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Task Force Formed Over Cadmium Risk in Accessories

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North Kingston, RI—The Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association has formed a safety task force to advise federal agencies who could regulate the use of cadmium in jewelry, handbag hardware and other accessories classifications. The association created the task force in response to what executive director Michael Gale calls recent “inaccurate …

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Hong Kong Show Cites Uptick

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Hong Kong–A leading fashion trade show organizer for Fashion Access and other trade shows here believes that financial confidence is returning to the industry, led by the buoyant Asian market. Michael Duck, director of APLF, which produces Fashion Access, identified the economic growth of China, India and Indonesia in particular. “Plainly China …

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Item of the Day

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We don’t need a snake charmer to hypnotize us into loving Skova Design’s latest creation–we’re already in awe. Designer Michaela Moryskova’s exotic three finger serpent ring slithers through the hand, creating a design that Cleopatra herself would grab–and so should you. The gold-plated ring, which is actually quite comfortable, retails …

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Report: Retail Real Estate Will Stabilize Despite Hitting New Low

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Boston—Colliers International, a leading global real estate services firm, released its annual report on retail real estate trends showing new retail construction will hit a 25 year low in 2010. However, according to Colliers’ 2010 Retail Trends & Opportunities report, retail vacancies will stabilize in many markets. “We aren’t out …

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This camouflage tote from Elle Nicole certainly has its marching orders! This budget and eco-conscious (yet equally stylish) sister of the Danielle Nicole line caught our attention for its Lucy tote—incorporating the season’s hot military trend without being too over-the-top. The combination of whip-stitched handles, gold mini studs, quilting and …