AAFA Weekly Brief
March 26, 2019

Newsletter at-a-glance

AAFA is counting down to the American Image Awards. Meet the honorees under AAFA News.
March 26: ... A report on the pact’s economic impact is expected in mid-April. In the weeks that follow, the administration has to submit legislation to implement the agreement. But if the deal isn’t passed by Congress’s August recess, it may be doomed to languish until after the presidential election in November 2020. (Source: Bloomberg)
March 25: The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday upheld the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s use of a law that he used to impose significant tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum tariffs for national security reasons. (Source: Politico)
March 21: ... The Trump administration official told CNN this week that the two sides hope to reach an agreement to be signed at a summit in late April at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he previously hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2017. (Source: CNN)
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March 25: The latest updates to the Navy's uniform policy include a host of changes for women, including improved slacks and skirts for some ranks, flats authorized for optional wear, and a nursing top for new moms. ... Here's a look at what has been approved. (Source: Military.com)
March 25: The U.S. Supreme Court has elected not to hear an appeal from the California Trucking Association against Julie Su, commissioner of the California Department of Labor Relations, in a lawsuit over how the state determines whether a truck driver is a company employee or an independent contractor. (Source: Commercial Carrier Journal)
March 21:  The event brought together some of the biggest names in retail, where concerns bubbled to the surface on topics regarding China and changing consumer trends. (Source: Retail Dive)
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March 25: ... With a translation that literally means “copycat,” shanzhai is ... “the practice of reverse engineering foreign products as a way to enter the market without overwhelming research expenditures.” And it is precisely here that Chinese automakers (as well as other industry manufacturers) placed their bets in terms of how they would win over some of the huge pool of native consumers spending on foreign cars. (Source: The Fashion Law)
March 25: US fashion house Tiffany Brown Design (TBD) has launched a cryptocurrency platform in an attempt to protect its brand from online sales of counterfeits. The TBD token – which sits on top of a private blockchain platform – can be used to authenticate clothing and tackle what the company says is a forgery “crisis”, connecting TBD designers directly to the end consumer. (Source: Securing Industry)
March 20: ... Police in the commercial capital of Shanghai also closed two assembly lines used to make the counterfeits and seized more than 4,000 bags, clothes and accessories, each of which they said cost the group 200 yuan to make. (Source: Reuters)

AAFA President and CEO Rick Helfenbein joined CNBC
to discuss the denim industry last week. Watch here.

Meet the American Image Awards honorees: We are less than three weeks away from the 2019 AAFA American Image Awards! Meet the honorees, including feature articles on Person of the Year Isaac E. Ash, Retailer of the Year American Eagle Outfitters, Company of the Year Birkenstock, and Fashion Collaboration of the Year Disney Princess X Ruthie Davis. Stay tuned for additional features on Designer of the Year Eileen Fisher and Media Brand of the Year WWD and follow along on Instagram and Twitter. Tables and tickets to the gala can be purchased here.

AAFA testifies on chemical management in Washington state: AAFA traveled to Olympia, Washington last week to express concerns with SB 5135. As currently written, the bill would expand chemical reporting in the state and over-regulate safe chemicals without ensuring safer products. 

See all of AAFA’s latest letters, comments, and testimony here.

Congress and government agencies solicit comments on a range of issues that may affect your business – find a list of comment opportunities here.

AAFA Endorsed Schools: University of Georgia

Under the mantra, Fashion is our Passion; our Fashion Merchandising program is unique in its reach across the entire spectrum of the Globally Sustainable Fashion Supply Chain. Utilizing a faculty of widely renowned Professors and Instructors our program stays current with both research and industry developments. Read more.

Learn more about AAFA Endorsed Schools and Universities.


AAFA Events
April 9 Webinar: Maximizing Your Online Brand Protection
April 15 American Image Awards
April 24 Webinar: How Targus Gained Global Visibility with PLM
April 30 Government Relations Committee Meeting
April 30-May 1 Global Supply Chain & Trade Conference

Visit our events calendar for all AAFA webinars, scheduled events, and member/committee calls.

American Image Awards
April 15, 2019 | New York, NY



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