Cambodia Unions Warn of Strikes As Factories Indicate No Wage Raise
August 19, 2015

Cambodia's garment factories have indicated they will reject demands for an increase in the minimum wage next year, angering unions and risking upheaval in a crucial economic sector for years dogged by unrest.

A survey distributed among members of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, which represents more than 500 factories, showed 63 percent of members want no raise and 26 percent support only marginal increases of $1 to $5.

It comes ahead of talks next month between the government, factories and unions to address demands for a sharp increase from the current monthly $128 minimum to $177.

Adidas, Indiana University Agree to $53.6 Million Deal
August 19, 2015

Indiana University has extended its apparel contract with Adidas in a deal that will nearly double the company's annual payment to the Hoosiers from $3.7 million to $6.7 million, Fred Glass, the university's director of athletics, confirmed Monday.

According to Indiana University, the deal worth $53.6 million over eight years is one of the five richest publicly known apparel deals in college athletics.

The deal also will help the Hoosiers ensure that "crimson and cream" are the same hues across all 24 Indiana University sports.

UFC's Ronda Rousey Selling 'DNB' T-shirts for Charity
August 19, 2015

It was the acronym heard around the world.

UFC champ Ronda Rousey's now famous comments about how she refuses to be a "DNB"—"do nothing b----"—got both men and women talking about body image, and now the UFC champ is selling T-shirts with the catchphrase to raise money for charity.

Rousey explains the term, which came up as she was addressing comments that her body is "masculine," on the T-shirt's website. "I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me to not be, and I call it a do nothing b----," she said. "A DNB."

American Apparel Warns It May Go Out of Business
August 19, 2015

American Apparel has "substantial doubt" it will stay in business, the company said Monday. The clothing brand has been struggling for some time, and news it's nearing collapse came as American Apparel reported a net loss of $19.4 million for last quarter. "We believe that we may not have sufficient liquidity necessary to sustain operations for the next 12 months," the company said in a press release. It also announced plans to reorganize its debt and extend an existing line of credit from $50 million to $90 million, though it expects to post losses for the remainder of the year.

SanMar Delivers Fall Collection Featuring 120 New Products
August 12, 2015

SanMar, Issaquah, Wash., announced the launch of its latest collection, which includes more than 120 all-new styles added for fall and winter sales. These new products are available online and featured in the 2016 Apparel, Bags and Caps catalog.

Superior Uniform Group Inc. Reports Second Quarter Operating Results
August 12, 2015

Seminole, Florida-based Superior Uniform Group Inc., manufacturer of uniforms, career apparel and accessories, recently announced net sales for the 2015 second quarter increased 1.7 percent to $54.1 million, compared with 2014 second quarter net sales of $53.2 million. 

The owner of a North Shore, Mass., T-shirt company is hoping to play on that rivalry by calling out Target in a full-page Boston Herald ad on Monday, criticizing the retailer for using a New York designer in its “Local Pride” initiative.

Sully’s Brand prints and sells T-shirts with local themes—sayings such as “Free Brady” and “Believe in Boston”—and argues that Minneapolis-based Target should be using a local company like Sully’s Brand to source its own Boston-themed wear.

Taylor Swift's Clothing Line Logo 'T.S. 89' Could Create Trouble in China
August 12, 2015

Taylor Swift's clothing line, “T.S. 89,” might have to be shelved in China as it could possibly offend the emotional sentiments of the people in the country, reports suggest. “T.S. 89," which are her initials and birth year, could be interpreted as a reference to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Hundreds of Chinese were killed while participating in prodemocracy protests. China's ruling Communist Party has banned any reference to the massacre, including on social media, in books and on online media. The ban also includes mentions of the date of the event, June 4, Reuters reported.

A federal judge on Friday imposed the fine on Robert Berg Enterprises Inc., doing business as Berg Sportswear, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II. The company owner pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods in June 2014, Delahanty said.

Prosecutors said the company is a screen printing business that prints, markets and sells items of apparel that bear trademarks and other logos.