MANGO launches its F/W collection with a spectacular catwalk

MANGO launched its Fall/Winter 2010 men’s and women's collections at Madrid’s Círculo de Bellas Artes. The MANGO chairman, Isak Andic, welcomed the numerous celebrities who attended the catwalk, one of the most eagerly-awaited events of the season, to discover the Spanish firm’s latest proposals.

This important fashion event was also attended by numerous celebrities from the world of society, film, music and television.

Among others, on view were Poppy Delevigne, Elettra Wiedemann, Naty Abascal, Covadonga O’Shea, Genoveva Casanova, Rafa Medina and Laura Vecino, Luís Medina, Cari Lapique and Carla Goyanes, Boris Izaguirre, Jaime de Marichalar, Álvaro de Marichalar y Ekaterina, Olivia de Borbón, Carla Royo Villanova, Konstantin of Bulgaria, Alejandra de Rojas, Patricia Olmedilla and Gonzalo de la Cierva, the Duchess and Duke of Terranova, José Miguel Fernández Sastrón, Amelia Bono, María García de la Rasilla, Arancha de Benito, Natalia Álvarez, Paloma Lago, Alaska and Mario Vaquerizo, Bebe, Ton Pernas and Maite de la Iglesia, Almudena Cid, Gema Ruiz, Mónica Martín Luque, Toni Acosta, Nerea Garmendia and Jesús Olmedo, Marta Nieto, Kira Miró, Carla Nieto, Marc Clotet, Amanda Hearst, Alba Carrillo, Helen Lindes, Lorena van Heerde and Matilde Borromeo.

During the event, the names were announced of the ten finalists of the third edition of the international event, the El Botón-MANGO Fashion Awards, who are competing for 300,000€ in prize money, the largest prize awarded to date in an event of this kind. From the 50 projects selected from over 200 received in the first round, the Jury has selected the 10 finalists with the most talent and international projection, who will now compete to be proclaimed the winners of this edition. The finalists are: Motonari Ono from Japan, the Spanish duo Zazo y Brull (made up of Javier Zazo and Clara Brull), the British duo of Matthew Cunnington and John Sanderson, the Belgians Harvey Bouterse and Helena Lumelski, Rocco Iannone from Italy, the Italian duo Leitmotiv (made up of Fabio Sasso and Juan D. Caro), the British Jean Pierre Braganza, Michael Sontag from Germany and the Austrian designer Isabelle Steger.

After the catwalk, MANGO held a party on the spectacular terrace of the Círculo de Bellas Artes, which featured an exclusive performance by Coco Sumner. The guests enjoyed a special cocktail for the occasion, served by Caritina Goyanes’ famous catering service Six-Sens.

Teen fashion trends

Teen fashion is pretty serious business. The trends are changeable, unstructured, anything but not constant. Teen age too is a precious time of life and the best time to look good. Studies expose that teenagers are more knowledgeable about any fashion accessory that other age-wise people.

Expectation from this sector is high and continuous. A designer catering to teenage fashion wear promises himself a life of insurrection and creative investigation. All teenagers are not rebels, they are just fashion conscious.

From cultural to fusion and trendy western casuals, teenage is all about joy in vivid colours. Teenagers are hard pressed for time as they are always speeding up from errands to coaching classes and regular schools. Thus they prefer something easy and relaxed. Their primary choice remains denims, jeans, washes in acid and stone. Corduroys fashions come and go. Teenagers go tremendously creative about accessories. Trinkets form bracelets, beads, clasp nose rings, cluster earrings, fake tattoos, nail painting, henna and bindis.

Carefree mind-set and the spirit of life is seen in mix and match wears, trendy jackets, stoles with tassels, bandanas, hair colour, faux fur trims on high boots and elbow pads in amazing hues. Shoes and belts are responsive to fashion demands and gadgets are trendy. Skirts go from long, to flares and short skirts from knee length to white mini skirts. Blouses come in tank tops and off shoulders for bold looks and classy colours in lilac and fuchsia in georgette or satin for a little conservative. The idea is to know the venue of your day and dress accordingly.

Racial wear for teenagers demands lot of invention. Lehengas and Ghagras come in various colours like emerald green, pool blue and be it gota, zari or embellishments in pearl, crystals or sequins, teenagers seem to need more! The demand is insatiable in fusion wear with embroidered suits for boys and jackets too. It is significant to notice the teenagers skin deep in tradition at any festival or celebration.

