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II (March 2006)
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First Country Joins CAFTA
Crossing the finish line first doesn’t earn
El Salvador a gold medal
By Deborah Belgum
Senior Editor Apparel news net
apparel company in El Salvador imports fabric from Honduras or Guatemala— which
haven’t officially joined CAFTA but are still CBTPA members— that apparel from
El Salvador does not have duty-free status when entering the United States. If
El Salvador were still a member of CBTPA, that apparel would enter the United
States without paying any tariffs.
With U.S. textile duties averaging
around 16 percent, that is a big dent in clothing companies’ profit margins.
Last year, El Salvador exported nearly $2 billion in goods to the United States,
nearly all of which was clothing. “This is crazy,” said Jonathan Fee, a customs
attorney in Washington, D.C., who deals with many textile issues. “Everyone
wanted a seamless transition between CBTPA and CAFTA, and they’re not getting
2006 Summer Internship Program
[TC]² Announces 2006 Summer Internship Program
February 15, 2006
[TC]²’s highly acclaimed student
internship study program for rising seniors in apparel and textile management
programs at U.S. universities is being re-established this year. Commencing May
30th, the eight week program will include seminars and hands-on training in
various subjects including lean manufacturing concepts, sourcing, pattern
development and grading, merchandising, product costing, seams and stitches
classifications, and much more. The main focus areas will include Supply
Chain Strategies, Product Development, and Business Planning.
Eighty interns participated in
similar programs from 1989 to 2000, and many of these individuals are still
active in the industry in various capacities. The selected students for 2006
will receive paid travel to Cary, NC, housing, and a stipend during the course
of the eight-week internship. Final selection will be made by the AAFA Human
Resources Leadership Council. Deadline for application submission is March
15th. To obtain an application, contact Karen Davis at 919.380.2177, or
use this form.
Reality TV is driving fashion
Industry thriving on publicity, adding mass market appeal
- Reality television is turning the fashion world inside out,
reshaping it for mass market appeal.
These days, fashion programming
covers everything from ordinary folks buying pants that fit, to models, makeup
artists and designers revealing backstage secrets, and experts advising how to
dress like a star on a secretary's budget.
"It's voracious, the appetite of the
public. What was once just a small industry that got a little bit of press has
grown up. I do think in part that has to do with reality television," says Stacy
London, co-host of TLC's popular makeover series, "What Not to Wear."
"I feel like TV itself is responsible
for the sophistication of the mass merchandise out there," says designer Isaac
Mizrahi, host of Style's "Isaac" talk show and E!'s "Live from the Red Carpet."
Meanwhile, scripted TV is affecting
fashion less than it did back in the days of "Dynasty" or "Miami Vice" because
the shows are produced weeks, even months before they air. Today's ever-changing
styles can easily overtake that lag, with excess exposure almost making them
`out' before they are truly `in.'
Besides, most people probably don't
want to dress like a "CSI" lab worker or a Boston lawyer. "Sex and the City,"
where trendy New Yorkers mixed-and-matched designer chic with off-the-rack funk,
was probably the last scripted show to have fashion clout.
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NEW products at Scovill
Duramark™ Washer Style Burrs
in both round and irregular shapes.
Wide size range:
Ligne sizes 15, 18, 24, 27, 32
1902 Tubular Rivet, 8697 (copper 5067 Rivet)
location Clarkesville: 15L
regular round washer, logo can be stamped on both sides §18L, 24L, 27L, 32L TBRJ
style, round, raised center, stamped on one side only.
location China/Sourced: Other shapes and sizes available upon development.
methods: Manual, Semi-automatic and automatic machines.
machines: Automatic feed unit available for 15L washer burr and all TBRJ style
limitations: Please refer to pinch chart issued by QC
check with Angela Savage for pricing
Modified Nipple Burr
is cylinder shaped instead of coned shaped on our traditional 783 burr
Bulb hole entrance
on burr is large
Rim on bottom of
flange is shorter than 783
Ligne size: 15
5067 rivet onl
Basic pinch: .180”
Base Metal: Brass
methods: Manual, Semi-automatic and automatic machines.
7057-6U-15 SA with die # 66256
Limitations: Please refer to pinch chart issued by QC
Ring Sockets provide a smoother, more consistent snap
action than segmented
sockets. Repeated snaps have a minimal affect on snap action as opposed to
segmented sockets that significantly weaken after the first few snaps.
sockets are more durable than traditional segmented
sockets. The protected ring is not as exposed to elements that can affect snap
Klikit unique design allows for a greater range
of applications and foundations - up to 20% thicker than segmented sockets.
Klikit capped prong and socket combination
exceed the CPSC and European standards by 25%.
Klkit is produced by Scovill in our own factory
to exacting standards.
Klikit offers a complete line of standard
snap products which are available in a Nickel Free finish.
High-end garment brand owners, retailer and manufacturers.
Producers interested in offering top quality snap fasteners on their garments.
Niche manufacturers such as boutique and design shops