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US shipping data shows apparel import shift from China

China's share of US imports is declining in labor-intensive goods such as footwear and apparel,

Closing The Loop: Companies Making New Products from Recycled Textile Waste

The average American trashes an astonishing sixty-five pounds of textiles every year, adding up to 13.1 million tons overall – yet all those ripped and worn-out clothes, linens and other used fabrics could be transformed into beautiful new products.

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Textiles Reuse and Recycling

Textiles Are So Much More Than Just Clothes! 

 
  • Textiles Reuse and Recycling
    Textiles Reuse and Recycling
    Textiles Are So Much More Than Just Clothes! 
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    Closing The Loop: Companies Making New Products from Recycled Textile Waste
    The average American trashes an astonishing sixty-five pounds of textiles every year, adding up to 13.1 million tons overall – yet all those ripped and worn-out clothes, linens and other used fabrics could be transformed into beautiful new products.
  • Building a Business Wardrobe From the Bottom Up
    Building a Business Wardrobe From the Bottom Up
    While blue jeans and T-shirts may have served you well in college, if you want to command respect, look like a professional, and impress your boss, you’ll need to make some major changes in your daily attire once you make the move into the working world. That prospect can seem…
  • This Man Wants to Clothe the Planet
    This Man Wants to Clothe the Planet
    TADASHI YANAI, FOUNDER OF THE GLOBAL clothing retailer Uniqlo, is on the other end of a videoconference screen. From his Tokyo office, Yanai-san speaks enthusiastically about Uniqlo's innovative fabrics. "Americans believe cotton is best," he says, "but we've invented new fabrics that will change your lifestyle." First, Yanai marvels over…
  • Nike Mercurial Vapor 8 Delivers Explosive Speed
    Nike Mercurial Vapor 8 Delivers Explosive Speed
    Re-engineered for even better performance and striking design
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ACIMIT’S VIDEO ON ITALIAN SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES IS NOW ON-LINE
ACIMIT’S VIDEO ON ITALIAN SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES IS NOW ON-LINE
At the press conference held by ACIMIT and the ICE – the Italian Trade Agency, at the ITMA ASIA trade fair event in Shanghai on 17 June, ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) presented its video promoting the progress being achieved by its members in the field of…
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Urban Masala Offers Metropolitan Style
New York Fashion Week represents a melting pot of conceptual fashion ideas shared not only in a country of mixed cultures, but the city itself has profoundly mixed cultural roots. This is why the fashion line Urban Masala is so apropos for metropolitan markets such as New York.
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Keys to incorporating mobile into marketing strategy in Thailand
Digital marketing has become mainstream.  Many decision makers view online marketing now as an advantage especially with many businesses considering this medium an essential part of promoting their presence.  However, a traditional web presence is no longer enough especially with more consumers adopting mobile in their daily lives.  
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  • 48th Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017
    48th Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017
    Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017 held for 48th time during 16-19 January 2017 recently at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre hosted by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) under the theme "Hall of Games" with new featured zones Fashionable Sportswear and Denim & Casual Wear welcomed more than 15,000 visitors from  77 countries and regions.  
  • Fashionally #6
    Fashionally #6
    FASHIONALLY COLLECTION #6 launched a collection of women’s wear for the 2016 fall/winter season, with participating designers including 112mountainyam (designer: Mountain Yam), Blind by JW (designer: Walter Kong, Jessica Lau), Effie Hung, FromClothingOf (designer: Shirley Wong), HANG (designer: Mim Mak), KEVIN HO, Lapeewee (designer: Yannes Wong), and SHERMAN KWAN in Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2016 during January 18-21.   (1) Mountain Yam (www.mountainyam.com) graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in fashion design. He was an exchange student at the Fashion Institute of Technologies (FIT) in New York and an…
  • 47th Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2016
    47th Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2016
    The 47th Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter ended its four-day run at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre today. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the fair (18-21 January) attracted nearly 18,000 buyers from 93 countries and regions.
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    Fashionally #5
    FASHIONALLY COLLECTION #5 MENSWEAR displayed menswear for the 2016 fall/winter season, with participating designers including DEMO (designer: Derek Chan), kenaxleung, KURT HO and MODEMENT (designer: Aries Sin) in recent Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2016 during January 18-21.   (1) Derek Chan (www.demofashion.com) is a YDC (Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest)  finalist in 2012. Straddling both science and artistic spirit, Derek finds his balance in both sides. Contemporary Classic” is his new formula for fashion. His design is balanced between classic style with modern adjustments. DEMO. means a DEMONSTRATION of fashion by one’s character. Derek believes that fashion…
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Yingluck backs US initiatives