Though western trends such as japanese fashion seem to control teenagers in all walks of life, it is the effort of designers in balancing the ethnicity of Indian fashion. The next time you need the latest hair colour, be sure to ask a teenager!

Allow 100% FDI in multi-brand retail to rein in prices – experts

Big-time global retail chains have been clamoring for a 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) policy for setting up multi-brand retail chain stores in India. The current policy stipulates only 51 percent FDI and that too in single-brand retail.

This restricts the amount of investment the retail sector has received in the last few years, in a market which totals to US $450 billion and which is dominated by street-corner stores, with organised retail accounting for just 6 percent of the cake.

Global retail chains like Wal-Mart and Carrefour have for long argued for 100 percent FDI, by saying that, this will reduce the supply-chain inefficiencies in the country and provide goods at affordable prices to the Indian consumers.

The current policy for global retailers stipulates setting up operations in only the whole-sale segment, which does not interest the retailers much except for the likes of Wal-Mart which has set up such a venture with the Bharati Group in India.

Experts are of the opinion that, to rein in inflation, which is galloping at a fast pace, the government should consider 100 percent FDI in the multi-brand retail sector, which they suggest the government should consider implementing, seriously. 

How to succeed in modeling auditions?

There is no chance to reach the limelight if you are going to nag behind in the modeling industry since it’s extremely competitive. Before getting an actual modeling gig, aspiring models should constantly fight their way towards success by attending a number of auditions. To be precise, auditions are your gateway to glorious field of modeling. But it is really tough to succeed an audition. It would seem exactly like a job interview and would be intimidating at times.

The auditions judge your performance as a model and hence play an important role in shaping your career. Even though they are stressful, they can be managed by handling with an air of self confidence. The most important thing to keep in the mind is that you need to present yourself in the best possible way along with polishing your talents. For a model, the main aspect is projecting the attitude in the most appealing way. The confidence your shine throughout the auditions and should carry out your personality.

The audition is similar to a job interview. Hence it is important to be at the audition place on time rather than being late. Last minute tension can damage the whole performance. It would be nice if you wear something professional than revealing. The jewelry and other accessories should essentially compliment your wardrobe and should not be flashy. Make sure that your personality is getting the whole attention rather than the costumes. The makeup should also be minimal and clean. Most important thing to remember is that the more auditions you attend, the more opportunities you would get.

8000inc in preparations of Brand8000 global launch

8000inc has now completed the final preparations for the Brand8000 Global launch in quarter 4 2010. As per the business plan, all the foundations and market positioning of the group are in place ready for the pre-marketing campaign beginning June 2010.

8000inc now comprises of 14 subsidiaries operating in 3 continents across multiple markets. Each subsidiary is placed to support the internal needs of the Group and generate increasing revenue across the board, for both the internal and external markets.

During quarter 2, in preparation for the Brand8000 launch, 8000inc has secured multiple positions and opportunities to capture market share and position before the formal launch. As part of the pre-marketing campaign, 8000inc has agreed to sponsor in partnership with the Barbados Golf Association the Barbados Golf Open at Royal Westmoreland where all marshals and volunteers, not to mention the golfers, will be wearing the Brand8000 line. 8000inc has also agreed to sponsor the prestigious Carlton Club in Barbados. This agreement covers all aspects including incorporating the company's name and logo at all levels.Brand8000,, has now extended its products to include the Platinum exclusive line and a bespoke tailored range in partnership with an international sporting name. Brand8000 has already taken 600 orders of it exclusive new line. 8000incRacing will be launching its new car and sponsors at Mosport on June 11th. During June, the final stages of the flagship store at Limegrove will be completed with the shop fit expected to be finished this November. More detailed information will follow on each and every development.

Now little ones can steal style with denim-inspired diaper

Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced the nationwide availability of the limited edition Huggies Little Movers Jeans Diapers – a unique, fun and stylish denim-inspired fashion for babies during the summer months.

The new diaper is the first of its kind available in the United States and is available nationwide for a limited time from June through July 2010, where diapers are sold.

"Jeans have always been a Mommy fashion must-have, but now it's time for their little ones to steal the style," said Stuart Schneider, senior brand director of Huggies. "The design helps babies stay trendy while keeping dry with the same revolutionary design and proven leakage protection that moms have come to know and trust from the Huggies brand."

Huggies Jeans Diapers feature a fashionable blue denim design, providing parents and little ones everywhere with a trendy way to express their personal styles. First launched in Israel in 2007, Huggies Jeans Diapers have been a success in more than 20 countries around the world including Russia, South Korea, Mexico, Singapore and many more.

