own industry platform gives me tremendous happiness. Presenting a collection for the Grand Finale always comes with a sense of great excitement and I would like to thank Van Heusen for this fantastic opportunity and congratulate FDCI for putting together yet another great initiative”, said Ashish Soni.

The finale collection by Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna revolves around the concept “Hypernature”- the now nature phenomenon caused by the industrialization of human culture. The duo draws inspiration from linear structures, geometrical lines and is greatly inspired by modern contemporary art. The collection enjoys an infusion of new age cuts and construction along with a strong graphic feel using texture, colour blocking and digital prints as main elements. The colour palette shows an eclectic mix between monochromes and brights and the silhouettes effortlessly blend from structured to relaxed.

The designers’ exclusive lines are being created for Vdot by Van Heusen and will retail out of Van Heusen and Vdot stores in the beginning of next year.

Commenting on the partnership, Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna, said: “We feel honoured to be chosen as the Grand Finale designers at the first Van Heusen India Mens Week. It is an exciting time for men’s fashion in India as for the first time the country’s best menswear designers have come together under one roof to showcase their collections. We would like to thank FDCI and Van Heusen for this endeavour. We are looking forward to designing for Van Heusen and feel that a Corporate back up would enable us to reach a wider audience and make hi-fashion accessible.”

Mr. Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI, said: “We are delighted to have Ashish Soni; Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna as the Grand Finale designers at the forthcoming Van Heusen India Mens Week. They are among the most sought after designers in India, well known for their excellence in design and clothing construction. I have been a customer of theirs over the years and I have found them to be in tune with international styling.”

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India:Tarun Tahiliani is the Lakme Grand Finale designer


Lakmé, India’s No.1 beauty brand, announces celebrated designer Tarun Tahiliani as the Lakmé Grand Finale Designer at the forthcoming Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), India’s premier fashion and trade event, scheduled for 18th to 22nd September 2009, at the Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai.

Over the last 10 years, this will be the 3rd time; Tarun Tahiliani is the Lakme Grand Finale designer. The first was in 2001 and in 2005 with “Fireworks” being the theme for the show and Lakme’s cosmetics collection.

This season, Tarun combines his creative excellence to partner with LakmГ© to convert trends and creativity, into a line that is inspirational for the fashion forward Indian woman. The fashion statement and makeup for the coming winter season will be showcased at the LakmГ© Grand Finale show during LFW on 22nd September 2009.

On the association, N. Rajaram, Vice President - Lakmé says, “Tarun, like Lakmé embodies contemporary Indian Style. We are delighted to have him on board this winter, as the Lakmé Grand Finale designer.”

Tarun Tahiliani comments, “It has been my privilege to do the first Lakme grand finale and the fireworks show in 2005! So it is with great gusto that I return to LFW with the Grand Finale for winter '09 - the season most denoting the sheer magic of Style and Dressing up. The theme this season is one close to my heart, encapsulating the sinuous modern Indian woman in her many moods in the burnished tones of the Lakme palette. Draped,eclectic, strange juxtapositions and a visceral fusion will make up this collection and the free flowing vibe.”

Lakmé Fashion Week has positioned itself as the destination in India for designers to showcase their collections with a focus on building relationships, opportunities and growing the industry with an aim to “redefining the future of fashion”.

Anil Chopra, Advisor- LakmГ© comments “Lakme Fashion Week, jointly organized by IMG & Lakme, leads the way for the coming season, by announcing its schedule from 18th to 22nd September 2009. This schedule suits the needs of the Indian market, taking into account the festival season and convenience of buyers & trade, thereby supporting business for the fashion industry. Further, LFW has released designer application forms three monthsprior to the event, giving designers adequate time to prepare their collection. LFW Spring-Summer’10 will once again be held at the luxurious and spacious Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai.” 

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USA:NYIGF attendance growth reflects industry upswing


An increase in retailers in need of 4th quarter inventory resulted in strong order writing and record-breaking show sales for many exhibitors at the summer 2009 New York International Gift Fair(NYIGF), which ran August 15-20, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94. The semi-annual Fair drew over 31,000 people from 50 states and 85 countries - representing a 5.6% increase in overall attendance - and presented 2,800 exhibitors in 511,000+ net square feet of exhibit space.

"There was a positive 'vibe' on the exhibit floor, which translated into a renewed sense of optimism for buyers and exhibitors alike," said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. "We heard repeatedly that NYIGF was the best show of the summer season, because of order-writing as well as overall attendance gains."

Buyers from across the country visited New York - the last of the summer gift and home markets - resulting in significant attendance growth for NYIGF. As part of overall regional, national and international gains, there were exponential increases in attendance from the southeast, southwest, and west coast of the United States, topped by a 90% increase in buyers from Florida. Rounding out the top five states in terms of attendance growth were: Minnesota at 70%; Washington at 55%; California at 40%; and North Carolina and Ohio, both up 35%.

"The August gift fair proves that things are getting better," said JoAnne Grazzini of BedHead Pajamas. "While this is always a good show in any economy, we had a record-breaking day this week. We had new business from new stores, and very high quality buyers."

International attendance also was up, with an increase of 88% from Canada and more than 50% gains from both Australia and Brazil. This growth mirrored gains in international exhibitor participation at the summer market, with expanded participation from both Japan and Germany, the addition of India, South Korea, and Spain and the return of the Italian Trade Commission.

Other positive changes for the summer market included the strategic re-positioning of several divisions and new partnerships with member-based organizations. The relocation of EXВ·TRACTS (now between General Gift and At Home featuring Home Textiles) at the Javits Center and the incorporation of STUDIO into the Javits Center, alongside Accent on Design, stimulated cross-category sales and buyer-friendly synergies between divisions. At Pier 94, At Home featured a consolidation of all hard lines, and the debut of a partnership with ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) which sparked attendance from professional interior designers.

NYIGF extended its commitment to promote "green" within the gift and home industry, by partnering with GREENRetailer to launch the first semi-annual Eco Choice Awards. Three products from some 175 displayed in NYIGF's SustainAbility: design for a betterworld exhibit, were voted tops by retailers in three categories. Vanishing Creatures Chocolates by Vanishing Creatureswas named "Most Innovative"; Gold Bar Pillows by Lulan Artisans was named "Most Sensitive Use of Materials"; and Beach, Woods and Park dog bath products by lani-dig your dog was named "Most Sellable". A complete list of winners will appear in the Fall issue of GREENRetailer.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

USA:Payless plans for Fashion's Night Out


Payless ShoeSource announced its participation in New York City's Fashion's Night Out created by Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the City of New York and NYC & Company to promote retail, restore consumer confidence, and celebrate fashion in NYC. The nation's leading specialty footwear retailer dedicated to democratizing fashion in footwear and accessories announced today its participation to help bring shoppers out for a fantastic night of shopping, style advice, celebration and great fun!

The Payless program will include late-night shopping events, from 8-10 p.m., hosted by Payless Guest Designers Christian Siriano, Lela Rose and Patricia Field at three New York City stores: 716 Lexington Ave., 437 Fifth Ave. and 513 Broadway in Soho, respectively. The events are unique to each store and each designer. As part of Fashion's Night Out, on September 10 various retailers throughout the five boroughs will stay open until 11 p.m. including these three Payless stores.

