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A Smaller Cast for Woody Allen-American Apparel Trial - New York Times Blogs
Lawyers for American Apparel said that they would not call Mia Farrow, Mr. Allen's former companion, and Soon-Yi Previn, Ms. Farrow's daughter and Mr. Allen's wife, as witnesses in a lawsuit that Mr. Allen has filed against the clothing company,...
Apparel Prices Fall in April - Women's Wear Daily
by Liza Casabona WASHINGTON — Retail prices for apparel fell a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in April, the Labor Department said Friday in its Consumer Price Index. Subscribe now to WWD.COM, for complete access to breaking Business news and events...
Abercrombie Picks Bad Time To Muff Merchandise - Barron's Blogs
Various media reports accounted that the teen-apparel chain admitted it missed some female fashion trends in the first quarter of the year. Oops. The company's hard-won reticence on discounting products to move out inventory that didn't sell during the...
Consumer prices up again in Colorado and the West, but down from ... -
On the other hand, recreation expenses declined 0.9 percent in April from March for western urban consumers, BLS said, while food and beverages were down 0.4 percent and apparel costs were down 0.1 percent. Housing, the biggest single component in the...
National Briefing | Labor Internal Feud at Unite Here Is Escalating - New York Times
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE The internal feud within Unite Here, the hotel, restaurant and apparel worker's union, worsened as John W. Wilhelm, president of the union's hospitality division, announced that the general executive board had suspended the union's...
King-Apparel CTRL Range Spring/Summer 2009 - PitchEngine (press release)
05.15.2009 – New to the line up for SS09, the CTRL™ range makes a triumphant debut for King Apparel. Taking inspiration from retro gaming imagery, and then switching things up with tech patterns and sick colour combinations, the CTRL™ is arguably the...
Woody Allen takes on American Apparel - Independent
By David Usborne If Woody Allen were on the couch today, he might have a moment of clarity about the little battle he began last year with American Apparel, the hipster clothing company, after it used his image on billboards in New York and Los Angeles...
Talon International Reports First Quarter 2009 Financial Results - SYS-CON Media (press release)
The decrease in sales for the quarter was a direct result of the impact of the economic decline on the apparel industry and the corresponding lower demand for apparel trim products that their suppliers purchase from the Company....
Boathouse Sports to supply USRowing National Team -
The deal will include apparel used in the Worlds, held in August in Poland, the 2012 Olympic Games in London and all USRowing events through Oct. 1, 2013. Nike had been the outfitter for the past eight years. The deal is considered Philadelphia-based...

International Apparel Federation

International Apparel Federation (IAF), established in 1976., is an international trade association whose membership includes national clothing associations and companies whose core business is sourcing, designing, development, manufacturing, distribution, and retailing of apparel products.

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Bantam Apparel

Bantam Apparel is the parent company of a set of topical websites that sell t-shirts.

Although branded separately, the individual sites themselves Ice Cold T-Shirts, Echelon Shift, and operate through a centrally management system that distributes and to some extent markets sales gathered by each unique store. Its logos have been featured in numerous popular magazines, including Rolling Stone and Cracked Magazine.

Officially launched in spring of 2004, Bantam Apparel was originally branded solely within Ice Cold T-Shirts. It enjoyed mild success and was featured in a number of popular magazines including Rolling Stone and the San Francisco Weekly. One of its more popular designs was "We can't stop here, this is bat country" which was released shortly after the death of author Hunter S Thompson. Although creating a small following, Ice Cold T-Shirts did not reach mainstream success due to the sudden influx of other online t-shirt stores including Busted Tees and Threadless. Additionally, problems with new algorithm changes taking place in Google and the introduction of the sandbox effect made it very difficult for businesses launched after 2004 to compete with larger more established websites.

In around the summer of 2005 the decision was made to separate Ice Cold T-Shirts into individually branded websites. Although the details of the individual sites themselves were not fully realized until later, the development of a more evolved and efficient product delivery system was initiated. The primary focus of these developments was to take into account what restrictions existed in the current infrastructure that could prevent expansion in the future using current business practice as reference.

The development period of this infrastructure was undefined but eventually reached finalization approximately a year later in the end of the summer of 2006. Officially launched on August 15th, 2006, Bantam Apparel was fully functional along with three stores.

