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“Oh, that one. The cream alpaca. I’d wanted to have a beautiful overcoat. I’d made some money from a job, and I saw this wonderful material at a tailor’s. And when they told me Rex Harrison had one made from the same material, I knew I wanted one, too. I liked the idea of dressing like a successful actor.”

He laughed self deprecatingly. “I was only 29.”

Now, at 42, Jeremy does more than just dress like a successful actor. Recently nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Claus von Bulow in “Reversal of Fortune,” he has appeared on stage, television and film on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s also earned a reputation for playing some of the most intriguing, if sometimes sinister, of men: von Bulow; the twisted twin gynecologists in David Cronenberg’s “Dead Ringers,” and the frustrated Charles Swann in “Swann in Love,” Volker Schlondorff’s adaptation of Proust. Soon he will add another name to this distinctive list: “Kafka,” the new film by Steve Soderbergh (“Sex, Lies and Videotape”), expected to be released later this year, in which he plays the title role. He no longer worries about the trappings of fame, alpaca or otherwise.

“The first time I wore it, this big and luxurious overcoat, a friend of mine asked me if my mother minded that I was wearing her coat. The nanny has it now,” added Jeremy, who is married to the actress Sinead Cusack and has two sons. “It really suits her, because she’s blonde.”

Jeremy and I first met in 1978, when I was preparing to direct “Brideshead Revisited,” the television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel. He had come to talk to me and the producer, Derek Granger, about playing Sebastian, the young and irreverent scion of the Brideshead clan. I’d already seen him on stage, playing a randy younger brother in the Restoration comedy “Wild Oats,” and thought, with his great sense of comic style and lanky good looks, he would be a wonderful Sebastian. But as things will turn out in our business, when, for lots of reasons, we couldn’t find another actor to play Charles Ryder, the narrator, we all agreed that maybe that was the part for Jeremy, mainly because when the camera is on him and he is not speaking, something is going on in his head, and with Charles, that was a vital ingredient.

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“I sometimes think Bill Hurt is my American counterpart,” Jeremy said. “We both appear sensitive and have a dollop of femininity, and we both look as though we seem to be thinking. I suppose we are.”

As we went on with our meal, I realized, having asked the question about the overcoat, that style is not the same thing as fashion. A person’s style has more to do with his individuality than just what he’s wearing. Other memories of Jeremy were important. They told me more about his style than the fact that, on the night we had dinner, he was wearing a flecked brown three piece suit he had had for 20 years, a red striped shirt and a white silk tie.

For instance, early on in “Brideshead,” when we were in Oxford shooting some undergraduate scenes, I and some others went out with Jeremy during a day off to the river where he loves to punt. Punting is like being a gondolier, standing up in a narrow boat and maneuvering the craft with a long pole. It was a hot day, and Jeremy took off his shirt. I had been hoping that the actor who played Charles would have one of those scrawny, typically pale English bodies, but what I saw was the muscular torso and powerful shoulders and arms of a rugby player, which is what he had been at school.

As his work on “Brideshead” progressed, he continued to surprise me with qualities I hadn’t expected, which is partly, I think, what style is. On some days, because of locations and logistics, Jeremy would be playing a callow drunken boy in the morning, and then, in the afternoon, would have to be a world weary 40 year old buffeted by a marriage gone wrong and an affair with his dead friend’s sister. In both scenes, he’d be perfect in one or two takes, and the only thing he’d done between these two bits of acting, which seemed instinctive, but were, somewhere in his brain, starting to connect with “Brideshead’s” gigantic whole, was to have a big lunch and smoke a cigar.

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I don’t know where Jeremy got his extraordinary daily acting strengths. But you never do know with the good ones. It’s just there, and you’re surprised that that’s what comes out, that original thing you haven’t seen before. And it turns out that Jeremy has always been an original, dating back to his days at Sherborne, one of the proper English public schools.

“It’s funny,” Jeremy said, the spaghetti plate mopped up, coffee ordered and on his second Silk Cut cigarette. “I see my older son, Sam, now, just as I was at school, going through the same things, being a good athlete, playing cricket and tennis, riding, skiing in the winter, and trying to figure out what he wants to do with himself. Those are good but hard years.”