Payless is also proud to support The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center with a charity tote that sports the official cityscape graphic originally created for the Fashion's Night Out T-Shirts. The limited-edition Payless Fashion's Night Out Totes will be sold for $10 in about 50 stores throughout the city, while supplies last, beginning September 10 with $5 per tote sold donated to The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center.

Additionally, Payless is supporting the evening as the exclusive sponsor of the Official Ride of Fashion's Night Out -- four Gray Line double-decker buses that will provide free shuttle service for shoppers to travel to the range of retail events in various neighborhoods in Manhattan. The buses will pick-up and drop-off at key shopping locations throughout the city including in front of the three Payless stores offering the late-night events.

"Payless is thrilled to participate in New York City's Fashion's Night Out with an exciting program that is sure to help bring shoppers out on this special night," said LuAnn Via, CEO and president, Payless. "At Payless we are democratizing fashion and that means making the latest shoe and accessories designs affordable for all to enjoy. Now more than ever, affordable fashion is taking a front seat."

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New York Fashion Designer Christian Siriano and season four winner of Bravo's Project Runway reality fashion series, will be in the Payless Lexington store (716 Lexington Ave. at 58th Street) doing what he normally does 48-hours before his New York Fashion Week show - fitting a look for his runway show. This is a unique opportunity for the general public to be behind-the-scenes, getting a sneak peek at a look from Christian Siriano's ready-to-wear and shoe & handbag line for Spring '10, which will hit the runway on Saturday, September 12, at the Bryant Park tents. Payless and Christian will unveil the full Spring '10 Christian Siriano for Payless collection at the Lexington store event. The fitting will be held from 8-8:30 p.m. and Siriano will be available 8:30-10 p.m. for a meet and greet, photos and to sign his first-ever shoe and handbag collection, which hits Payless stores September 8.

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USA:Perry Ellis to distribute Pierre Cardin


Perry Ellis International announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with S.A.R.L. de Gestion Pierre Cardin to source, sell and distribute the Pierre Cardin brand for men’s sportswear, except for woven shirts, in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is a five year agreement, starting in 2010.

“The addition of an iconic brand such as Pierre Cardin, with its amazing heritage, worldwide recognition and enormous untapped potential, creates new and exciting growth opportunities for Perry Ellis International,” George Feldenkreis, Chairman and CEO of Perry Ellis International, commented.

“Pierre Cardin remains one of the best known fashion brands in the world today. We are thrilled to partner with Perry Ellis International – a worldwide fashion leader for the U.S. market,” said Edouard Saint Bris, International License Manager at S.A.R.L. de Gestion Pierre Cardin.

“This partnership will allow the Pierre Cardin brand to reach its full potential in the largest consumer market in the world. We are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”

Perry Ellis International will distribute the brand in department stores starting next January.

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men's and women's apparel, accessories, and fragrances. The Company's collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters,dress and casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear and men's and women's swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution.

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USA:EX•TRACTS to bustle with beauty & energy


High traffic volume and palpable energy filled the aisles at the summer 2009 edition of EXВ·TRACTS - one of eight divisions of the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) - with a sizeable increase in retailers from around the world attending the semi-annual market for personal care and wellness.

"Exhibitors were very pleased with buyer traffic, as well as the amount of order-writing at the show," said Melissa Engongoro,EXВ·TRACTS sales manager. "There was renewed optimism at the summer market, and the momentum kept up all week for both exhibitors and attendees alike."

EXВ·TRACTS grew to feature nearly 100 exhibitors this summer, withleading beauty and wellness suppliers Warren-Tricomi Haircare making its market debut, and Diana B and DayNa Decker moving into the division from other NYIGF locations. EXВ·TRACTS presents a wide range of cosmetics, perfumes, skincare, bath and body care, beauty accessories, hair care, natural/organic products, well-being lines, and home products such as aromatherapy, candles and home spa items.

In addition to overall gains in local, regional and national attendance, NYIGF recorded significant growth from the southeast,southwest, and west coast of the United States, topped by a 90% increase in buyers from Florida. International attendance also increased, led by an 88% increase from Canada. "We've seen great international buyers, with an especially high concentration of Canadian retailers," said exhibitor Joe Marks of Baudelaire. "Thereorder business has been phenomenal at this show."

The new partnership between EXВ·TRACTS and the Day Spa Association boosted attendance from spa buyers, encouraged by the access to new retail-ready bath and body resources. "Spa operators were here in large numbers, which is a great new opportunity for us," said exhibitor Stacy Provines of TINte Cosmetics. "We've also seen buyers from all over the United States, as well as a great deal of cross-over traffic from other NYIGF divisions."

The strategic re-positioning of EXВ·TRACTS between two relevant NYIGF divisions - General Gift and At Home featuring Home Textiles - at the Javits Center resulted in an increase in cross-category sales during the market. "We've experienced great repeat business at this market, as well as exposure to different buyers due to the division's more centralized location," said exhibitor Maziar Aghalarpour of BERJANG USA. "We've seen quality buyers at this show, and they're not window shopping. They are low on inventory and writing orders."

Awards for booth design and product excellence were presented to seven exhibitors during the show. Daniel Benedict Design receivedthe EXВ·TRACTS Best Booth Award; and DayNa Decker's Botanika Collection won "Best of Show" in the EXВ·TRACTS Best New Product Awards competition.

Five additional exhibitors were named best in individual EXВ·TRACTS Best New Product Award categories: Earthworks Products for its Earthworks Soap Wrapper in the Bath & Body category; Warren Tricomi Haircare for its Green Walnut Masque in the Beauty Accessory category; Fragonard Parfumeur for its Cette Nuit La Fragrance in the Cosmetic & Fragrance category; Compagniede Provence for its Ylang Noir Dry Oil in the Natural/Organic category; and Tatine for its Garden & Forest Infusions candles in the Packaging category.

EXВ·TRACTS is one of eight divisions of the New York InternationalGift Fair, the nation's premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace. In total, NYIGF features nearly 2,800 exhibiting companies with 100,000 product lines. The winter 2010 edition of EXВ·TRACTS will take place Sunday, January 31, through Thursday, February 4, 2010, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. 

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

USA:Nigerian Zizi Cardow to show at Couture Fashion Week


In her USA debut, award-winning Nigerian designer Zizi Cardow will present her latest fashion collection at Couture Fashion Week, 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on New York's legendary Park Avenue.

One of Nigeria's top fashion designers, Zizi Cardow launched her own fashion label "Zizi" in 2000 with a view to globalizing distinctive African prints. Within a year, Ms. Cardow began to win a number of prestigious fashion awards for her impeccable designs, including Best Designer Nigeria (2001), St. Moritz Style Selection (2002), and Fashion & Life Achievement Award (2008).

In 2002 she received the DAME Award for outstanding achievement in fashion at an event attended by Nigeria's President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. She has been named an Ambassador for Fashion by the Imo State Chamber of Commerce. Also in 2002, her "Jungle Renaissance" fashion show was widely covered and acclaimed by media worldwide, including CNN Germany and CNN Italy. Her collections have been shown on runways in Paris, Milan, Cape Town and Israel, and her international clientele includes first ladies and A-listers on Nigeria's social scene. In 2005 Ms. Cardow represented Nigeria in the fashion and arts exhibition in Milan, an event attended by the mayor of Milan, dignitaries and foreign ambassadors.

