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8 die in clothing factory fire in Bangladesh as Rana Plaza toll passes 900

Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory in Bangladesh, police and an industry association official said on Thursday, as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building two weeks ago climbed above 900. The fire, in an industrial district of Dhaka, comes amid global attention on safety standards in Bangladesh's booming garment industry f...


Bangladesh building collapse toll rises to 433

Bangladeshi Garment Factory Collapse - AP

Rescuers found more bodies in the concrete debris of a collapsed garment factory building Thursday and authorities say it may take another five days to clear the rubble. In addition to the 433 confirmed dead, police report that 149 people are still missing in what has become the worst disaster for Bangladesh’s $20 billion-a-year garment industry.


Big brands rejected Bangladesh factory safety plan

Bangladesh Building Collapsed - AP

As Bangladesh reels from the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a building collapse, the refusal of global retailers to pay for strict nationwide factory inspections is bringing renewed scrutiny to an industry that has profited from a country notorious for its hazardous workplaces and subsistence-level wages.


Many trapped in Bangladesh building rubble as toll climbs to 187

Bangladesh Building Collapsed - Reuters

Survivors from a building that collapsed in Bangladesh killing at least 187 mainly women workers described hearing a deafening crack before the complex housing factories supplying Western clothes retailers crashed down in a matter of seconds.


Video: She found success as a male model

Casey Legler

Hear Olympian Casey Legler explain how she became the first woman to be signed exclusively as a male model.


Colombia firm makes armored clothes for kids

Armored Kids Clothe

A Colombian firm that makes bulletproof vests is now creating armored clothing for children.


Turning $5,000 into $1 billion with panties

Sara Blakely

From a woman who sold fax machines door-to-door to creating a world-famous range of shaping bodywear worn by celebrities, Sara Blakely's career trajectory has been anything but usual. No Ivy-League MBA in sight, Blakely has helmed Spanx, a company that produces slimming bodywear -- bras, panties and more -- to a presence in more than 50 countries and an estimated value of over $1 billion, according to Forbes. With product names such as "Bra-lellulah" and headquarters complete with boudoir-like red walls, Blakely's empire is the opposite of corporate. Even the inspiration behind her privately-held company is like no other -- her own rear.


Chinese maker of U.S. Olympic uniforms baffled by backlash

Olympic Uniforms

Li Guilian has built Dayang Trands into a $300-million company that tailors clothing for some of the world's most famous brands and powerful people... Dayang is also the manufacturer behind those snappy blue blazers and white slacks designed by Ralph Lauren for this year's U.S. Olympic team... The dust-up comes at a time when American unemployment remains stubbornly high, fueling tension over China's massive trade imbalance with the U.S.


Amazon Plans Its Next Conquest: Your Closet

The online retailer is now using its vast resources to become a major seller of high-end clothing.


Trayvon Martin’s death has put spotlight on perceptions about hoodies

Traynor Martin

“Did you see what he was wearing?” asked the voice. “A dark hoodie, like a gray hoodie,” George Zimmerman told the 911 operator moments before he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, whom he described as “real suspicious.”


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