He paused a moment. “At school, I always liked pushing the system any way I could. I partly, funnily enough, did it through clothes. We had a regulation gray suit and I managed to get mine lined with gold or burgundy material. The school didn’t like the lining they saw it as subversive but I was wearing their suit, so they couldn’t do anything about it.”

So style, I thought, is something you come to for reasons other than just a liking for clothes something distinct from fashion, to do with your character.

As Jeremy and I were on our second espresso (Would he like a drink? No, he was driving), another memory from an entirely different time and place seemed to fit with the idea I was trying to formulate about him and what makes his style. When I was a boy growing up in New York, my stepfather used to take me out to the stadium to see the Yankees play. Their second baseman from 1949 to 1951 was Jerry Coleman, and in a period when a lot of other Major Leaguers were starting to wear their uniform pants long and baseball socks short, he wore his like ballplayers from a decade earlier, his socks almost up to his knees. I suppose that’s how he thought a New York Yankee should look. But for those who saw him play, the reason you remember his appearance, his style, is because you remember his playing; his agility and uncommon grace in the field, the deftness as he’d start the double play with Phil Rizzuto. It was not unlike watching Jeremy do what he does best.

“Do you think much about clothes now?” I asked him.

“Not really. I love Armani, because of his fabrics and his cut. And I think, if you can have them, good clothes are the only clothes, but you should wear them, not save them. A good suit isn’t for a special day, it’s for every day.

“What I do think about is how I’d like to play my first American or another non English character,” he continued. “I like to stretch myself. I think actors should be chameleons, but with your own innate personality. Do you remember ‘Tootsie?’ ” He paraphrased from the film’s opening montage: ” ‘I can be taller, shorter, darker, fairer, balder, whatever the part demands.’ That’s what I think about.
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She told one female cabin crew member that she was ‘fg ugly’Lauren warned another that she was about to go ballistic, a trial heardWhen a pilot intervened Lauren turned on him and called him an ‘ae

The plane was delayed two hours and the diversion cost Delta Airlines 26,000 lawyer told the court that her client’s behavior was out of character

The court heard Ms Topping went to

brief her supervisor Jennifer Simpson at the top of the plane and Lauren, who was not a first class passenger,

nevertheless followed her through first class and in to the galley ‘at speed’ where

she ranted, roared and shouted incoherently.

Insp Kennedy said: ‘Passengers were getting concerned and standing up out of their seats. She

told the air hostess she was going to go ballistic and pushed the air

hostess hard and she hit her back against the wall of the aircraft.’

He revealed

her frightening experience continued with Lauren calling Ms Topping a

‘f ugly, blonde bh’ and Ms Simpson a ‘fat ugly, unhappy, blondeWhen a pilot on a rest break in the cabin intervened he was told ‘you’re an ae’ by the defendant, Mr Kennedy added.

The flight had to be diverted almost 400 miles back to Shannon Airport, with the abuse continuing for more than an hour until touchdown when Lauren was arrested by gardai.

Lauren, dressed in a black jumper, burgundy velvet skirt and boots, did not speak during the hearing and looked back to her friends for reassurance as the details were outlined to the packed courtroom.

On touchdown officers noted she was incoherent and smelt of alcohol, despite airline crew stating she drank little or no alcohol on board.

When arrested under caution at the airport she replied: ‘Can you say that in English please?’ She later claimed she thought she had landed in Spain.

More than 200 passengers and crew were on board the flight when the air rage incident took place.

The diversion cost Delta 43,158 US dollars (31,770 euros/26,269).

Ms solicitor, Sharon Curley, said that her actions on the aircraft were ‘bizarre’ and completely out of character.

She said Lauren has little memory of the incident despite only consuming three alcoholic drinks.