"Following the success of our global Huggies brand teams, we're inviting consumers to engage with the Huggies brand in the same way they would engage with a fashion brand they love," said Schneider. "From baby fashion shows to celebrity partnerships, we're challenging moms to look at diapers in a whole new way."

Darquer launches collection for Autumn/Winter

Emotion and seduction yet again feature strongly within the Darquer collection, niftily balancing tradition with modern flavour.

Going back to basics being an of-essential move, the refined and dainty appeal unique to Chantilly lace gives us a glimpse of heaven.

Transparent, evanescent and lightweight, the interplay of ruffles, flowers and openwork transcend the wearer in the manner of an inspirational song with an infectious beat. This frothy, diaphanous lace embodies the feminine ideal of charm and glamour, reminiscent of Gilda.

Like an invitation to celebrate pagan rites, this theme hovers between the profane and the holy, sophistication and home-made. The ultimate in all-out, organic black shapes contrasting textures in lace with Soulages influences. 

Scottish RSK adds Brazilian attire for women

Sportswear company RSK Sports has introduced a new range of feminine fitness products – all the way from Brazil. The online provider of fitness clothing has complemented its current collection of brands like Nike and Reebok with a new Brasilfit range from Brazil, adding a sample of this Brazilian attire for women in the UK, Europe and beyond.

However, this exotic brand is a world apart from where the business was this time in 2009.

RSK Sports’ founder and managing director, Raymond Simpson started the online business just under a year ago and is pleased at how far it’s come in so little time. He said: “It’s strange to think that, this time last year I was selling T-shirts through eBay and now I’m making calls to HMRC to ask about customs duty on Brazilian imports!”

Speaking of the new sportswear deal, Mr Simpson said: “I’m delighted to have secured this deal with Brasilfit, it’s so exciting to be able to supply a range that is all about energy and vibrancy, like this one.”

“For now, we’ve launched five Brasilfit products – there is a sports vest, crop top, gym shorts, dance pants, and knee-length leggings. We’re hoping these will sell really well so we can offer the full range soon.”

He added: “All the items are lightweight and tough, helping to regulate your body temperature during exercise.”

Brasilfit is actually an Australian company that specialises in unique and fashionable sports and leisure wear, but the items are crafted in Brazil with the “energy and essence” of the country.

And it seems that the sportswear range isn’t the only thing full of energy – as Mr Simpson explained why he started RSK Sports in the first place. 

Oxfam’s Celebrity pop up shop opens for one week only

Pop up shops, restaurants, art galleries etc have been ‘popping up’ all over London in a bid to lure customers into a unique, quirky and interesting new experience. Not only do they make use of redundant buildings, they can provide serious cash injection for those running the guises, if done correctly. Oxfam is the latest ‘brand’ to jump on the pop up bandwagon, with the opening of the Oxfam Curiosity Shop in London’s famous department store, Selfridges.

Okay, so it’s not your usual Oxfam shop. The staff will be made up of various A–list stars selling high-end and vintage fashion garments donated to the charity by celebrities. This is a one-week only event, starting today, so shoppers will need to get cracking if they want to get their hands on items previously belonging to Alexa Chung, Lady Gaga, Helen Mirren, to name a few.

TV presenter Zoë Ball has raided her wardrobe for the cause. “Just like many women, I have often put off that much needed wardrobe clear out but I was inspired to dig out some of my old favourites for a good cause.”

Singer Annie Lenox, who is amongst the star studded work force said, “Women who are often trying to survive under conditions of chronic poverty motivated me to try to use my talents and resources to contribute to effective change.”

An online auction will be taking place (, so people outside of London can also bag a bargain celebrity piece. The money raised will go to women’s projects around the world. Not a bad reason to indulge in a bit of retail therapy. Now where did I put my credit card?


Launch of Alton Lane with Virtual Design Lab

Alton Lane, the new standard for premium custom menswear, announces its official launch with the introduction of their Virtual Design Lab, an innovative e-commerce platform on

“We aren't here to join the luxury men's clothing market. We're here to revolutionize it,” states Colin Hunter, Alton Lane's co-founder and CEO.

Alton Lane was founded on the principle of introducing a new standard to the menswear industry: Offer better clothes for better prices and deliver a better shopping experience. The company has set out to permanently alter the way men think about and shop for both personal and professional attire.