In addition to her numerous fashion accomplishments, Ms. Cardow is greatly involved in various mentorship and youth programs. Her efforts in these areas have also been recognized with such distinctions as the African Role Model Leadership Gold Award (2007), Pillar of National Development Gold Award (2007), Nigeria Enterprise Award for Excellence (2008) and Great Legend of Africa Gold Award (2008).

Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and receptions. The event is held in top venues in New York City, Dallas, Palm Beach, Florida and other selected cities and is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique branding opportunities for luxury products and services. 

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USA:PFW celebrates third year of featuring international designers


Portland Fashion Week 2009 will continue a three-year run of reaching international heights with its runway designers, coverage, and sponsorship. Through the launching of national & international designers in Portland, and the exposure of Portlandto an entirely new breed of outside observer and visitor, PFW diversifies the avenues for economic growth and contributes to a multifaceted image of the city itself.Portland Fashion Week is the city's first fashion event showcasing international designerson the runway, and attracting international press.

Portland Fashion Week | Spring/Summer 2010 Collections
October 7-11, 2009

International Designers
Portland Fashion Week has also had international designers grace the runways since 2007, contributing to international press coverage and bringing fresh & commercially successful eco & independent designers to the Portland scene. The United Kingdom'sIzzy Lane showed in 2007 - receiving attention from national media outlets such as Green Living Online.

In 2008 New Zealand company Icebreaker set up their North American headquarters in Portland and launched their collection from PFW. Elroy Apparel of Vancouver B.C. Elroy Apparel made waves in publications such as Paper-Doll and the Vancouver Fashion eZine where she stated that Portland Fashion Week's totally green production was "exactly where she wants her designs to be shown off."

International Media
Portland has produced a fashion week unique among those outside of major fashion capitals, fostering international press and designer relations, and developing an Advisory Board with national & international reach & expertise. Portland Fashion Week has been featured in many international publications such as Italy's World Book Moda, the world's premiere runway fashion periodical, Stockhom's SVD Sweden (the nation's largest newspaper), and Spain's Staf Magazine.

This year brings exciting new opportunities for international exposure, with sponsorship from Lufthansa Magazin in Germany. Lufthansa, an in-flight publication reaching 320,000 passengers monthly, will additionally be publishing pre-event coverage. Mark Lagler, Lufthansa District Manager for the Pacific Northwestsees this pairing as a natural combination stating "Sustainability is very much a cornerstone of Lufthansa corporateculture," as green-fashion has been and continues to be a focus for Portland Fashion Week.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams comments, "It has been a pleasure to see not only Portland's own vibrant talent, but see designers and press come to our city from all over the nation and the world to launch their collections from Portland's first truly international fashion runway. I and my staff would like to express our support for PFW and its partners for helping to make Portland relevant on the international fashion stage.."

Says PFW Executive Producer Tito Chowdhury, "Such blockbuster exposure to business class professionals all around the world, demonstrating Portland's' livability, entrepreneurial acumen and creative & sustainable development definitely contributes to Portland's official economic agenda."

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UK:Anna Scholz evokes вЂWonderland’ themes of exploring new terrain


Popular plus size designer, Anna Scholz has dubbed her latest collection “Wonderland” in keeping with the fantastical prints and colours that she favours. In addition, multiple worlds and eras comingle in the collection, lending it a sense of playfulness and possibility.

This collection’s prints conjure computer game landscapes and technicolour, otherworldy gardens. Jungle cat prints romp alongside geometric graphics. Blocks of bold brights buttress cosmic swirls.

Past and future also mingle in Anna’s designs which often combine retro details in fresh new silhouettes. A swingy 50s style coat is modernized with a bold black and white Pac-Man print. Her 70s style maxi dress with wide pointed collar is updated and fresh in an earth tone mosaic print.

Such re-imagined classics further evoke magical “Wonderland” themes of exploring new terrain or slipping through a portal into a bygone era.

The first instalment of Autumn-Winter 09 pieces on the web shop are indeed colour-driven and bold as well as featuring all the easy glamour and effortless sex appeal that fans have come to expect from Anna Scholz’s plus size designs.

Anna’s new mosaic print on buttery soft silk is a study in understated cool. The earth tones of the print exude a subtle, low-key glamour in the form of a silk wrap maxi dress and in the clean, straight lines of a shorter kaftan dress. The new paisley print is a brilliant mix of neutrals mixed with bright pink, red and purple on a sumptuous silk tunic dress.

Further, a swingy 50s jacket in the black and white Pac-Man print puts a grown-up spin on the current rage for computer graphic patterns. Warm autumnal yellow, red, taupe and beige swirl in large geometric shapes on the roomy but feminine hip-length body of Anna’s silk satin sequin kaftan. Her black and white leopard print silk satin pieces with gunmetal sequins impart a cool prowess as does a zebra print in plum and nude on delicate georgette.

For a casual but sharp look, the new collection's comfortable knit staples with plenty of feminine sass are not to be missed. Indeed the season’s colour blocking trend is brought to justice in alternating blocks of hot pink and black on Anna’s supple viscose jersey belted dress. Black zigzag stripes add a jolt to the sleeves of a flattering wine-coloured wrap dress. Yummy cotton cashmere pieces will be cozy all season long. And adorable tiger and French bulldog graphics on chic slash neck Ts are funky layering pieces.

The use of luxury fabrics and cut to create an elongated elegant silhouette is a hallmark of Anna’s plus size designs and curvy women’s clothing. Sumptuous double silk caresses the skin. Printed viscose jersey pieces have a surprisingly weighty, expensive look and feel. Just a touch of stretch gives both movement and structure to classic tailoring pieces.

Attention to detail andthe perfect fit are always a priority with Anna-- herself a former plus size model. The empire waist and wrap style of the new silk mosaic maxi dress slenderizes the plus size figure. The cross front and gathered empire waist band of the new ripple print dress flatter the bust and waist. Ruching down one side of the side-gathered dress play up curves and give the dress texture without looking bulky. Anna always incorporates these flattering “tricks” into sexy, contemporary plus size fashions.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Germany:27th munichfabricstart - new input for collections


New services offered, fully booked exhibition halls, fashion show and party time - in Munich the countdown for munichfabricstart-pre collections has started. Organic selection by munichfabricstart: own categorisation eases overview of certifications The questions regarding organic products and sustainability have not diminished. Uncertainties in the industry about where to head and how “green” you need to or should be have grown considerably. This is why munichfabricstart has opted for its own in-house labelling for the certified fabrics and accessories presented in a central location at the organicselection Forum by munichfabricstart in Hall 3. The now almost 320 fabrics and accessories are labelled with symbols in different colours, so-called “organicicons”.

These categorise the products in terms of their environmental and social compatibility and are meant to help guide visitors and exhibitors through the certification maze. We have compiled a detailed overview of the categorisations complete with detailed explanations as an attachment to this press release.

organicselection is a “sourcing pool” for visitors and exhibitors bridging the gap to the lineup of exhibitors because each fabric comes with its composition and its supplier’s stand number. The Forum at Stand E 18 in Hall 3 has expanded now with approx. 320 certified fabrics and accessories from over 50 exhibitors. This service package is completed by the permanent presence of an expert and technical talks.