‘My client is extremely embarrassed and extremely upset by her actions,’ Ms Curley said, offering her apologies to the airline crew, passengers and gardai.
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Depending on how long you’ve lived in Santa Fe, you might remember when Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, the Gap, and other chain apparel stores were steps from the Plaza. Their sale racks became a lunch hour staple of mine when I hit my twenties, starting when a co worker introduced me to the CP Shades annual New Year’s sale in 1996. For just one week, everything in the store cost about $20, which brought on a wonderful mess of excited women trying on everything in sight, the floors heaped with piles of comfy silks and linens.

All of those stores are gone. Now, a couple decades on, pricey boutiques and touristy T shirt shops are plentiful, but there isn’t much else in the way of affordable clothing stores downtown. Of course I’ve heard the old refrain about how Santa Fe is so unique, so special why would we need chain stores here that would make us just like everywhere else? It’s doubtful Santa Fe will ever really be like anywhere else, but we need these stores because most people who live here need clothes for work and casual occasions and like everywhere else, these fashions tend to be found most inexpensively in corporate chain stores. A mall that features such stores can solve a host of problems for people who don’t enjoy shopping online where fit and quality are hit or miss and who don’t think traveling to Albuquerque should be required to find a decent pair of jeans.

The malls in Santa Fe have long struggled to offer us adequate shopping options. Twenty years ago, Santa Fe Place (4250 Cerrillos Road) was called Villa Linda Mall. Villa Linda had a bustling food court with a double decker carousel in the center. There was a video arcade and a Waldenbooks. The major chain stores weren’t plentiful, but there were choices. (My mainstay was New York Company, which closed years ago.) Somewhere along the way, the carousel disappeared and the arcade closed, as did Orange Julius. Villa Linda became Santa Fe Place, though I’ve never met anyone who actually calls it that. The mall has undergone some recent renovation, which has brightened it a bit, but numerous empty stores make it feel like a mall in decline. The Gap closed several months ago, and the long shuttered Hollister, with its built out entrance reminiscent of a surf shack, beckons like a haunted house. The food court now has just a handful of restaurants. My visit turned surreal when I realized there was a children’s trolley, mostly empty, zooming through the mall, and a few kids rode miniature electric horses dispiritedly around the vast empty space near the food court. Standing amid the unlikely traffic of this ghost trolley, the old carousel’s absence was conspicuous and sad.

But Santa Fe Place is not without value. There are plenty of clothing stores for teenagers, from casual to formal, and several places to buy athletic shoes. armed forces at a recruiting station. Boot Barn formerly Western Warehouse has an excellent stock of Carhartt pants and jackets, flannel shirts, and work boots for men. There is a halfway decent array of women’s cowboy boots, but the women’s jeans come only in junior sizes, and most had rhinestones and other kinds of stitching and appliqu on the pockets not exactly my style. I was looking for no nonsense plain pocketed boot cut jeans, like the kind in which I imagine a woman could actually ride a horse. Penney and Dillard’s have a wide variety of styles in men’s and women’s apparel at a range of prices, including frequent and deep sales at Penney’s. I bought the perfect winter jacket at Penney’s for 70 percent off, and I’m still thinking about its dress section. Maxx than a department store, and the Dillard’s entrance from the parking lot greeted me with broken, dusty, and empty display shelves leftover from the holiday season.

The DeVargas Center’s inside mall (546 N. Guadalupe St.), once as empty as Santa Fe Place, is experiencing a renaissance due to the upcoming closing of most of Sanbusco Market Center in the Railyard. Many of your favorite Sanbusco stores are in the process of relocating to DeVargas, and by late spring nearly every spacein the mall will be occupied. According to various proprietors, this hasn’t been the case in decades. Post Office. You can also buy handmade paper, fresh squeezed juice, incense, clothes, and crafts from a variety of cultures. There are several restaurants at DeVargas, as well as Las Cosas, a kitchenware store that offers cooking classes. The UA DeVargas movie theater, despite competition from young upstart Violet Crown, still attracts a crowd. And though DeVargas could stand a remodel, it’s clean and smells pleasant.

My favorite DeVargas discovery was Blessings, a Tibetan owned cooperative that sells the wares of 40 local vendors. Items range from locally made beauty products to silk kimonos and fine art. There is a real community spirit at DeVargas that seems to be growing as the mall fills, and I found things to buy that I didn’t know I was looking for, which seems key for a mall. Customers should be inspired to browse and window shop, not just run in and out for a pre determined errand.