Alton Lane offers a complete collection of fully bespoke clothing for business, social and special events, including suits, shirts, trousers, blazers, tuxedos and overcoats. Each article of clothing, carefully crafted by Alton Lane’s team of highly skilled tailors, reflects the brand’s commitment to impeccable quality and flawless attention to detail.

Through more efficient sourcing, inventory management and distribution, Alton Lane is able to provide a more honest pricing structure, offering premium custom clothes at prices that are more accessible.

“As consumers, we were genuinely dissatisfied with the current retail model for menswear and knew there was an opportunity for improvement,” states Hunter. “We conducted comprehensive surveys and spent months overseas immersed in the global menswear market. We broke it down from top to bottom and strategically built Alton Lane on what we saw was missing from the industry: quality, fit and convenience.”

Alton Lane is dedicated to enhancing the overall shopping experience for each client based on comfort, personal preference and convenience. Whether in person at the Alton Lane showroom or online in the Virtual Design Lab, each client is given a first-class experience in a relaxed environment.

New York City Showroom
Through private appointments in the Manhattan showroom, clients are able to obtain their precise measurements in less than 30 seconds by using Alton Lane’s state-of-the-art 3D body scanner. They can peruse the carefully curated selection of fabrics while enjoying a drink from the Alton Lane bar.

Virtual Design Lab on AltonLane
Alton Lane makes shopping for custom clothing easy and accessible from anywhere in the world. Using 3D technology, clients can fully design, customize and visualize each garment before making a purchase. Alton Lane’s measurement guide will ensure proper measurements are taken either at home, at a local tailor or via a virtual fitting. Clients can request fabric samples and personalized style advice is available from Alton Lane’s style council.

“We are dedicated to reflecting the brand’s commitment to excellence and customer service both in our showroom, via the private appointment model, and online, via the Virtual Design Lab. In order to do so, we havedecided to launch our website as an invitation-only service so we can keep up with demand and guarantee the Alton Lane standard to all clients worldwide,” states co-founder Peyton Jenkins. “On our website, you can sign up for a private appointment in our showroom or join the waiting list to access our Virtual Design Lab. We will accommodate requests as quickly as possible." 

American Apparel expands Nail Polish Collection

American Apparel, the vertically integrated clothing manufacturer based in downtown Los Angeles, is announcing the addition of six new colors to its successful line of nail polish. The company timed and designed the expansion of American Apparel Nail Lacquer for the upcoming summer season.

The colors continue the theme of representing the brand and the culture which surrounds it. A khaki shade called "California Trooper" alludes to the uniforms of the ubiquitous California Highway Patrol, while "Malibu Green" is inspired by the colors found near the company's store on the historic Pacific Coast Highway. Other colors like "Summer Peach" and "Butter" are now also an available option for some of the company's classic garments, including the Pique Tennis Shirt, 4-Way Stretch Side Zipper Pants and Dov's Hoody. The line will feature the release of a base/top coat, a much-requested addition that will bring an extra layer of protection and gloss to the nail lacquer.

"The first 18 colors of our nail polish line were an experiment -- we picked colors that were beautiful and didn't set out to necessarily match them with anything. For summer, we saw an opportunity not only to add a few new colors, but also to develop some fresh shades that can coordinate with the tones of our new styles. We're proud that by listening to the feedback of our employees, customers and the online community, we were able to create a summer range that incorporates their ideas and expresses the palette we presented this season," said Marsha Brady, a creative director for American Apparel.

American Apparel Nail Lacquer has been an exciting success for the company as it has expanded its aesthetic into new areas and styles. The initial run of 18 colors and 50,000 bottles quickly sold out worldwide and developed a loyal following of fashion bloggers and polish artists. By working with a California manufacturer near its headquarters in Los Angeles, American Apparel continues its commitment to the idea of Made in USA polish and hopes the new colors will be met with the same glowing reviews.

"The public has had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to our nail polish collection and we're excited about these new additions. As we translate our basics model to fashionable pieces and new kinds of products, we remain dedicated to maintaining the same level of quality and dependability that we're known for. The colors have the potential to enhance outfits in both classic and atypical ways and we're really look forward to seeing how people wear them," Brady said.

Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week coming soon

CIBELES MADRID FASHION WEEK, the grand forum for the promotion and presentation of Spanish design, an event organised by IFEMA, has established the dates for its second edition of the year. The next edition of the leading showcase for design in Spain will be staged between 17th and 22nd September in Hall 14.1 at Feria de Madrid.