Commenting on how things stand in the societal debate on ecology and fashion Dr. Kirsten Brodde (a writer on medical, environmental and consumer protection issues delivering papers on “Organic and Fashion” on the first two days of the fair) says: "A вЂgear change’ in the fabrics world is taking place. In tough times the true art lies in presenting “tailor-made” concepts for success. Many firms in the fashion industry are already focusing on the organictheme by “greening up” their products and manufacturing and introducing CSR. Nobody hasto be 100% perfect here from the outset. What counts is to make a start. These firms – also including many fabric manufacturers – are the true avantgarde of the sector proving that things can be done differently. They are sure to generate a positive response from fashion customers. The quality that consumers expect today necessarily also implies ethical and ecological qualities. Nothing else should be found in wardrobes these days.”

fair for kids – a success project: School Centre opened
On 18 May 2009 the first fai r-for-kids School Centre was opened at the Indian town of Kathaparai, Karur District, Tamil Nadu. Called “Kutty’s Rajyam” (Children’s Kingdom) the centre is a fantastic example demonstrating that the textile business is still governed by community spirit and responsibility towards those weaker than ourselves. In as little as one and a half years the Centre was financed 100% by the initiative fair for kids. Now a library with over 1,000 children’s books, a music and computer room, a laboratory and plenty of space for learning and playing ensure that almost 2,000 kids from the surrounding area can learn and play in a carefree environment.

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USA:Modern luxurious elements at Luxe Market


The Luxe Collective Runway Show is a dedicated showcase of seven select independent fashion brands that specialize in luxury fashion and lifestyle. Holding the merchandise to the utmost of standards in goods from textile choices to finishing, the runway show will introduce brands that suit the lifestyle of affluent and influential consumers.Special Occasion fashion will play a large part in the presentation including Avante Garde mastery as well as sassy swimwear, all under the same standards of fit, fabric and finishing.

“The world is looking for a new type of luxury these days, where carelessly throwing on a garment is okay as long as it is made with the high standards we are used to in fashion,” states Nolcha Creative Director Lynn Furge.

The Luxe Collective will take place at Nolcha Fashion Week: New York on September 16th, simultaneously with New York Fashion Week at the iconic Bohemian National Hall in association with Czech Republic Consulate General. The featured designers are:

43.46 aggaj intrigued by the lifespan of a flower: the bright, clear and happiness of its bud, the sheer excitement of its bloom and the mysterious dark side of its demise, has created a collection enabling femininity to steer toward a contemporary and edgy direction.

Timeless swimwear shapes with a bold and contemporary twist defines well the essence of Agnes Valentine. The focus is given on a constructed silhouette, with the garment viewed as an extension of a woman’s wardrobe and ultimately taking center stage.

Dora Abodi luxury pret-a-porter collection’s theme is the both euphoric and bitter love named aptly M’amour. The keywords and inspirations are: bondage, changing the shape of silhouette, the distorted body-art works of Lucy and Bart, the mixture of soft materials (like muslin) and hard materials (like leather, technical ribbons, and industrial materials).

Elda De La Rosa’s, widely regarded as one of Chicago’s best and brightest designers, collection draws on the natural beauty of fabrics. She creates breathtaking details within romantic shapes,all the while celebrating the natural qualities of the fabric. Each gown named after strong Spanish women, there is a touch of infallibility intertwined.

KabukiU collection “Maiko Infusion” features the unique 3-piece Kimono Trousseau Set comprising of a kimono, matching pants, and 3-metre Obi. It is also the first time Telina Webb will be introducing eveningwear into the collection with gowns in Black, White, Red, Silver, Pink, Gold a variety of tradition and modern luxurious elements.

MinnaK’s collection “Symphony in C” is a compilation of movement,but the way it is best described is how a dance performance changes in stages. Balanchine Symphony in C is the perfect example, as the movement of this dance begins with explosion, then it morphs into romantic longing, to the finale where it climaxes in joy and excitement.

Sodalicious' Haute Couture Collection FLORAL FANTASY draws inspiration and color palette from lilac bushes, peonies, French irises and tea roses with cream and honey petals blooming in a vibrant airy backyard.

Prestigious corporate brands continue to support the program that Nolcha is providing the future of the fashion world; September 2009 sponsors include New York Sports Club, Aveda, Clarins Skin Spa, Rae Cosmetics, Paul Mitchell, Starbucks, Saaga Vodka, Riazul Tequila, Don Q Rum and Selve – The Luxury Shoe Customizer. 

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USA:Nigerian DaSilva-Ajayi to debut at Couture Fashion Week


Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi, one of Nigeria's foremost fashion innovators and trendsetters, will make her USA debut at Couture Fashion Week presenting her latest collection of inspired creations. The fashion show will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at the world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel on New York's legendary Park Avenue.

Designer Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi After studying Business Administration at Coventry University and earning her Master's Degree in Finance from the University of Leicester, Ms. DaSilva-Ajayi founded her signature fashion label, LDA, in her native Nigeria in 2005. Since then her reputation as one of Nigeria's top designers has grown driven by her abundant talent and passion for haute couture. Her clientele includes a wide range of savvy fashion consumers both in her home country and abroad.

Ms. DaSilva-Ajayi's collections are distinguished by an eclectic fusion of art and history with many nostalgic elements reminiscent of the 1940's, '50's and '60's, yet simultaneously modern and appealing to today's contemporary woman. Her pieces include jackets, cocktail dresses, evening gowns and more.

LDA recently participated to rave reviews in Arise Fashion Week held in Johannesburg, South Africa and in THISDAY Music and Fashion Festival held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Ms. DaSilva-Ajayi's vintage-flavored designs, intricate detailing and classic silhouettes have elicited similar accolades at the various catwalks she has graced and have won her awards for excellence in her field. LDA hopes to build on her international success with the launch of a ready-to-wear line in the near future.

Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and receptions. The event is held in top venues in New York City, Dallas, Palm Beach, Florida and other selected cities and is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique branding opportunities for luxury products and services. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hong Kong:Vivienne Westwood to serve as VIP judge at YDC


The upcoming Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC) will be held in January 2010, with the overall winner earning a one-month internship at the Vivienne Westwood headquarters in London. The deadline for YDC entries is 1 September 2009.

Andreas Kronthaler, Creative Director of Vivienne Westwood, will serve as VIP judge. The event will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Four Awards will be presented at the contest: Overall Winner; Casual and Jeans Wear Group Winner; Contemporary Day Wear Group Winner; and Party and Evening Wear Group Winner.

The contest is tentatively scheduled for 19 January, with further details to be issued upon confirmation. First launched in 1977, YDC is a key event in helping the industry identify and develop young Hong Kong designers. Over the past three decades, YDC has served as a platform for launching top young local design talent. Designers such as Barney Cheng, Cecilia Yau, Pacino Wan are former YDC winners.