I was unsuccessful in my search for jeans at the Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe (8380 Cerrillos Road), despite the existence of a Levi’s store there. A full range of men’s styles and sizes were available, but the women’s side of the store offered sizes only through about an 8, with most options sized for juniors and just one style that wasn’t “skinny.” (An inquiry about this unusually narrow sizing policy left on Levi’s corporate Facebook page went unanswered.) Guess and Tommy Hilfiger have stores there, as do Ann Taylor LOFT, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Eddie Bauer, all places that sell jeans but the designer stores are still expensive, despite their location at an outlet mall.

The Fashion Outlets tend to contract and expand every few years, and lately the number of stores has been shrinking. Merrell, with its sturdy walking shoes and boots, is well suited to Santa Fe, and if you really need to get fancy for work, Brooks Brothers has you covered. Women can find undergarments galore at the Hanes store, where there’s always a sale. Under Armour seems like a good idea in theory, but the prices of its exercise clothes don’t dip far below full retail, and the music in there can be very loud.

There is one store that stands out from all the rest at the Fashion Outlets: the Costume Salon. You may have seen the sign advertising “Steampunk” in the entrance and assumed the store was some outlet mall version of Hot Topic. It’s not. Proprietor Julie Anderson and artist Stan Solomon have run the Costume Salon for eight years. It’s part art gallery, part costume shop, and part funky jewelry store, among other things. The enormous selection of upcycled vintage paste pieces are all made by Anderson, as are the delicate masks, and artsy handbags. Anderson is fascinating, and I kept finding things to take my mind off my fruitless quest for denim. Entering the Costume Salon is like walking into an antique curios store run by a good witch with a long history in the theater and a thousand stories to tell. If you haven’t been, you should go.

In a town this size, where stores and restaurants open and close fairly quickly, there is more to shopping locally than supporting small businesses. Brick and mortar chain stores not their online equivalents provide jobs for locals and contribute to the economy. Unfortunately, as we have seen in the case of the Gap, Old Navy, and other stores that are ubiquitous elsewhere and struggle here, such stores will close when their profits drop a few percentage points, and then I’m stuck heading to Albuquerque for jeans again. I have an idealistic theory that the more we shop at the local malls, the more they will thrive. If we embrace our inner mallrats and keep shopping there, the stores may just come to us.
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Her story: Jennifer “Jenny” Ayd, 29, grew up in Baltimore. She is a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her mother, Elaine C. Ayd, is a secretary and her father, Gregory J. Ayd, is a general contractor and owner of Quadrant Construction.

His story: John “Jack” Linehan, 33, grew up in Baltimore. He is an attorney at Ober Kaler. His mother, Michelle P. Linehan, is a research administrator at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and his father, Michael J. Linehan, is an architect at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Their story: Jenny and Jack met in October 2008 at a bar on Cross Street in Federal Hill.

“We were in the same group of friends and most of us met playing rec league sports in the city,” says Jack.

The proposal: Jack proposed to Jenny on May 13, 2012, with a brilliant cut solitaire diamond ring in a cathedral setting from Radcliffe Jewelers.

“He’d planned a picnic at Sherwood Gardens. It was really sweet,” says Jenny. “I got everything set up and when I turned around, he was down on one knee and he asked me to marry him.”

The venue: About 150 guests attended the ceremony at St. Ignatius Church of Baltimore, and the Rev. William J. Watters presided.

“We are both members of St. Ignatius, so it was a pretty easy choice, and we are very fond of Father Watters,” says Jenny.

Her dress: Jenny wore a lace empire waist A line dress with cap sleeves by Casablanca Bridal from Gamberdella Bridal Salon in Baltimore. She wore earrings from Nordstrom and shoes by Kate Spade, along with a bracelet that belonged to her mom for “something borrowed.”

“One of my bridesmaids gave me a handkerchief with the letter ‘J’ on it for my ‘something blue,'” she says.

