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23 Bridal companies sign letter urging tariff restraint

Twenty-three bridal, special occasion, accessory and retail companies were among the nearly 200 executives from 138 companies that urged President Trump to refrain from imposing additional tariffs in a letter June-17-Industry-Executive-Letter-to-President-on-Tariffs.pdf released today and orchestrated by Steve Lamar, executive vice president of the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

This letter is entirely separate from that created by the International Bridal Manufacturers in which a number of industry groups and associations are signatories, and independent of the approximately 500 letters submitted by manufacturers and retailers in support of the ABPIA's testimony on potential tariffs.

The 23 bridal, special occasion, accessory and retail signatories:

Allure Bridals

BariJay

Bel Aire Bridal, Inc.

Bill Levkoff, Inc.

Blush Group New York, LLC

BrideClick

Castle Couture

Clarisse, Inc.

Cynthia Rowley

Edward Berger, Inc.

Essense of Australia

Justin Alexander

Lovella Bridal

Maggie Sottero Designs

Mon Cheri Bridals

New York Flair, Inc

Occasion Brands, LLC

Pegeen Flower Girl Dress Company

Pure Silk Fabrics/Larr Brio Formal Wear

Sydney’s Closet

Tip Top Tux

VOWS Magazine

Wendy’s Bridal

The letter is in support of testimony during public hearings held by the office of the US Trade Representative from June 17-21, and June 24-25 regarding proposed tariffs on approximately $300 billion worth of Chinese products.

The proposed tariffs are a supplemental action in response to China’s unfair trade practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation, based on the findings in USTR’s investigation of China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.  Tariffs on $250 billion in goods from China are currently in effect under Section 301 trade action. 

Steve Lang, president and founder of the American Bridal and Prom Industry Association, is scheduled to testify Wednesday, June 19.

Transcripts of the hearings will be available here.

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