In the same way as at last February's edition, CIBELES MADRID FASHION WEEK will once again take place over a period of six days, devoting the whole of its first day to the fashion parades of a series of talented young designers brought together under the umbrella of EL EGO. This initiative will be celebrating its tenth edition on this occasion. In this respect, on Friday 17th September CIBELES will present the collections of the youngest designers. The period between Saturday 18th and Tuesday 22nd will, thus, be preserved for established designers.

This edition of CIBELES will once again be based on the innovative fashion show model presented in September 2008, at which the fair presented a new organisational and staging format, as well as introducing the brand, CIBELES MADRID FASHION WEEK.The main objective of this concept, which will guide the development of CIBELES over the next few years, is to strengthen the presence of Spanish design within the context of an increasingly competitive international market. Other important new features that form part of this project, initiatives that have already been successfully implemented at previous editions, include the following: the design of two fashion parade rooms; an increase in the occupied exhibition area from 5,400 to 14,000 square metres; and the creation of an area known as CIBELESPACIO. This area features a range of different ongoing activities, such as music, live concerts, the sale of clothing creations by young designers, etc.

Furthermore in view of the warm reception that was granted to the special area for the most outstanding fashion bloggers at the last edition of the Fashion Show in February, the September edition of CIBELES MADRID FASHION WEEK will once again set aside a specific area for these opinion-leaders. This section of the event will feature all of the necessary technology in order to enable these bloggers to express their opinions regarding the participating designers and their collections, effectively addressing their corresponding groups of virtual followers with the spontaneity and special vision that characterises them. In this respect, CIBELES will reflect the growing reach and importance that the fashion blogs phenomenon has acquired both inside Spain and abroad.

Green Blossoms introduces sophisticated women’s shirts

Green Blossoms, a newly launched sustainable clothing company, introduces its line of sexy, sophisticated women’s shirts.

“I don’t consider myself a fashionista by any means, but after a long day at work, all I wanted to do was get out of my business suit and into a comfortable outfit,” says Michelle Lancaster, founder of Green Blossoms. “Many of the eco-fashion brands out now usually fall into one of several categories: printed t-shirts with social messages, or high-end and trendy designs, or yoga wear. That leaves out people in my generation, who sometimes just want a plain, simple, yet nicely fitted, flattering shirt. I know many women are like me in that they want to make environmentally conscious choices, but they still want to look good without being too trendy. We work hard all day, and sometimes we don’t want to have to work hard on our wardrobe also. These shirts were designed to do just that. Lounging around at home? These are perfect for that. Going out for drinks? Just add jeans and a blazer, maybe a necklace or scarf, and you’re set. Going for a run or yoga? Easy, just wear these over your sports bra.”

The women behind Green Blossoms treat the company as more than just a clothing line. In fact, the Green Blossoms blog is dedicated to helping women lead not just a greener lifestyle, but also healthier and happier lives. In addition to the occasional green tips and weekly do-it-yourself spa articles, Green Blossoms will be launching a new series designed to help find that work/life balance. 

Garment workers continue to protest for wage hike

Violent demonstration of Bangladeshi RMG workers is still on for wage hike, wherein hundreds of workers blocked roads in the capital city, Dhaka.

Though the government of the country and owners of garment factories have assured pay increase, garment workers have continued their protest demanding minimum monthly wage of Tk 5,000 and other financial benefits.

Around 10,000 workers working in clothing companies, including, Four Wing Clothing, Road Star, Vision Apparels, Tunic Fashion and Saroj Apparels protested by blocking Farmgate-Mirpur road for about two hours and also vandalized around 10 factories in the area.

The agitated workers also fought with policemen leading to injuries sustained by several workers.

The Labour and Employment Minister, Mosharraf Hossain assured RMG workers for increasing their basic pay levels within three months. Also, to control the situation, the garment manufacture’s association is in conversation with the workers.

During the negotiations, workers demanded for attendance allowances, overtime bills, yearly incentive and pending festival bonuses. The association promised them to provide the things they deserved as per the existing norms.

Moreover, owners of garment factories have also assured their workers that, they would offer them additional facilities if the government gives instructions in this regard to them.

Trendy and Best hairstyles for Teenagers

Teenagers always wish for different look, style and enthusiastic to experiment new hairstyles. Wide number of hairstyles exists for teenagers ranging from the sophisticated to the most wild and bizarre.

Just like fashion industry, there are trends in hair styles also that keep on changing from season to season. The important factor about trendy hairstyles is that black hair styles can easily change and match with any new hairstyle without spending hundreds of dollars.

