Thursday, October 9, 2014

Another Scarf Recalled Over Threat of Flammability

Sheen and light, these stylish women’s 100% silk scarves pose an unfortunate burn risk and have therefore been the latest subject of an apparel product recall. 

This being the second case of enforcement of the law governing the non-flammability of wearing apparel in just a few months, it suggests that government oversight of products violating the federal flammability standard is on the rise.

Measuring 72 inches long by 20 inches wide, the scarves were made in China and sold by specialty boutiques worldwide and online at from August 2012 to August 2014.  Consumers should stop wearing them and contact Zazou Scarves to return them for a full refund.

More information on this recall can be found here.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Busted for its Caffeinated Undergarment? Don’t Stretch the Truth About Shapewear

Ever hear of cellulite slimming leggings made of fabric infused with caffeine to metabolize fat?  Me neither!  

(Photo courtesy of FTC)

Nevertheless, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the iPant AntiCellulite Shapewear by Wacoal advertised such benefits of this garment as follows:

"Novarel Slim microfiber incorporates microcapsules containing caffeine, retinol, ceramides and other active principles that improve skin’s appearance and control cellulite.  The caffeine activates microcirculation and speeds up the breakdown of fat. The active principles are released during the garment’s use, providing a permanent anti-cellulite effect."

The recommended use of 8 hours a day for 28 days further purported that test results indicated a reduction in thigh measurement, however, according to the FTC, such test results were merely based on “two unblended, uncontrolled trials with serious methodical flaws,” and was therefore considered deceptive advertising by the FTC.

The result?  $1.3 million in fines. OUCH!

Thinking about making a statement about your product that may be stretching the truth?  Steer clear of it and check out for more information on the making of truthful claims.

For more on the Wacoal case and another lingerie retailer facing FTC scrutiny for its questionable shapewear claims, check out the article here.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Want to Serve on a New Trade Advisory Committee to Africa?

A call for applications has been made for a team of advisors to facilitate the goals and objectives of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and to maintain ongoing discussions with African trade and agricultural ministries and private sector organizations on issues of mutual concern, including regional and international trade concerns and World Trade Organization issues.

The group is being convened in order to ensure that U.S. trade policy and trade negotiation objectives adequately reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests. To this end, the President is seeking information and advice from representative elements of the private sector and the non-Federal governmental sector with respect to:

(A) Negotiating objectives and bargaining positions before entering into a trade agreement under Title I of the Trade Act of 1974 and section 2103 of the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002;

(B) The operation of any trade agreement once entered into, including preparation for dispute settlement panel proceedings to which the United States is a party; and

(C) Other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States.

Such committees shall, insofar as is practicable, be representative of all industry, labor, agricultural, service, investment, defense, and other interests, respectively, including small business interests, and shall be organized by the United States Trade Representative and the Secretaries of Commerce, Defense, Labor, Agriculture, the Treasury, or other executive departments, as appropriate.

The members of such committees shall be appointed by the United States Trade Representative in consultation with such Secretaries.

Members serve for a 4 year term without compensation and are responsible for all expenses incurred to attend the meetings.

There is a long list of requirements for being considered an eligible nomination so I recommend you read them here to confirm your ability to be nominated.

Have someone in mind to nominate?  Would you like to nominate yourself?

Submit nominations to Julia Friedman, Attorney-Advisor for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, at For alternatives to email submission, please contact Julia Friedman at (202) 395-6120.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Introducing the Freestyle Fashion Conference! Sept. 27th NYC

Gain the education most valuable to you and make meaningful connections.  I'll see you there!

 The Freestyle Fashion Conference offers attendees a unique learning experience, while providing an environment that lends towards building meaningful connections. The program is comprised of a series of focused classes related to the business of Fashion. All sessions are taught by experts with very specific domain expertise. This is a great opportunity for brands, retailers, creatives, and business development professionals working in Fashion, Retail, or Technology!
Whether you are a fashion startup manufacturing in the U.S. or importing some or all of your merchandise from abroad, this program is for you!

List of featured classes: 

- Kickstart Your Brand, w/ Kickstarter

- Work Smarter by Leveraging Technology w/ Netcurate 
- Accelerate Your Growth w/ NY Fashion Tech Lab

- Digital Marketing Hacks w/ Search Decoder

- Building a Badass Brand w/ Worstofall Design & Madoff Productions

- Fashion Tech Investment Research w/ FashInvest

- Pop Up Retail Strategy w/ Lion'esque Group

- Email Marketing - Building Relationships that Sell w/ Fashmark
Wearable Tech & The Future of Commerce w/ Third Wave Fashion
How to Build a Successful, Data-Driven Commerce Brand w/ Tycoon

- Positioning Your Startup For Funding w/ Comcast Ventures

- Next Level Sh*t: Native Advertising w/ Wandering 

September 27, 2014 - NYC

Discount Code:  15% off w/ "FASHCOMPLIANCE"