Bridesmaids’ dresses: The bridesmaids wore fit and flare navy dresses by Bill Levkoff from Gamberdella.

Men’s apparel: Jack wore his own Polo Ralph Lauren tuxedo, and the groomsmen wore their own dark suits and ties from J. Crew.

Flowers: James Paulus of Michael Designs Florist in Annapolis used a variety of white flowers, such as anemones, roses and hydrangeas for Jenny’s bouquet, blue hydrangeas for the bridesmaids’ bouquets and roses for the boutonnieres.

Reception: Jenny and Jack selected the Center Club overlooking the Inner Harbor because of its “amazing and unique view.”

Special touch: Local artist Laura Condouris created a map for the programs and a signature book for the reception.

“We both have a thing for maps,” says Jenny. “The map highlighted specific locations important to us, such as Sherwood Gardens, the church, the reception, where we work, and the Ravens and Orioles stadiums since we’re both local sports fans.”

Entertainment: Bryan George Music Services of Washington played during the cocktail hour and reception. The couple’s first dance was to “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison.

Dessert: Patisserie Poupon in Baltimore created the traditional tiered cake, which was chocolate hazelnut with vanilla frosting and fresh strawberries.

“Growing up, I had a neighbor I used to baby sit who had autism and a cousin who has autism, so it’s close to my heart,” says Jenny.
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JCPenney’s launch next week of the Polo Ralph Lauren inspired American Living brand is set to receive the biggest marketing push in the company’s history.

The launch includes dedicated catalogs and a microsite in addition to the usual complement of national TV and print ads.

“Bringing brands like American Living into JCPenney’s merchandise assortment is a key part of the company’s strategy and provides a new reason for customers to discover all that JCPenney has to offer,” she continued. “Something on the scale of American Living really has the opportunity to elevate the overall JCPenney brand.”

At a time that many retailers are reporting declining sales and cutbacks in the face of a faltering economy, JCPenney is hoping American Living can help build some excitement around shopping at the multichannel merchant.

Last month, JCPenney said that it would cut jobs, close a call center and combine merchandising and marketing functions for its retail and direct businesses, moves that the retailer said it had planned before the current economic slowdown.

The retailer’s latest financial results showed a fourth quarter decline in same store sales of 3.6%, while total sales fell 4%. Financial analysts had predicted a greater loss margin. Total sales for the four week period fell 17% to $1.16 billion from $1.39 billion during the same period last year. Same store sales fell 1.1% and total sales were nearly flat at $19.86 billion, from $19.9 billion last year.

American Living was developed with Polo Ralph Lauren’s Global Brand Concepts division for the largest segment of JCPenney’s customer base, the classic traditional lifestyle customer. As the main focus of JCPenney’s spring marketing campaign, American Living will be featured in ads during the Academy Awards on February 24.

Hispanic customers are the first wave of consumers to be targeted with the new brand. They will see a preview beginning February 21 in ads appearing on Univision. Print ads in top consumer magazines will follow in March.

Photographer and filmmaker Bruce Webber directed the TV ads, which include a 60 second anthem spot featuring the tagline “JCPenney is American Living for family and home.”

This spot will run on major networks as well as during previews for PG and PG 13 movies in US cinemas. There are also 30 second spots that will feature men’s, women’s and home merchandise from the collection.

