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Hemp hop hooray—we’ve found a line that is sure to make mother nature’s day. Introducing…Hemptress, the newly launched L.A.-based eco-friendly line of bags with fresh designs you just won’t be able to take your hands off. Made from 100% hemp (which might we add is the world’s strongest natural fiber), …

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MJSA Supports Removal of Preferential Status for Certain Indian Jewelry

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Attleboro Falls, MA—Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) has announced its support for a recent government issuance removing preferential duty-free treatment for two types of jewelry necklaces from India. The decision was made during the Obama Administration’s annual review of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. This comes …

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Oh. My. Goddess. These gold-plated headbands by Privileged will have you resting on your laurels–literally. Designer Jennifer Ondyak’s metal headbands are kept in place by comfy, thin elastic, and themes range from the classic (horsebits) to the whimsical (butterflies) to the ancient (laurel leaves). Wear them over the hair as …

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Hanesbrands Quarterly Net Triples, Raises Annual Forecast

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Winston-Salem, NC–Hanesbrands raised its full-year sales and earnings guidance on Tuesday after second quarter net profits nearly tripled to $85.4 million from $30.6 million a year ago. Sales increased 9.1% to $1.08 billion, boosted by double-digit revenue rises from the company’s three main business segments: innerwear, outerwear and international. Outerwear …

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Back to School Study: Fewer Shoppers but More Spending

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Chicago—As the back-to-school season begins–the second most active retail season behind Christmas–ShopperTrak predicted Tuesday that it expects total. U.S. foot traffic to decline in August, but retail sales may still increase. While ShopperTrak predicts back-to-school traffic levels should decline 1.4% this year, the company says back-to-school performance will most likely …