There’s another Trump besides Donald sitting in the hot seat this week. New allegations against Ivanka Trump’s eponymous shoe line are being hurled at the brand by employees at its production factory Xuankai Footwear Ltd., located in the Houjie area of Dongguan in China’s Pearl River Delta.
The workers are claiming that they were forced to endure extensive hours, sometimes clocking in at 16 hours per day. Other charges include wages paid below the legal overtime rate and delayed wage payments. If true, the accusations against the Trump brand would violate local labor laws.
Racked did extensive reporting on the matter, interviewing several former employees who said that their typical workday was 8am until 10pm with two one-hour breaks. A former worker named Tian added, “If we worked until after three in the morning, we could start the next day at 9:15.”
Ivanka Trump shoes are produced through a licensing agreement with Marc Fisher, who contracted Xuankai as recently as 2014 to manufacture an estimated 130,000 pounds of shoes on Trump’s behalf. Fisher also holds the licenses for Guess and Tommy Hilfiger, and manufactures its own Marc Fisher collection. Neither Fisher nor Trump are new to controversy. Fisher was taken to court by Gucci for knocking off styles and just earlier this year Trump and Fisher were both sued by Aquazzura over infringement charges.
— Christine Galasso