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Retailers and Handbag Vendors Agree to New Industry Standards on Lead

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Oakland, CA–More than 40  retailers and vendors, including Macy’s, Sears/Kmart, Target, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Guess, Victoria’s Secret and Saks, have agreed to set new industry-wide standards limiting lead in handbags, small leathergoods and other accessories including footwear. The pledge comes as part of a recent $1.7 million legal settlement with the …

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Gap and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Introduce Limited-Edition Collection

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SAN FRANCISCO–Yesterday Gap debuted its limited-edition collection of designs created exclusively for Gap by this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (CVFF) winners—emerging designers Monique Péan, Patrik Ervell and Sophie Théallet. Unlike the previous three years, where CVFF designers had a more restricted assignment (i.e. “create a classic white shirt” or “create …

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NY, Philly Boutiques Gear Up for Independent Retail Week

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New York— Nolcha’s Independent Retail Week returns, this time June 7 through June 13 (in New York) and June 14 through 20 (in Philadelphia), celebrating small, independent fashion boutiques around the city. The week-long, city-wide shopping extravaganza increases brand awareness, and offers fun events such as DJs, cocktails, giveaways and …