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Thompson, 72, of Rye, NY, passed away on October 7th at the Branford Hospice in CT after a long and courageous battle with illness. He is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Stephanie Acunto Thompson; his daughter, Amanda Thompson Fernandes and two grandchildren, Jeff and Holly; his brother and sister in law, Dr. and Mrs. Roger Thompson of Saint Clair, Michigan and their three daughters, Annie, Elizabeth Emily; and many relatives and friends. Born in Pontiac, Michigan in 1942, Jim was the son of the late Mr. William E. and Mrs. Mildred Bettinger Thompson. Jim grew up in Rochester, Michigan and, after attending California State University at Fullerton, returned to Michigan to partner in a men’s clothing store pursuing his lifelong interest in men’s style and clothing. He was offered a job at SK Polo Partners a joint venture partnership will Polo/Ralph Lauren. He sold his business and moved into his new role as part of their marketing sales team. As the brand gained popularity, Jim was asked to join Polo’s Flagship store on Madison Ave and relocated to NY. Jim had many varied interests a passion for rare and collectible sports cars, gourmet cuisine, competitive sports and, after retirement, staying on as an expert consultant in Men’s Design and Syle. A special thanks to his great and true friend, Steve Schevers, who relocated to Rye for the past few months to help Jim and Stephanie during this most trying period. The wake will be held at Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY on October 13th, 2:00 5:00 PM and 7:00 9:00 PM. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Ocotber 14th at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4 Fountain Square, Larchmont, NY. Donations can be made to Jansen Hospice in Scarsdale, NY or to Conn. Hospice in Branford, Ct.
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MILANTop Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana should be jailed for two and a half years for alleged tax evasion, a Milan prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Dolce and Gabbana are accused of not declaring taxes on royalties of about $1.29 billion in one of the few high profile tax cases to go to court in Italy.

The designers, who count pop singer Madonna and model Naomi Campbell among their clients and draw inspiration from Italy life style of the 1950s, have denied the charges.

Prosecutors say the two sold the D and Dolce brands to shell company Gado, set up in 2004 in Luxembourg, to avoid paying taxes in Italy where corporate tax rates are some of the highest in the world.

Prosecutor Gaetano Ruta said on Wednesday Dolce and Gabbana were the people who benefited most from the operation. was 80% controlled by D srl which was owned 50% each by Dolce and Gabbana, Ruta said.

Italy last government launched a clampdown on tax dodgers that featured highly publicised police raids on wealthy individuals, and across Europe and beyond governments are chasing businesses to pay fair returns on their profits.

Previous tax cases involving celebrities in Italy have led to out of court settlements.

In 2000, the late opera singer Luciano Pavarotti paid more than $12 million in back taxes while former MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi agreed to pay $51 million to Italy tax agency in 2008.
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MILANItaly Tax Commission has fined fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana $441 million for tax evasion.

The decision confirmed to Reuters by Italy tax agency on Tuesday relates to payments the agency says should have been made when the designers sold their D and Dolce Gabbana brands to their own Luxembourg based holding company GADO in 2004.

Dolce and Gabbana, known for their Sicily inspired style, were not available for comment on Tuesday, though they have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

“GADO operated as an hoc safe, an operation to carry out illicit international fiscal planning aimed at saving taxes,” the Tax Commission said in its February ruling, which was filed on March 20 and first surfaced in the Italian media on Saturday.

The designers can ask to have the fine suspended until they exhaust the appeal process.

“The fact is that I didn do anything!” Gabbana said on Twitter on Saturday.

Fans of the designers voiced their support on Twitter, some encouraging them to leave Italy, others urging them to fight to clear their names.

Dolce and Gabbana are also facing a separate criminal trial in Milan relating to the same case. Neither have yet appeared in court and the trial is expected to continue for months.

Previous tax cases involving celebrities in Italy have led to out of court settlements.

In 2000 the late opera singer Luciano Pavarotti paid more than $12 million in back taxes, while former MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi agreed to pay $51 million to Italy tax agency in 2008 after a lengthy investigation.
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He is on the Forbes list of billionaires. The Ralph Lauren firm physically produces nothing: It is a design, marketing and licensing operation that hires factories to make its stuff. Olympic team deal since 2008. A men’s team shirt costs $425 and a woman’s skirt $498. Special Forces and a T shirt each cost $55. Perhaps it is the high unemployment rate or the in your face patriotism induced by an election year, but the news that Lauren’s prep chic outfits are made in China has produced a rare bipartisan storm of criticism.

Lost in the wind of words is what should be central to the question of sourcing: conditions for the workers. If China’s workers were sharing in the full fruits of growth, we would have a much smaller volume of American clothing made there. As it is, more than 98% of the dollar value of the Ralph Lauren clothing line is made abroad, much of it in China.