The contest is open to those under 35 years of age as of 1 September, 2009. Entrants must be a permanent Hong Kong resident and hold a valid HKID card. The entry form is available from 

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UK:Ernest Jones launches Italian Fope Gioielli jewellery collection


Ernest Jones, the watch and diamond specialist, has announced the launch of the new Fope Gioielli jewellery collection through a specially selected 8 stores and online only. Steeped in European glamour, Fope jewellery offers quality and style combined with a classical Italian jewellery tradition. With Ernest Jones's reputation as the UK's leading diamond and watch specialist, combined with 60 years experience, very few high street retailers are in a better position to showcase such a prestigious brand. Fope is available at Ernest Jones in Cardiff, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Swansea Quadrant, Lakeside, Merryhill and at

The Fope Gioielli collection consists of seven key lines of jewellery. Firstly, there's 'Flex-it', the most popular of Fope's jewellery lines. Simple and stylish, each Fope bracelet link holds two 18 carat gold springs.

Then we have the 'Maori' collection which takes its name from the indigenous people of New Zealand and uses the Fope Novecento medium chain as the basis of the design. The diamonds that feature throughout this popular collection resemble the decorative coloured stripes worn on the faces of Maoris when celebrating formal or sporting occasions.

Another of the Fope lines being launched through Ernest Jones is the classic 'Unica' collection. This collection features yellow, white or red 18 carat gold bracelets and collars in single, double or triple strands and available in combinations of the three colours of 18 carat gold.

Ernest Jones is also making the 'Luci' collection of Fope earrings available, which has been specifically designed to provide the ideal complement to the other lines within the Fope jewellery range, like the 'Profili' range with its large oval section Novecento mesh gold collars, bracelets and bangles.

Additionally Ernest Jones is launching the latest of the Fope jewellery collections, with 'Meridiani' providing an everyday collection of medium-sized oval Novecento chains with rings and earrings, and 'Ines' which is named after the sister of the President of Fope and uses the small round Novecento chain along with oval diamond-set motifs which decorate the designs of the necklaces, bracelets, earrings and ring.

Fope Gioielli was founded in Vicenza, Italy by Umberto Cazzola in 1929 and is now one of the world's most desirable jewellery brands.

Ernest Jones believe the launch of the Fope collection will provide a new fashionable and elegant complement to its existing range of gold and diamond jewellery and bring with it a touch of Italian creativity, love and passion.

Ernest Jones, the Diamond and Watch Specialist, has over 200 stores and a retail website. Featuring a wide range of leading brand watches and high quality jewellery, Ernest Jones also has a stunning selection of gifts for all occasions. Ernest Jones is part of Signet Jewellers Limited, the world's largest speciality retail jeweller.

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UAE:Mikimoto shares its impeccable pearl selection techniques!


Mikimoto, the legendary pearling pioneer and renowned jeweller, continues to enthrall and capture the minds and hearts of all jewellery lovers across the world with its dazzling pearls. As the originator of Cultured Pearls, Mikimoto maintains the strictest quality standards. Each pearl harvested is as different and individual as a fingerprint, making it essential to follow quality grading standards.

Impeccable standards of excellence distinguish Mikimoto’s pearls, setting them apart. Its proprietary grading system is unique and based on four factors: luster, colour, shape and surface perfection of each pearl. It utilises only the top 5% of the annual harvest. Jewellers often refer to the best pearls as being of вЂMikimoto quality’. Its pearl collections celebrate the timeless beauty of pearls in a choice selection of gold, diamonds and semi-precious stones and its pearl strands are cherished works of art.

Five physical factors determine the quality of pearls and are important to understand while buying pearls which are luster, surface perfection, colour, shape and size.

1. LUSTER - Luster is the surface glow, as well as the deep mirror-like reflection of light, or вЂinner light’. Nacre quality in cultured pearls improves the overall luster. Many even layers of nacre are required to create a highly defined spectrum of colour. Only the highest quality pearls with the best luster carry the Mikimoto name.

2. SURFACE PERFECTION - As a product of nature, tiny marks found on pearls are part of their natural texture and are proof of the genuineness of a cultured pearl. These blemishes are produced by outside sea particles and objects that find their way into the oyster and brush against the pearl. A pearl is considered more valuable when the surface imperfections are minimal.

3. COLOUR - Pearls have a wide spectrum of colours such as cream, gray, green, blue and pink but the most popular are white and pink rosГ© because these shades flatter the widest range of skin tones. Colour is based on preference, but it is always important to find a colour that is rich and evenly distributed on the pearl.

4. SHAPE - Although many shapes are available, perfectly round pearls are the rarest and most valuable. Button pearls are round on one side and flat on the opposite end. Other shapes like tear drop and baroque are also favoured because of their uniqueness.

5. SIZE - The price of a pearl is dependant on its size. As larger pearls are difficult to cultivate they are more expensive. Pearls are measured in diameter increments of millimeters (mm). The classic Akoya pearl generally ranges from 3.5mm to 10mm in size. South Sea (white, golden, or black) pearl sizes begin at 8mm and can be as large as 18mm.

So, the next time you are shopping for pearls, do look for the above qualities, to ensure вЂvalue for your money’ or just ask for Mikimoto where all the hard work is already done for you!

Mikimoto’s fabulous array of jewellery collections is available at select Damas Les Exclusives stores. 

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Monday, August 24, 2009

USA:Daniel Vosovic wins Lifetime's 'Project Runway All Star Challenge'


After battling it out in the workroom and on the catwalk, 28-year-old designer Daniel Vosovic is named the winner of Lifetime Television's two-hour special, Project Runway: All Star Challenge. The challenge brought fan favorites Chris March, Jeffrey Sebelia, Korto Momolu, Mychael Knight, Santino Rice, Sweet P Vaughn, Uli Herzner and Vosovic needle to needle as they showed off their design skills to create a "four collection look" under the watchful eye of mentor Tim Gunn. Their creations were judged by supermodel and host Heidi Klum, top fashion designer Michael Kors, fashion director for Marie Claire Magazine Nina Garcia and guest judge/designer Diane von Furstenberg.

Vosovic walks away with a $100,000 cash prize furnished by L'Oreal Paris and Garnier Fructis and the ultimate bragging rights as the Project Runway: All-Star Challenge winner. Vosovic, season two runner-up, will unveil his first collection during New York Fashion Week in February 2010 and recently published the book Fashion Inside Out which provides a thoughtful overview of the fashion design process from start to finish.

Hosted by supermodel and fashion maven Heidi Klum, the hit series Project Runway provides budding designers with an opportunity to launch their careers in fashion, under the watchful eye of mentor and Liz Claiborne Chief Creative Officer Tim Gunn. The wildly successful competition reality series has proven to be one of television's most talked about shows and was the highest-rated unscripted competition on all of cable for 2008.


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USA:Joseph Rosenfeld & AICI present 'The Truth About Men'


The Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) South Central USA Chapter is hosting an exciting education day on Saturday, September 26, 2009 with men's image and style expert Joseph Rosenfeld, AICI CIP, the first men's certified image professional in North America. Image consultants, fashion students, and retail specialists will learn many skills necessary to begin, develop or build a profitable men's image and wardrobe consulting practice.

Attendees will learn how to build an image consulting practice inclusive of male clients, to consider male clients' needs and influencers, experience successful consulting and wardrobe strategies and to prepare men's corporate presentations. Also discover what influences men, experience a mock consultation and address men's image in the workplace.

