CBS news magazine 60 Minutes aired a segment questioning what, if any, safety hazard phthalates pose. The show also included a mention of the far-reaching impact of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act on Sunday. In the piece, correspondent Lesley Stahl interviewed Dr. Shanna Swan, an epidemiologist at the University of Rochester Medical School who published a study about the adverse effects of phthalates on baby boys. The show also highlighted research by Dr.
In a survey conducted by the CB Richard Ellis Group, nearly 70 percent of retailers demonstrated retail optimism by stating they believe that the economy is improving. Ninety-two percent of respondents noted they plan to increase store openings.
Weatherproof, a 60-year-old manufacturer of adults' and children's apparel, has hired Galina Podolsky as executive vice president of merchandising for its children's division. In this role, Podolsky will oversee design, production, merchandising and sales, seeking to broaden the collection and grow the kids' business, which is reportedly the company's fastest-growing division.
CPLG, the licensing arm of Cookie Jar Entertainment, has hired industry veteran Jeff Shapiro as its new vice president of retail business development. He will promote a wide range of brands at all levels of retail, focusing on retail expansion for popular Cookie Jar brands such as Richard Scarrys Busytown, Johnny Test and Caillou, plus the Harlem Globetrotters, Strawberry Shortcake, Lucha Libre USA and Varsity. Shapiro previously held the position of vice president of retail marketing for Twentieth Century Fox.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has proposed a rule to specify that children's upper outerwear garments in sizes 2T to 12 (or the equivalent) that have neck or hood drawstrings and sizes 2T to 16 (or the equivalent) that have waist or bottom drawstrings that do not meet specified criteria have characteristics that constitute substantial product hazards.
The California Market Center (CMC) and the LA Fashion Market have shifted the dates for the Holiday/Resort 2010 trade shows by a day, meaning the upcoming market--including LA Kids Market--will take place Sunday, Aug. 8, through Wednesday, Aug. 11.
Licensing International Expo expects to see more international visitors at its upcoming edition, taking place June 8-10 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. "We are seeing an increase in delegates from across the world with very large delegations from Germany, Italy, U.K., Asia, China, Korea and Latin America," show director Liz Crawford said. "Most exhibitors are seeing a real uptick in their own meetings slated for the show."
Skechers USA has tapped French Craft Leather Goods Co. to market a line of leather goods and accessories for children and adults. The company is producing trend-driven belts, buckles, wallets and coin purses meant to complement the footwear brand that will hit retail in June. The line will be made with full-grain and split leather, suede, cotton and nylon materials and feature contemporary embellishments such as zinc-, steel- or brass-cast buckles. The products will be distributed through independent, specialty and sporting goods stores in the U.S. and Canada.