May 9, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- As Bangladesh struggles to improve its dismal industrial safety record after a massive building collapse last month, another garment industry disaster has raised new cries for reform. Shortly before midnight Wednesday, a fire swept through a garment factory in the capital Dhaka, killing eight people including its managing director and a top police official. Initial reports suggested that the fire in the 11-story building was caused by a short circuit on the second floor that spread to the third and fourth floors, where the factory was located.
May 6, 2013 |
Say there's a concert scheduled at a major Los Angeles venue, but that managers smell gas in the air before the show goes on. Chances are that they will cancel the event and take a loss out of an abundance of caution, said Dov Charney, chief executive of local clothing company American Apparel. But the same steps weren't taken last month, when a garment factory in Bangladesh crumpled soon after workers complained of cracks appearing in the walls, Charney said. More than 600 people died in the collapse, according to several reports.
April 22, 2013 |
Actor Matthew McConaughey will launch a new clothing line called JKL . McConaughey partnered with Canadian-based Grand National Apparel on the mainly sportswear-based collection. A portion of the sales from JKL will go to benefit McConaughey's charity the just keep livin foundation, which supports after-school fitness and wellness programs at inner-city schools. [ Yahoo ] Macy's has launched a new Keds apparel line at Macy's stores nationwide and online at Macys.com and Keds.com.
April 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer prices slid in March after spiking in the prior month as gasoline prices fell back - the latest indication that inflation remains subdued despite the Federal Reserve's continued action to pump billions of dollars into the financial system. The consumer price index, seasonally adjusted, sank 0.2% last month from February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday. The drop was bigger than some analysts expected and followed an unusually steep monthly increase of 0.7% in February.
March 12, 2013 |
The glass-walled Melrose Avenue space, halfway between the budget apparel shops to the east and swanky haute couture salons to the west, wasn't where one would normally go looking for JCPenney. But the hip shopping strip is where discount chain J.C. Penney Co. chose to launch a temporary pop-up store last week in celebration of its new collaboration with popular Canadian apparel brand Joe Fresh. At the opening soiree, the languid beats of Frank Ocean's "Super Rich Kids" played over the clink of champagne glasses.
March 6, 2013 |
It's been more than 30 years since reggae superstar Bob Marley died of cancer, but the Jamaican musician continues to enjoy broad cultural resonance. Marley's songs and merchandise sales rank him alongside other late musical greats including the king of pop, Michael Jackson, and the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, according to Forbes magazine. The sustained popularity of Marley -- who wore his hair long in the dreadlocks favored by the Rastafarians and espoused a life philosophy that the world could be united through "one love" -- has attracted new deals with Creative Artists Agency and giant music merchandising company Bravado.
February 20, 2013 |
Snail mail is fast going out of style. How is the U.S. Postal Service trying to stay hip? By launching a fashion line. The quasi-government agency, which is struggling financially and recently announced plans to stop delivering letters on Saturdays, said this week that it will start a line of clothing and accessories. The collection, to be called “Rain Heat & Snow,” will be made through a license agreement with Cleveland-based apparel firm Wahconah Group Inc. The Postal Service will not incur any cost and will collect royalties from sales, according to USPS spokesman Roy A. Betts.
February 7, 2013 |
Retailers got a much-needed boost in January after a lackluster holiday shopping season, using post-holiday clearance deals to lure cagey consumers worried about higher payroll taxes. H&M's coupon for 30% off this week drew Toluca Lake payroll accountant Katy Genovese to the store at the Americana at Brand shopping center. She walked out with a $20 dress and $30 in shirts. Genovese, 57, and her shopping partner, Lori Berlanga, 45, said they spent January hitting up malls for bargains that are increasingly plentiful and longer-lasting.
February 5, 2013 |
Jaclyn Shanfeld moves from garment to garment with the unbridled joy of a little girl rummaging in her mother's closet. From the "wall of Chanel" Shanfeld retrieves a light pink and lavender jacket that once fetched $3,200 but was priced for resale at $750. She shows off the unmarked soles of a pair Nicholas Kirkwood boots, originally purchased for $1,500 that are now offered for $700. She unveils a sheer black, sleeveless Alaia gown bought for a special occasion - but never worn.
December 5, 2012 |
Dov Charney is no stranger to controversy, but a new lawsuit accuses the American Apparel chief executive of very strange behavior indeed, including choking and rubbing dirt into the face of a former Malibu store manager. In the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Michael Bumblis, the former manager, said he was wrongly fired for complaining about Charney through company channels. Bumblis said the problems with the CEO started in April, when Charney accused him of working for a rival retailer at a recent industry convention, according to the lawsuit.