AICI South Central USA Chapter carries out the mission of AICI to educate, support and promote image professionals. AICI is the leading and largest professional association of personal and corporate image consultants worldwide.


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Japan:Under Armour launches first PebaxClear high-tech baseball shoe


Founded in 1996, Under Armour is the originator of performance apparel engineered to keep athletes cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout. Under Armour's mission is to provide the world with technically advanced apparel and footwear products, engineered with superior and innovative materials.

The new range of PebaxClear opens up a whole new scope of possibilities for athletic shoes requiring both flexibility and high performance in combination with transparency and aesthetics. Following a joint collaboration with Arkema R&D team, Pebax Clear was chosen and specified for the first time in a new high-tech baseball shoe, scheduled to be released in Japan from December 2009.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hong Kong:Shah Capital becomes largest investor in Symphony


Shah Capital Fund became the largest institutional investor in Hong Kong-based Symphony Holdings this week. Symphony Holdings is a marketer and licensor of sports and recreation footwear and apparel, with stakes in worldwide consumer brands like Pony, Haggar, Speedo, Mango, Helly Hansen, Berghaus, JFT Holdings (Toyota Tsusho) and controls about two-percent of the worldwide athletic shoe market.

"The current market conditions have created significant investment buying opportunities in China,” said Himanshu Shah, president and chief investment officer of Shah Capital Management. “As you look at markets from a global perspective, Symphony Holdings has tremendous growth opportunities and is in a premier position to be a Gateway to China for Western sports, activewear, and fashion brands.”

“We are pleased to see Shah Capital as a large investor in Symphony Holdings,” said Dr. Ting Ho, executive director of Symphony Holdings.

“We look forward to working with them in a constructive manner to enhance value for all stakeholders.

“Symphony Holdings is a tremendously undervalued franchise with many underlying operational strengths,” said Shah. “We have been following the company for more than three years, and believe fits perfectly into our investment strategy.” 

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India:Saris to be on centre-stage of global fashion wear


A project to put saris on the centre-stage of fashion wear has received an approval from World Bank. The five-stage plan has been implemented by Asian Heritage Foundation, will launch saris in global markets with a unified brand called JIYO!

The Asian Heritage Foundation will popularize 118 ways of sari draping, apart from imbibing the modern designs. The JIYO brand will also comprise furnishings, handicrafts, health and food products.

About 20 JIYO! clusters, covering over 20,000 artisans will be set up in 4-5 states including Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh. The nationwide campaign that intends to bring the glory of saris back, will also involve celebrities, who will endorse the saris.

The weavers will receive assistance from designers of international repute, who will polish up their skills, so that it can meet global consumer expectations. The sari will perfectly fit in the modern scheme of fashion, pointed out, Ms. Rita Kapoor Chisti, who is an expert herself in sari making in India.

While interacting with handloom weavers from traditional sari making areas in Andhra Pradesh, she said, “If somebody wants to show off, she can do it in style in saris”, but was also saddened by the extinction of the few popular sari-making crafts.

The Asian Heritage Foundation also has planned out a biannual international collection of saris, named вЂ1001 Saris’, along with Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF). To attain this objective, clusters in different parts of the country will be identified by the lead teams.

Indian saris have huge demand in the market, but in order to meet requirements, the designs, only need to be changed, said an expert.

As part of the initiative, the foundation will work with the weavers in places recognized for designs, such as Srikalahasti, Pochampally, Uppada, Ponduru, Siddipet and Dharmavaram.

Alike initiatives are also being framed out to popularize handicrafts and ethnic foods of Andhra Pradesh at national and international levels.

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Germany:GLOBAL SHOES back on course for growth


GLOBAL SHOES – leading trade show for sourcing is back on course for growth. After the global economic climate put another clear damper on the fair in March exhibitors are now returning to Düsseldorf. Some 380 of them will feature in Hall 8a and 8b of the Düsseldorf exhibition centre from 11 to 13 September.Comparedwith the previous year’s event this still constitutes a drop of 15% but over the March event an impressive 34% plus.

GLOBAL SHOES therefore once again underlines its significance as a leading fair for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and volume suppliers. Joint stand exhibitors from such countries as Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore have opted for Düsseldorf again this season after dipping out of the March eventdue to the world economic crisis. India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE) is now also recommending its shoe manufacturers to participate at GLOBAL SHOES again.

“After a turbulent start to the year the situation in the world footwear business appears to have settled a little.Many producersare looking to the future more optimistically again,” explains Kirstin Deutelmoser, Director at GLOBAL SHOES. “We are obviously delighted that our exhibitors are opting for Düsseldorf again. Manufacturers who have otherwise hung back with trade fair participations are showcasing their products at GLOBAL SHOES. But they know they can do real business in Düsseldorf because all key European volume buyers attend the fair.”

The fair’s around 380 exhibitors from 21 countries will again be presenting a wide range of women’s, men’s, children’s and sports shoes through to casual and wellness footwear. Commenting on this Kirstin Deutelmoser says: “GLOBAL SHOES is a representative reflection of the volume market business. Virtually all key suppliers will be attending in September.” Strong market suppliers include the likes of Novo Model Scoop (Israel), Michel X (Hong Kong), Cortina China, Studio 56 and Allied Champion (all from China), JC Concept and A&A Mad Mad (both from Malaysia), Eurowind (Taiwan), Euromax (France) and RAM Fashion (India).

The forthcoming GDS – International Event for Shoes & Accessoriesand GLOBAL SHOES – leading trade show for sourcing will be held at the DГјsseldorf Exhibition Centre from 11 to 13 September 2009.A total of 1,145 exhibitors from 42 countries will be presenting their latest shoe and bag collections (correct as of:20/08/2009).On show at GDS will be 1,800 collections for Spring/Summer 2010 plus trends for the current season. 

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Brazil:Consuls Project to take personalized information about Couromoda


One of the most ambitious in initiatives of Couromoda is the Consuls Project that will that will take to the footwear retail market in all the States of Brazil and countries in Latin America information on Couromoda 2010.

They are 27 commercial representatives of the footwear and accessories, with full knowledge of the Brazilian retail market that will take personally the message about the fair; anticipated information, tips about the market, travelling packages and plenty information will be conveyed in a clear and personalized format.

In Latin America, the program will be focused in markets such as those in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Peru.

With this project, Couromoda is enhancing the important relation of confidence and professionalism between commercial representatives and retail clients; in addition, it offers the whole market more and better business and growth opportunities.  

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UAE:Fashion Arabia features 15 runway shows


Fashion Expo Arabia and Shoe & Leather Fair Middle East present over 500 companies, brands and designers at ADNEC – Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 26 - 28 October 2009.