At present with the help of some equipment like styling tools you can change your hairstyle very easily and the hairstylist can suggest teenagers a list of styles that suit his/her face shape, outfit and the occasion. All that you need to do is to spend little time (may be less than an hour) with the hairstylist to get all that you want.

Here are some of the Trendy hair styles:

Pixie Cuts: This is one of the best hairstyle for teenagers who have very short and thin hair. This pixie cut suits well for person who have black hair style. The pixie cut gives you stylish look and as well as glamour. Advantage about this hairstyle is that it is very easy to maintain and need to spend few minutes to get ready.

Sassy Bangs: Sassy bangs are versatile. This hairstyle goes with any face shape and hair length. Allowing few hair strands as bangs on your forehead can easily renew your looks.Layered: This is the best hairstyle for teenagers who love long hair. If your hair is long and if it is thin you can go in for layered hairstyles that will help to add volume to the hair. Advantage about this hairstyle is that it helps to enhance the face features.

Shaggy: At present teenagers prefer shags and both long and short shags are quite popular. This hairstyle looks really stylish only when sported with the right kind of outfit. Advantage about Shaggy hairstyle is that it is very easy to maintain.

Braided: This hairstyle is simple and has a unique charm. This hairstyle goes well with black hair style. This hot black elegant hairstyle is a class of its own.

Before trying out any different style find out which hairstyles will suit you the best. While selecting just keep the following things in mind - shape of the face and texture of your hair this will help you to determine the right kind of hairstyle.

Look out synthetics…wool is back in style

Synthetic materials are out of style. Traditional materials, such as wool, are back in fashion with a vengeance.

Wool is making a comeback! More and more, consumers are buying wool because they know that wool has the durability and longevity that makes a purchase more like an investment, and today’s man made fibers just can’t compete. Starting in the 1950’s, with the changing modern society, wool was getting a reputation for being old fashioned and hard to care for. Man-made synthetic fibers were easier to wash and care for. Wool was considered old fashioned and no longer in style. But today, wool is making its comeback. Wool has once again become attractive and fashionable.

Wool is an extraordinary material which is why Duluth Pack has decided to incorporate it in their product line. Duluth Pack has been hand making canvas and leather bags for128 years. Duluth Pack products are known for their durability, high quality, and Lifetime Guarantee. What do wool and Duluth Pack have in common? Both have been tested through the years and both prove that their durability and traditional appeal will outlast and out-perform everything else. By combining wool material with Duluth Pack quality craftsmanship, something very special has been created.

In the last few months, Duluth Pack has expanded their product line by introducing wool bags. Currently, Duluth Pack is offering women’s purses and messenger bags made out of wool. But, with a few minor adjustments, they can make almost any bag or pack out of wool. Tom Sega, Duluth Pack President, states “These wool bags have quickly become a hit with our employees and customers. Wool gives the product a very classy look, and makes it that much more versatile.”

Why wool? It is naturally water repellent, durable, and resistant to static, dust, and dirt. Wool, also a sustainable resource, is a waste product of sheep every spring. What keeps the sheep warm and dry through the winter, keeps us warm and dry after they are done with it. Wool has been used for thousands of years and still, there is nothing better.

According to Google Search Trends, wool is desired almost 5 to 1 over polyester and this number is up 20% in less than 6 years. Is it because polyester reminds us of discos and odor-filled leisure suits? Or is it because we finally realized that wool is just easier on the environment and does the job better than any synthetic fiber could ever do? Step aside synthetics, wool is what it’s all about!

RMG workers get their way. Wages to be hiked

The garment workers of Bangladesh will receive increased wages within the next three months.

Following workers’ mass protest wherein they jammed the country’s main highway, a Minister announced the wage hike for garment workers.

A new wage board of union representatives, manufacturers and industry experts, has been set up to propose new basic pay levels, in view of the mounting costs of living due to inflation, for around 2.5 million garment workers of the country.

With a minimum wage of around 1,700 taka i.e. 25 dollars a month, Bangladesh is recognized as one of the world's cheapest manufacturing country. These wages were fixed in the year 2006 after a series of deadly protests.

Around 35,000 garment workers blocked the country's main highway connecting capital Dhaka and port city of Chittagong as a protest demanding entry-level salaries at around 5,000 taka. And they said that they will continue the protest until their demands are not fulfilled.

Last year out of $15.56 billion exports from the country, about 80 percent share was accounted for by the garment sector. There are around 4,500 garment factories in the country, providing jobs to about 40 percent of country’s overall industrial workforce. 
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