A Blog by Jonathan Low


Apr 7, 2016

Ivanka Trump-Branded, Chinese-Made Scarves Recalled For Posing Fire Hazard

Every business that sub-contracts runs risks in doing so. Whatever the contract may say, not being there to oversee quality is chancy. The trade-off is usually lower cost, which translates into higher margins and greater profit.

But if there is anything the owner of a brand must understand, it is that if your name is on it, you own it, no matter how tenuous the actual supply chain relationship may be. This may be even more so when your father is running for President and routinely castigates those who manufacture outside the US. JL

Megan Friedman reports in Elle:

It seems like her fashion line might be feeling the Bern (er, burn).
Ivanka Trump may be campaigning for her dad this presidential election season, but it seems like her fashion line might be feeling the Bern (er, burn) instead. According to the Financial Times, two scarves from Ivanka's fashion line are being recalled because they pose a fire hazard. 
Two of the scarves in her collection, labeled as Beach Wave and Brushtroke Oblong, are affected by the recall. From October 2014 through January 2016, the scarves were sold at Century 21, Lord & Taylor, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Stein Mart, plus on Amazon and Loehmanns.com.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the scarves do not meet federal standards for flammability, which means they pose a "burn risk" for people wearing them. No injuries have been reported, but because of the risk, officials recommend people immediately stop wearing the scarves and return them to wherever they bought them for a full refund. If you bought one of the scarves online, you'll get an email with return instructions. 

In a statement, the Ivanka Trump Collection said it was "disappointed to learn of the need for Global Brands Group, our license partner, to recall two styles of Ivanka Trump scarves, but we are relieved that immediate action is being taken."
Donald Trump has called out U.S. businesses for manufacturing products outside the United States, even though his own clothing line, featuring suits and ties, is made in China and other countries as well. "It's very hard to have apparel made in this country," he told CNN. His platform includes a tax on Chinese and Mexican goods that are imported into the United States, in an attempt to bring manufacturing back to the country. But experts say this could lead to taxes on American goods shipped overseas, which could further drag down the U.S. economy.


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