A selection of exhibitors include: A.N.C.I. Servizi Srl - Italian Footwear Manufacturers Association - Aanchal Chanda – Abhishek - Akhesa - Alas de Icaro, S.L. - Aleanto Collezioni s.r.l. - Aleph Trade - Artisan Life Ltd - Ayyappa Enterprises – Balizza - Barcarola – Baruni Couture - Barutti - Berkemann - Blue Lotus - Bright Lady - Bugatti - Calonge - Calzados Firos Italianos S.A. de C.V. - Carla Ruiz – Carolina Fabrics Ltd - Carrybag Paris - Carta e Costura - Casa Moda – Casa Mondo - Children's Fashion Europe - Colettee Enterprises Pte Ltd - Costas Faliakos - Cuadra - DAJA AG - Daniel Hechter by Erich Rohde GMBH - Erifilli Nikolopoulou - F.A.P. Italia Srl - Falah Handicrafts - Fashion Group - Fashionmatica srl - Fitz Made in Italy - Fitzroy S.R.L. - France Mode - Franco Cuadra - Frango Nicolas - Gaspard Yurkievich - Golda - Groupe PHL - Hamlet Designer S.r.l. - HCM Exports - HEPO SA - Hit at Joe - HSY Hassan Sheheryar Yasin - IHS International Ltd. - Industria de Colcados Wirth Ltda.

- Ines De Castilho - International Trade Agency Jaap Rijnbende - Kurt Rommelfanger GmbH - Italian Trade Commission - J. Arggido - Jakabel Ltd - Jessica Halabi - Jolie Dame - Kali Orea - Karen Ritzi - Katrims Industrial Co. Ltd - Kennel und Schmenger Schuhfabrik GmbH – Ki.Ko - Klass Act (Outlets) Ltd T/A Kurt Muller - Kyri Retail Ltd - Lady's Fashion Co. Ltd Fortune Eternity Int'l Ttrading (H.K) Co. Ltd – La Villa Moda - Larioseta Spa - Lawung Ltd - M/S Naseeb Fashions - Mantola Couture – Marieta - Melina Pispa - Millstream Clothing Company Pvt. Ltd - S.r.l. – Nexus Trading - Only For U Designs Pvt Ltd – Paolo Santini - Parchbeck - Peter Kaiser - Pulicati Pelleterie Di Pulicati Carlo - Quiet Riot – Rabi Z - Raidy Boer – Reynu Taandon - Ro. Di. Group s.r.l. - Rocio Ltd - Rohde by Erich Rohde GMBH - Roseleaf Lingerie Ltd - Sakina M'Sa - Samson SAS - Sara Triana - Sarl Cuir Pistache – Sartori Sartori - Sharin – Sohad Accouri - Sorelle - Sotto Voce Accessories - Souk Khan Al-Kh

alili Co. - Spinel - Strenesse - Studio M Due Barbara Pedini - SugaPlum – SUUF - Swarovski Middle East Fze - Swati Exim Pvt. Ltd - TekStyle Magazine Alf Agency Ad & Pr – Tina Salomone - Toby - Unique Collection - Viyolet Tekstil Konfeksiyon Sanayi Ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi – Vogue International - WES Worldwide - Woongjin - Yes Virginia - Yin Made in Italy – Zufi Alexander and many more.......

Join leading international companies in this exciting trade exhibition featuring over 5,000 qualified buyers from accross the Middle East.

Fashion Arabia also features 15 runway shows presenting internationally acclaimed designers from Europe and The Middle East. 

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Singapore:Nuance-Watson & SK-II launch Skin Signature Series


Nuance-Watson (Singapore) and prestigious skincare brand SK-II launched the Skin Signature Series with with a mega promotion that started on June 30.

The six week promotion for the worldwide travel retail exclusive generated nearly USD 1 million in sales despite a recessionary period with passenger numbers on the decline. Sales far exceeded expectations and achieved a remarkable growth versus last year. This is the second time Nuance-Watson (Singapore) and SK-II have successfully teamed up for a global initiative of this sort.

The SK-II Skin Signature Series with Oli-Vityl and its three-step beauty regimen helps enhance one’s skin power, i.e. the skin’s natural ability to withstand stress and maintain its texture, radiance and firmness for sustainable beauty from within.

Skin Signature Moisturizer, an essential moisturiser, is the first step to boosting one’s skin power from within with its powerful cocktail of Oli-Vityl, Signaline and Pitera. Delivering a dose of actives to amplify skin power is Skin Signature 3D Refining Mask, a unique two-piece stretchable mask. The line-up further includes Skin Signature Cream-in Foundation that providesa beautiful finish for skin while working on enhancing skin power.

This latest break-through technology series was launched togetherwith the brand’s award-winning Facial Treatment Essence in all of Nuance-Watson (Singapore) Perfumes + Cosmetics stores with massive visibility in terms of store display and communication. As expected, the Skin Signature Series was purchased largely by locals and mainland Chinese whose purchases accounted for more than half of the promotion’s total sales.

Quite effortlessly, SK-II maintained a stronghold on its No. 1 ranking in the cosmetics category in July with the successful introduction of this Skin Signature Series. Says Jorge Rodriguez,Category Manager of Nuance-Watson Singapore, “We were apprehensive initially as there was no leverage on any PR campaign since this was a worldwide launch exclusively with us. Traffic was also weak because of the recession. But we decided to go for it and we are definitely glad we did!” 

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hong Kong:New boutique from Nuance-Watson & Bally at HKIA


Nuance-Watson (Hong Kong) and Bally have jointly unveiled the newly refurbished Bally boutique at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) located in Terminal 1 East Hall. The boutique offers customers the full range of men’s and women’s shoes, bags and ready to wear, all designed by Bally Creative Director Brian Atwood renowned for bringing Bally’s rich heritage up to date with stylish, modern allure.

The new Bally store concept supports the principle of creating effortlessly elegant spaces that evoke a sense of sophisticated calm. The natural colour palette of the Bally store plays with the contrast of light and dark surfaces and textures. Brushed bronze displays featuring smoked mirror backdrops are punctuated with sumptuous flint suede shelves and platforms; beautifully showcasing the product. Natural oak hardwood floors are enhanced by rich brown velvet rugs with leather trim. Soft natural boucle fabric sofas, low leather tables with and small square table lamps are used to create a welcoming setting that ensures a truly memorable shopping experience.

The new store was officially opened by Ms. Alessandra Piovesana, Nuance-Watson (HK) Regional Managing Director, North Asia; Mr. Mimmo Mariottini, Bally Global Travel Retail Director; Ms. Eva Tsang, Airport Authority HK General Manager, Retail & AdvertisingBusiness; and Ms. Clarice Au, Nuance-Watson (HK) General Manager,Operations.

In conjunction with the celebration of the boutique re-opening, a special exhibition of Bally’s 19th century archive shoes, all specially brought in from Switzerland, is running in store until mid of September 2009. It offers a wonderful and rare opportunityfor airport customers to see these truly remarkable displays for the first time in any airport in Asia. Debuting with the grand opening event, there was also a sneak preview of Bally’s new Autumn / Winter Collection.

Ms. Alessandra Piovesana said, “We take pride to have establishedBally as one of the all-time best-selling mainstream luxury labels at HKIA and have been meeting our customers’ expectatioinsever since we introduced the brand in 1998. The winning of the new luxury boutique concession among severe competition reflects the commercial success of the brand and it was the best reward of the past ten years of our hard work and dedication to growing the brand at HKIA, with the support of Bally and the Airport Authority. We are committed to continue to satisfying customers in partnership with Bally and ascertain the best exposure and return for the brand at our airport.”