Without more disclosure from the company as to which firms and factories make its goods, we can know only that Chinese apparel workers earn, officially, somewhere between 93 cents to just over $1 an hour; unofficially, they are often paid less than the official minimum, which varies by province and city. Days off are rare, despite laws that entitle them to one day off a week. A late 2011 investigation by China Labor Watch of factories producing for major American brands found employees who said they worked 30 days a month. There is a reason for this: Because wages fall so far behind rising living costs, workers need overtime pay to survive.

Many other abuses are common in China’s export factories. Workers are housed in dorms where conditions are often crowded and the food poor. The first month’s wages are often withheld, so if the workers quit because of bad conditions, they must forfeit a month’s wages. There is no right to form independent unions in China; only theCommunist Party’sAll China Federation of Trade Unions is permitted, and it is usually a part of management,
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not responsible (or even known) to the workers. Exhaustion haunts the factory floors of China’s export sector, and since last year, allegations of suicides caused by desperation have received worldwide attention. Olympic Committee could do some simple things to remove the shadow over their respective images. The company could disclose the locations where the Olympic teams’ clothing is made. It could invite the premier workers’ rights monitoring institution, the Worker Rights Consortium, to inspect these factories. It could agree to abide by the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium’s Model Code of Conduct, which has three states (Maine, New York and Pennsylvania) and 16 cities (including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Seattle) committed to fair competition through sweatshop free purchasing. Olympic Committee, as a quasi public body, could join one or both consortiums to make sure its logo gear is sweatshop free, wherever it is made.

Olympic athletes will wear their gear at the peak of world attention, clothed by a billionaire’s company hired by a committee of notables. Toiling at the bottom of the pyramid, for meager pay and under terrible conditions, are those who cut, sew, press and pack the clothing. “Faster, Higher,
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Stronger”: The Olympic motto might be a good pledge for improved labor conditions in the world’s sweatshops.

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July 13, 2000By CHELSEA EMERY Bloomberg News

NEW YORK Tim Ghriskey’s wife, Lisa, designed sweaters for Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. for six years. Not even that can persuade him to own the stock, though. The senior portfolio manager at Dreyfus Corp. dumped shares of the clothing designer a month and a half after buying them in the company’s 1997 initial public offering.

Ghriskey also unloaded all his shares of shoe designer Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. in May. He’s not the only investor casting off fashion stocks. Shareholders have fled former high flying stocks such as Tommy Hilfiger Corp. as fashions changed and, in some cases, investors forecast declining profits.

“I have problems with the fashion group because brands come and go, and these are based on the image of the founder,” said Ghriskey, whose firm also formerly owned shares of Donna Karan International Inc. “People don’t live forever, and they aren’t in style forever.”

That makes fashion shares risky for long term investors. Tommy Hilfiger, for example, returned an average of 37 percent a year from 1993 to 1996 and surged another 70 percent in 1998 as its trademark red, white and blue labeled casual khaki pants and T shirts caught the eye and wallets of young adults. Since its peak in 1999,
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though, the shares have fallen 79 percent.

New York based Ralph Lauren’s high came on its second day of trading, and the shares have since declined 48 percent. Though Lauren’s trademark polo logo still has some cachet with customers, the stock does not. It has dropped 1.5 percent this year.

Donna Karan, a New York company known for its line of upscale women’s suits, peaked the first day the company traded publicly in 1996. Shares since have sunk 76 percent.

“If you’re not hot, people don’t buy the clothes, and it kills the stock,” said Tim Bui, who helps oversee about $5 billion for PPM America Inc. and owns Liz Claiborne Inc. shares.

Hong Kong based Tommy Hilfiger has sunk 63 percent this year as customers turned toward more conservative casual clothes and investors became wary of the company’s profit outlook.

“Tommy got caught in a fashion movement, and now they just don’t have it,” said Susan Byrne, who helps manage the Gabelli Westwood Equity Fund. “By nature, [apparel manufacturers] are cyclical stocks.

“People don’t pay high premiums for companies whose growth isn’t perceived to be consistent and stable for good reason.” Byrne said her fund holds shares of jewelry retailer Tiffany Co.,
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though it doesn’t own Tommy Hilfiger.