Ice Cold T-Shirts was re-branded with a new look and logo and focussed on the entertainment portion of the original website. This included the categories popculture, clubbing and movies and television.

Echelon Shift took over the political, revolutionary and religious aspect of Ice Cold T-Shirts and was launched with various Libertarian and controversial logos. In addition to the logos themselves, Echelon Shift provided informational links and articles that introduced supporting evidence or thought provoking ideas related to the logo. was launched with a focus on the spiritual aspect of the original Ice Cold T-Shirts, with strong ties to Hinduism, Buddhism and other new age concepts. Similar to Echelon Shift, provided informative articles relating to the particular logos. Due to the nature of the original site, was released with very few logos as compared to the other two stores. However, this did tie in with the store as it was branded as a boutique shop more than an online t-shirt shop.

Many logos distributed by Bantam Apparel and its stores have received criticism by visitors in the form of hatemail. Political shirts such as the "Bush Nazi" ("Bush" with the "s" replaced with a swastika) shirt, the "I had an abortion" shirt, and the "Unions Suck - If you don't like your job, go get an education" shirt have sometimes been the target of criticism.

Efforts to market the stores have sometimes been difficult with some of the content being marked as inappropriate to minors and generally offensive. On occasion, attempts to contract printing jobs have met with problems as some screen printing firms have been unwilling to print the content they deemed inappropriate.

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King Apparel


King Apparel is a London-based streetwear brand. It was founded in 2002 by former professional snowboarder/skateboarder Tim Hoad and his friend and graphic designer Paul Linton; their goal was to create a new apparel brand, which reflected the creative freedom of their own lifestyle and culture. After securing start-up funding from The Princes Trust and Business Link, the brand launched in 2003 with a small range of accessories and t-shirts. From this modest beginning King Apparel has now grown to present a fully comprehensive range of garments every season including the launch of their sub-brand 'LDN' across the UK and Europe.

A notable detail of King Apparel is that all of their outerwear garments and accessories produced are limited to exclusive runs of just 300 pieces and they also operate a strict "no re-runs and no repeats" policy. They were also the first independent brand to work exclusively alongside New Era Cap, following an agreement made with New Era Europe in 2003, and today they have specialized and exclusive design modifications to the classic New Era Cap fit that no one else on the planet produces.

For the Summer of 2007, King Apparel teamed up with the UK Government Want Respect campaign for safer sex. This is the first documented collaboration between a clothing brand and a government social and health campaign. King have produced 1,000 pairs of limited edition denims with hidden "stash" pockets for condoms emblazoned with the Want Respect logo designed by the legendary Mode 2. Every pair of jeans also comes with a customized swingtag of 'King' condoms attached to the waist.

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No Sweat Apparel

No Sweat Apparel (NSA) is an American clothing brand, manufactured by Bienestar International, which retails union-made, sweatshop-free clothing, shoes, and accessories. NSA is primarily focused on human rights issues. The company was formed in 2000.

All NSA products are created by independent union members in the United States, Canada, and the developing world, including Indonesia and Nicaragua. The company officials describe their company as the first "open-source" clothing manufacturer, meaning that they attempt to show consumers where their products come from, as well as the working conditions under which their products were created. The NSA website contains information on the companies from whom they buy, as well as factsheets detailing the wages and rights that they claim are afforded to the factory workers who created the products.

No Sweat Apparel uses minimal advertisement, relying mainly on word-of-mouth and free product placement. In Winnipeg, Manitoba, there are several public transit benches with No Sweat advertisements, featuring the white hemp sneaker. NSA claimed a 750-percent increase in sales in 2005.

NSA counts Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jody Williams, Oscar-winning screenwriter J. Larner (The Candidate), and musician Billy Bragg among its customers.

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Coppley Apparel Group

The Coppley Apparel Group manufactures and markets the Coppley Collection of menswear to retailers across North America. The company competes in the high quality end of the menswear segment. All Coppley garments, including suits, sport coats, shirts and neckwear are produced at its Canadian tailoring plants in Ontario, Canada.

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Kinfra Apparel Park

Kinfra Apparel Park (KIAP) is located at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala state in India. The KIAP provides infrastructure and other related facilities for the garment manufacturing units. This park is operated by KINFRA (Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation), a public sector agency in the state. The KIAP is promoted by the Government of India under "Apparel Parks for Exports Scheme".

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Source : Wikipedia