Nuance-Watson (HK) and Bally have enjoyed a long and fruitful working relationship which dated back to the premiere of the brand at HKIA in 1998. Over the years, Nuance-Watson (HK) has achieved remarkable sales performance for Bally. Today, the Bally boutique at HKIA is No. 1 in sales among all Bally travel retail stores worldwide. The new boutique underlines both companies’ commitment in growing the business at HKIA and surpassing travelers’ expectations in airport shopping enjoyment. 

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Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), announced the much awaited list of designers showcasing their collection at the first annual вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’ to be held from September 11–13, 2009 at The Grand, New Delhi. Designers will be invited to cover the widest range of men’s fashion – menswear and accessories, under one roof, affording buyers and consumers the widest possible selection of fashion for men. The вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’ promises to be a world class event showcasing the very best of Indian talent.

The list of designers is a combination of both established and emerging names across India who will market Indian Men’s Fashion to domestic and international buyers, fashion enthusiasts, media and other industry stakeholders.

The biggest fashion trade event for men will showcase collections of 28 designers on the runway and in the stalls over a span of three action packed days. With a total of 15 shows, the вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’ promises to display the very best of Indian men’s fashion industry under one roof at one point in time.

Announcing the names of the participating designers for the вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’, Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “Designers are the core of the fashion industry and play an important role in shaping fashion trends in India. We have received an overwhelming response from the designers who want to participate in the Van Heusen India Mens Week. An eminent jury has drawn up a list consisting of both reputed and budding designers who have the right blend of creativity and commercial viability. I wish all the participating designers the very best as they gear up to participate at the first ever вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’”.

We are extremely happy that India’s best designers have come together for the Van Heusen India Mens Week. It promises to be an excellent forum to showcase talent and creativity in men’s fashion for established and upcoming designers. Van Heusen is committed to building a strong bridge between Indian designers and a legion of brand conscious consumer. We believe the VHIMW will position the brand clearly in the Men’s fashion space.” said Mr Shital Mehta, Chief Operating Office, Van Heusen.

Participating designers:
1. Abraham & Thakore
2. ANKY m
3. Ashish N Soni
4. Aslam Khan
5. Ezma
6. Fightercock by Abhishek Gupta & Nandita Basu
7. Gaurav Gupta
8. Gunjan & Rahul
9. Himmat Singh
10. JJ Valaya
11. Kotwara by Meera & Muzaffar Ali
12. Manoviraj Khosla
13. Narendra Kumar Ahmed
14. Nitin Bal Chauhan
15. Priyadarshini Rao
16. Rajesh Pratap Singh
17. Rajvi Mohan
18. Ravi Bajaj
19. Rina Dhaka
20. Rocky S
21. Rohit Bal
22. Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna
23. Samant Chauhan
24. Shantanu & Nikhil
25. Siddartha Tytler
26. Tarun Tahiliani
27. Vijay Arora
28. Zubair Kirmani

Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Van Heusen are set to change the dynamics of the Indian fashion landscape, with the first seriously exclusive fashion week JUST for men. FDCI made the formal announcement of its first annual вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’ and unveiled the logo of the forthcoming event recently. This was followed by auditions to identify and shortlist Male models to walk the ramp at the first вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’. The вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’ positions India as the 4th Fashion Capital of the World to host an independent Men’s Week.

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India:FDCI to showcase 28 of India's best designers @ VHIMW


Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), announced the much awaited list of designers showcasing their collection at the first annual вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’ to be held from September 11–13, 2009 at The Grand, New Delhi. Designers will be invited to cover the widest range of men’s fashion – menswear and accessories, under one roof, affording buyers and consumers the widest possible selection of fashion for men. The вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’ promises to be a world class event showcasing the very best of Indian talent.

The list of designers is a combination of both established and emerging names across India who will market Indian Men’s Fashion to domestic and international buyers, fashion enthusiasts, media and other industry stakeholders.

The biggest fashion trade event for men will showcase collections of 28 designers on the runway and in the stalls over a span of three action packed days. With a total of 15 shows, the вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’ promises to display the very best of Indian men’s fashion industry under one roof at one point in time.

Announcing the names of the participating designers for the вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’, Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “Designers are the core of the fashion industry and play an important role in shaping fashion trends in India. We have received an overwhelming response from the designers who want to participate in the Van Heusen India Mens Week. An eminent jury has drawn up a list consisting of both reputed and budding designers who have the right blend of creativity and commercial viability. I wish all the participating designers the very best as they gear up to participate at the first ever вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’”.

We are extremely happy that India’s best designers have come together for the Van Heusen India Mens Week. It promises to be an excellent forum to showcase talent and creativity in men’s fashion for established and upcoming designers. Van Heusen is committed to building a strong bridge between Indian designers and a legion of brand conscious consumer. We believe the VHIMW will position the brand clearly in the Men’s fashion space.” said Mr Shital Mehta, Chief Operating Office, Van Heusen.

Participating designers:
1. Abraham & Thakore
2. ANKY m
3. Ashish N Soni
4. Aslam Khan
5. Ezma
6. Fightercock by Abhishek Gupta & Nandita Basu
7. Gaurav Gupta
8. Gunjan & Rahul
9. Himmat Singh
10. JJ Valaya
11. Kotwara by Meera & Muzaffar Ali
12. Manoviraj Khosla
13. Narendra Kumar Ahmed
14. Nitin Bal Chauhan
15. Priyadarshini Rao
16. Rajesh Pratap Singh
17. Rajvi Mohan
18. Ravi Bajaj
19. Rina Dhaka
20. Rocky S
21. Rohit Bal
22. Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna
23. Samant Chauhan
24. Shantanu & Nikhil
25. Siddartha Tytler
26. Tarun Tahiliani
27. Vijay Arora
28. Zubair Kirmani

Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Van Heusen are set to change the dynamics of the Indian fashion landscape, with the first seriously exclusive fashion week JUST for men. FDCI made the formal announcement of its first annual вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’ and unveiled the logo of the forthcoming event recently. This was followed by auditions to identify and shortlist Male models to walk the ramp at the first вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’. The вЂVan Heusen India Mens Week’ positions India as the 4th Fashion Capital of the World to host an independent Men’s Week.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

USA:Williamson-Dickie & Daystone conclude licensing deal


Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. and Daystone International announced the completion of their licensing partnership. For nine years, Daystone International held the license for Dickies fashion headwear, caps and cold weather knit headwear.

Daystone International, a wholly owned subsidiary of San Sun Hat and Cap Co. Ltd, has been a strong licensee for Dickies. The company will continue to fulfill Dickies licensed orders through 2009. Daystone International will also continue operations in Atlanta through December 2009. Following that, the company’s new headquarters will be located in Roselle, IL, a suburb of Chicago.

Dickies is not currently accepting proposals for a new licensing partner in headwear and cold weather accessories.

Since its beginnings in Fort Worth, Texas in 1922, the Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company has grown from a humble manufacturer of bib overalls into a global brand powerhouse, with DICKIES work pants, shirts, denim, outerwear, school uniforms, outdoor gear, medical and chefs apparel and an extensive licensing program offering sturdy head-to-toe clothing options for hardworking men and women of all ages, professions, regions and interests.

Daystone is a worldwide manufacturer and importer of a wide variety of caps including fully decorated and blank products for retail and advertising specialty channels 

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