Vendors, Buyers Soak Up Success at XBIZ Retreat Miami

Last week, international adult retail buyers and vendors once again descended upon Miami to indulge in the city’s lush beauty while making invaluable connections throughout XBIZ Retreat’s daily mix of business and pleasure. – Pleasure & Retail

International Buyers Flock to Miami XBIZ Retreat

Last week, the XBIZ Retreat welcomed a diverse mix of international buyers from around the world to enjoy a one-of-a-kind mix of business and pleasure. – Pleasure & Retail

XBIZ Retreat Vendors, Buyers Show Off Talents at Special Events

While the business prowess of pleasure products industry professionals is often put on display at traditional trade shows, the XBIZ Retreat allowed many of them to showcase their other talents. – Pleasure & Retail

NHL trade asset tiers: Buyer’s guide to the deadline

Now that trade season has begun in earnest, who are the top players available? We rank the top 34 into five tiers based on expected return, led by three veteran skaters in the “price of your neighbor’s yacht” class. – NHL

Weekly Reader: Teams that will be buyers — or sellers — on the trade market

Which franchises are open for business, and who’s looking to add assets as the trade deadline looms? The Penguins need another center, the Kings have cap space to spare, and the Blues and Islanders are among the teams sizing up center Max Pacioretty. – NHL

Hong Kong Fashion Week Sees Fewer Overseas Buyers

HONG KONG — This city’s fashion week wrapped up with attendees lamenting the quality of the event, which is essentially a trade show with a smattering of runway shows for emerging brands.
“The fair was just so-so. I came two years ago and it was much better — there were buyers from the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. My bags appeal to European taste, but I don’t see any European buyers, they are mostly from Asia,” said Toshiyuki Kiuchi, chief executive officer at D-02 Office Inc., on the last day of the spring-summer edition of HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week, held at the city’s trade center.
Kiuchi also expressed concerns about the fallout following the crisis in Greece and China’s stock market crash. He said the current weak yen meant his sales were still strong, but he was worried about how the recent economic turbulence would impact the Japanese currency.
Others were less anxious about the economic turmoil. Hong Kong-based jewelry wholesaler Ann Lee from Annidea has been a regular at the fair for five years and said buyers plan their trips several months ahead and were already en route to the event when the stock market news hit.
“The [Greek] referendum is

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Buyers at Moda and Fame Trade Shows Underline New Strategies

NEW YORK — In these uneven economic times, stores and vendors are trying to bend a little when it comes to prices. Attendees at the Moda and Fame trade shows at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here Monday said they are addressing increasingly price-conscious shoppers.
Donna Senk, who has owned Paparazzi, a Watertown, Conn., store for the past 19 years, said business is “a little better than last year,” due primarily to the fact that she and other Main Street retailers have banded together to attract shoppers and “upgrade the area.” Five block parties are now held annually. In addition, there has been a concerted effort to woo more seasoned retailers, she said. “There are real players on Main Street now,” she said.
In search of cocktail dresses, Senk said shoppers will no longer spend $ 300 to $ 400 as they once did. Black was among the labels she planned to check out. To accommodate price sensitivity, Senk said she was looking for items that retail from $ 100 to $ 250, with $ 150 and $ 175 being the right price for many recently. Minuet was a show favorite for her.
Senk was also looking for labels that sell exclusively to brick-and-mortar stores. “Competition with Web

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Clothing Labels List Sweatshop Atrocities So Buyers Will Shop More Consciously

The writing on clothing labels is generally kept pretty pithy, because unless customers are shopping in Milan, they’re likely not all that interested in the details of their garments’ origins.

But, in reality, just as important as fit and comfort is where clothes are made and how the people who produced them were treated in the process. That’s why advocacy group Canadian Fair Trade Network recently unveiled a powerful campaign that outlines on actual clothing labels the types of horrors sweatshop workers in Cambodia, Sierra Leone and Bangladesh face.

The stories represent what transpires at three levels of production — harvesting, textile production and garment manufacturing.

A bright yellow sweater, for example, describes the devastating daily schedule of a child laborer in Cambodia.


The label reads: 100% cotton. Made in Cambodia by Behnly, 9 years old. He gets up at 5:00 am every morning to make his way to the garment factory where he works. It will be dark when he arrives and dark when he leaves. He dresses lightly because the temperature in the room he works reaches 30 degrees. The dust in the room fills his nose and mouth. He will make less than a dollar, for a day spent slowly suffocating. A mask would cost the company ten cents.

The label doesn’t tell the whole story.

In 2012, Cambodia shipped more than $ 4 billion worth of products to the United States and Europe, making the garment industry its most lucrative export. Yet the industry’s workers typically toil six days a week and make just $ 100 a month, barely enough to cover their basic expenses, according to advocacy group Clean Clothes.

Some major European companies, like H&M, have heeded to mounting pressure and recently pledged to improve meager wages for factory workers.

H&M committed to developing pay structures that would enable a fair living wage in 750 factories it works with, including those in Cambodia and Bangladesh, by 2018.

Often, however, it isn’t just the meager wages that concern workers most. It’s the fact that they face unsafe working conditions that could cost them their lives, as the label on a sleek suit jacket demonstrates.


The label reads: 100% cotton. Made in Bangladesh by Joya who left school at the age of 12 to help support her two brothers and newly widowed mother. Her father was killed when a fire ripped through the cotton factory where he works. She now works in the building across the street from the burned down factory. A constant reminder of the risk she takes every day.

The label doesn’t tell the whole story.

The hazardous conditions workers in Bangladesh are subjected to made international headlines in 2012 when 112 laborers died in the country’s worst-ever factory fire. Walmart, Disney and Sears were among the U.S. retailers who imported clothing from the devastated factory.

Perhaps what was most distressing though, was that Walmart and Gap rejected a proposed plan a year earlier that would’ve required them to pay their suppliers more in order to improve safety conditions, Bloomberg reported.

In 2013, a some major U.S. and European retailers, including H&M, signed an international five-year accord that demanded independent safety inspections of factories in Bangladesh and that participating companies pay up to $ 500,000 a year for safety improvements. Walmart declined to get involved and said it was forming its own safety plan.

To help customers support companies that partake in fair trade practices, the Canadian Fair Trade Network offers customers an extensive shopping guide. It lists Canadian companies that partake in fair-trade practices and also enables shoppers to search by product to find manufacturers they can trust. To urge companies to improve wages for factory workers in Cambodia, Clean Clothes launched a petition to urge H&M to do even more to protect workers there.

Find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved here.

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Dallas Buyers Club – Jean-Marc Vallée

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Dallas Buyers Club

Jean-Marc Vallée

Genre: Drama

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: November 1, 2013

Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career in this uplifting and powerful film inspired by true events. Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) sees his free-wheeling life overturned when he’s diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Determined to survive, Woodroof decides to take matters in his own hands by tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. After finding an unlikely ally in Rayon (Jared Leto), he establishes a hugely successful “buyers’ club” and unites a band of outcasts in a struggle for dignity and acceptance that inspires in ways no one could have imagined. Co-starring Jennifer Garner, Dallas Buyers Club is “deeply moving. A livewire of a movie!” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

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