22 Nov 11 ,  The Nation
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Asean ends forum highlighted by Burma's re-emergence; PM backs US non-proliferation drive, TPP trade pact


The 19th Asean Summit and related events ended yesterday evening, with the highlights including Burma's success in winning chairmanship for the 2014 summit, the unsolved South China Sea territorial conflict, and the US' high-profile presence as a new member of the East Asia Summit.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the summit host, chaired the closing ceremony with the presence of other leaders of Association of Southeast Asian Nations at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre.

There was also the handover ceremony of Asean chairmanship to Cambodia, which is to host the 20th summit next year on the theme of "Asean: One community, one destiny".

Yudhoyono, at the final press conference after the summit's completion, allayed concern Asean's centrality would be affected with the participation of global powers like the US and Russia in the EAS, which now has 18 members including regional powers like China, Japan, and Australia.

"I can assure you that Asean will always play a central role. We establish the agenda, we establish the direction," he said. "I do not see any reduced role of Asean."

The Indonesian leader also said every country has its own national interest. "But when the countries are united, there's common interest, mutual interest," he added.

Asean Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan was one who made concern about reduced centrality.

In a separate press briefing in Bali, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Burma to show its sincerity now in implementing political reforms -- a condition for becoming Asean chair in 2014.

Ban said the United Nations welcomed Asean's decision to grant the grouping's chairmanship to Burma in 2014.

Meanwhile, Thailand will join the US sponsored Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) to stop trafficking of weapons of mass destruction, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told US President Barack Obama in Bali yesterday.

The country is also keen on joining the US-initiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new free trade agreement, which currently has 9 member countries, according to foreign minister Surapong Towichukchaikul.

Regarding the PSI, Prime Minister Yingluck was quoted as saying: "We will soon discuss this matter in the Cabinet before formally announcing our support for PSI.

Yingluck yesterday held a meeting with the US president for 30 minutes on the sidelines of the Asean summit.

Obama told Yingluck he was confident in her government and fully supported Thailand as the country has returned to full democracy.

Yingluck kicked off the high-profile meeting with the US President with the issue of US concern about weapons of mass destruction, as it was anticipated Obama would welcome the news. Washington has tried to convince Thailand to join the PSI for some time.

Launched by George W Bush's administration in 2003, the PSI is now endorsed by 98 nations around the world although some countries in Asia, such as India, China, Indonesia and Malaysia, have expressed opposition.

Previous Thai governments were reluctant to join the initiative, as security agencies feared legal consequences from its implementation, Surapong said.

Thai security officials raised concern that they may face lawsuits if a search for weapons of mass destruction posed damage to the private sector, he said.

Foreign Minister Surapong, who also attended the meeting with the US president, said he called a meeting to review Thailand's position on the PSI on November 14 and found that such worries were not serious and opera?tional officials could avoid legal difficulties. Weapons of mass destruction were more dangerous than concerns about lawsuits that officials might face, he said. If Cabinet approved the move, Thailand would join, he said.

Yingluck also told the US President that Thailand would like to join the Washington-initiated Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), Surapong said.

The US and eight other countries are in the multilateral free-trade agreement, including four Asean states - Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

But Surapong said Thailand may need a bit longer to study the free-trade scheme, as it has many conditions and details that might affect domestic industries and the Thai economy.

While studying the TPP, Thailand would enhance cooperation in trade and investment between the two countries, he said. There would be efforts toward closer relations between Thai and American business communities, he said.

Some American companies were affected by the flood disaster in Thailand, but Yingluck told Obama her government would take care of them and help them to recover from the damage, Surapong said.

Beside bilateral affairs, Yingluck and Obama discussed political developments in neighbouring Burma, as the US wants to see Thailand played the role of a coordinator to help Burma carry out reforms towards democracy and national reconciliation.

Thailand was ready to do the job and ensured the US that the country would continue providing shelter for refugees from Burma on a humanitarian basis and would prepare them to be ready if they wanted to return to their homeland some day, Surapong said.