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High Point Market Authority welcomes industry to new pad
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An old elevator shaft sits at the end of the hallway, unused, its doors closed. A rustic metal elevator call box still quaintly protrudes from the wall to the shaft's right offering every option you could ever want in enthusiastic caps locked letters: "UP" or "DOWN." Old-timey features like this are scattered throughout the High Point Market Authority's newly renovated offices on the seventh floor of the Radio Building, lending a sense of history to the legendary Market's de facto home base. More

NAFTA combined with Central American Free Trade Agreement?
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At one time, there was talk of linking the Western Hemisphere into one gigantic free-trade zone that would stretch from Argentina to Canada. After years of talk, that idea languished on the negotiating table. But at a panel discussion at the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas last month, the conversation drifted to merging the North American Free Trade Agreement with the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement. More

ITMA gains new board member, director positions
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One industry executive has joined the 12-member Board of Directors of the International Textile Market Association, producers of the semiannual Showtime fabric show and the ITMA Educational Foundation. The ITMA welcomes a new director to the board, Todd Nifong, president of Altizer & Co. Decorative Textiles/Al Fresco Functional Fabrics. More

The look that defined Fashion Week
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As the spring 2012 shows wrapped up in New York, designer Marc Jacobs called into question all the vivid colors, cacophonous prints, and aggressively chipper collections that had been presented earlier in the week. As the curtain parted on his melancholy stage set, his models sat posed on a wooden stage—circular lights glowing in the background — like they had been caught mid-rehearsal in a 1920s-era dance hall. More

Apparel, textile organizations urge yarn-forward rule in TPP
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The eighth round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement — a regional trade agreement covering the interests of the United States and eight other countries in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam — is underway in Chicago. Textile and apparel organizations continue to weigh in on how textiles and apparel should be treated in the trade agreement expected to result from the negotiations. More

Market Watch synopsis for Aug. 15-31
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Fibre 2 Fashion presents the Market Watch synopsis for Aug. 15-31, including price updates on various fabrics and raw goods. More

Versatility of flexible fabric composites opens doors to new products, markets
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Fabric composites have been around for decades, and thanks to ongoing technological improvements in these materials, applications and markets continue to expand. As a result, fabricators have more opportunities for creating a flexible end product that ranges anywhere from a sail on a yacht to a hazmat suit. What's more, for many of these applications, end product manufacturers can use the equipment that's already in their shops. More

Consumer sentiment edges higher in September
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Consumer sentiment edged higher in early September, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index. The preliminary reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment rose to 57.8 from 55.7 the month before, which had been the lowest level since November 2008. More

Beijing Design Week celebrates world design and Chinese creativity
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With more than 2,000 works of design, over 30 countries involved, more than 130 projects and 100 design landmarks open to the public, the eight-day Beijing Design Week will be the largest and most significant yet in the Chinese capital for the promotion of design. The event from Sept. 26-Oct. 3 promises to be a platform and meeting point for the international design community. More

Wal-Mart revives layaway
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Wal-Mart has had customer requests to revive their layaway plan that was canceled five years ago. A layaway plan, of course, is where a customer makes payment on merchandise and picks it up after it is paid for. In Wal-Mart's case, the customers will have to have it all paid for by Dec. 16 in order to get the goods by Christmas. A customer can layaway anything that costs $15 or more as long as the whole ticket amounts to $50 or more. More

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