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Face mask mode: Cuban Quinceaneras in the coronavirus era | Instant News

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban girls turn facial masks into fashion accessories for their quinceanera photoshoot, design them to fit their 15th birthday party outfits – both because of safety concerns and to show how they grew up during the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: Estefani Linares walks during a photo session for her quinceanera (aged 15 years) during a celebration amid coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading concern, in Havana, Cuba, July 15, 2020. REUTERS / Alexandre Meneghini

Cuba made face masks mandatory in public spaces since the outbreak and praised them for helping to spread the corona virus on the island. On Monday it was registered zero new cases nationally.

When the country reduces lock restrictions, facial masks even become part of the celebration of quinceanera – the transition to femininity that is common throughout Latin America – which usually includes shooting with many glamorous ensembles.

“I have to design my face mask to match my clothes and so that all colors can function,” said the birthday girl, Sofia Valenzuela, between shooting the beach in a light white dress.

“Facial masks are very important because they mark an important stage in my life, this three-month pandemic.”

Valenzuela did some maskless photography – like the one on the beach – and others with, especially in urban spaces.

In one, for example, he posed in front of a Havana wall covered in colorful graffiti while wearing a black top, black and white checkered miniskirt, and matching face masks.

The tailor, Migdalaixis Sanchez, said he connected black and white stripes to make material for cloth masks. Some stores are still closed after the locking caused by Coronavirus so making a suitable mask is not always easy.

“I have to innovate,” he said. “You must please those who celebrate their quinceanera.”

Photographer Manuel Padron, who has shot quinceaneras for more than 10 years, said the girls wore face masks – called “nasobuco” or “nose-mouth” in Cuban Spanish – eye-catching “as if they were part of the whole show. ”

The birthday girl, Thaidelen Gonzalez said it was also just about being cautious.

“The photos will be fine so wearing a mask and taking care of yourself is not too heavy,” he said.

Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien


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British MPs, retailers call for action to prevent the exploitation of garment workers | Instant News

LONDON (Reuters) – A group of 50 British MPs, retailers such as Marks & Spencer and New Look, and investors and NGOs on Monday called for immediate action to prevent the exploitation of garment factory workers in Britain.

Their joint letter, which was coordinated by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) industry lobby group and addressed to the interior minister Priti Patel, requested the introduction of a garment factory legal license to ensure they all met their legal obligations to employees.

The letter was published after recent media reports about workers who were paid below the minimum wage, were not given personal protective equipment (PPE) and worked in unsafe conditions.

The UK minimum wage is 8.72 pounds ($ 10.95) for people over 25 years and 8.20 pounds for people aged 21 to 24 years.

The BRC said it and its members have long called for greater law enforcement by the authorities to support the actions taken by retailers to ensure fair treatment of workers and to encourage businesses to invest in British fashion manufacturing.

“Recent reports in the media indicate the need for immediate action before more workers are utilized,” said BRC CEO Helen Dickinson.

The letter said the proposed licensing scheme would protect workers from forced labor and ill-treatment, ensure tax payments and create an equal playing field for businesses to compete fairly by preventing rogue producers from lowering prices.

This will also encourage retailers to get their clothing from the UK, supporting the development of this industry.

Signatory retailers include ASOS (ASOS.L), Walmart (WMT.N) owned by Asda, M&S (MKS.L), Morrisons (MRW.L), N Brown (BWNG.L), Joules (JOUL.L), New Look, River and Matalan Islands.

Online fashion retailer Boohoo (BOOH.L) is not a signatory. He wrote his own letter to Patel on Friday supporting the licensing scheme.

“We fully support the BRC and other proposals regarding the need to apply permits according to the law of the garment factory owner and manager,” said a spokesman for Boohoo.

Signatory investors include Allianz Global Investors, Columbia Thread Investments, Fidelity International, Jupiter Asset Management and Schroders Investment Management.

Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Alexandra Hudson


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Ferragamo Italia raised prices by 5-7% to stem the impact of COVID-19 | Instant News

Logo of the Italian luxury fashion house logo Salvatore Ferragamo seen in a shop in Zurich, Switzerland October 26, 2016. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann

MILAN (Reuters) – Salvatore Ferragamo has raised prices for a range of luxury goods by 5% to 7% to stem the decline in revenue and profits due to a drop in demand during the coronavirus crisis, the Italian fashion group confirmed on Wednesday.

The changes, which will be applied in all regions, have not yet been announced by the company but the spokesman confirmed the information from the source with knowledge of the problem.

This step follows similar steps by other luxury brands and aims to “reduce contraction in store traffic and increase logistics and retail management costs caused by the pandemic,” the source said.

The coronavirus emergency has complicated management’s efforts to turn around good skin makers, who last year returned to sales growth for the first time since 2015.

In the first three months of 2020, Ferragamo sales fell by almost a third and the group is expected to provide an update on the second quarter sales trend on July 28.

Two weeks ago, Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli said that the installation costs had forced the company to raise prices by a single digit.

Italian brands have joined forces with competitors such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel in the rising price list to limit the impact of locking and slowing tourist traffic caused by the epidemic, which greatly affects the results of the entire industry.

Reporting by Claudia Cristoferi, editing by Maria Pia Quaglia, Editing by William Maclean


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UPDATE 1 – Cucinelli Italia sees a 10% decline in sales in 2020, to donate unsold stock | Instant News

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July 14 (Reuters) – Italian Brunello Cucinelli expects to limit this year’s sales decline caused by the coronavirus crisis to 10% and says it will sell 30 million euros ($ 34 million) worth of unsold clothing, which will be donated for humanitarian purposes.

Cucinelli, the first Italian luxury group to update the market in the second quarter performance, said sales fell 30% in the first six months but were expected to recover in the second half.

“Already today, we can imagine a positive third and fourth quarter that will result in a mild decline in the 2020 turnover of around 10%,” Chairman Brunello Cucinelli said in a statement.

He said annual sales growth in 2021 was estimated at 15%. This compares with 9% annual growth in 2019.

The impact of locking in April to June is greater than the first three months of 2020, when group income fell by only 2.9% due to Cucinelli’s limited exposure to China where the crisis erupted in late 2019.

Sales in China have risen since locking there died down, the company said, while there is a positive outlook in Europe and the United States, the main market for the $ 1,000 Cucinelli trademark plus cashmere sweaters, with orders for the 2020 fall and winter collections confirmed.

The group said it had decided to order extraordinary supplies for writedown supplies of around 30 million euros for items not sold due to the coronavirus crisis. It said this would be donated for humanitarian purposes.

“We have a number of important products that are important over the first semester, we do not want to present them back in 2021 because we worry that it will damage the contemporary image of the brand,” Cucinelli said at a conference call.

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Reporting by Claudia Cristoferi; Editing by Silvia Aloisi and Edmund Blair


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British fashion label, Quiz is suspending suppliers because of wage allegations | Instant News

LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) – British fashion retailer Quiz said on Monday that it had suspended activities with suppliers following media reports that the supplier did not meet the legal minimum wage requirements at one of its factories in the city of Leicester, England.

After accusations of poor working conditions at online fashion retailer Boohoo, The Times reported Saturday that workers at a factory in the city had been offered at least 3 pounds ($ 3.80) per hour to make clothes for the Quiz.

The UK minimum wage is 8.72 pounds for people over 25 years.

Quiz said he was investigating the allegations, saying the situation would be “truly unacceptable” if proven to be accurate.

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