The FTC and Cashmere Goats

20140723_170302If someone would have told me five years ago that one day I would be excited to go to a seminar on Federal Trade Commission labeling regulations, I wouldn’t have believed it for a second. Yet this past Tuesday and Wednesday found me happy to head over to the Javits Center in New York to the TexWorld trade show to meet with fabric suppliers, cut and sew contractors and attend seminars with thrilling and exhilarating titles like, “Textiles and the Federal Trade Commission.”  There FTC rules governing textile labeling and advertising were covered in great detail along with esoteric facts such as, “not all wool from cashmere goats can be labeled cashmere,” were covered by attorney Robert Frisby. There was no further explanation on the cashmere goats ruling which thankfully does not apply to my products.

I stopped by the booth of a non-profit organization in Mauritius named Craft Aid and met the very devoted founder and Managing Director Gabriel Kamudu.  Craft Aid is dedicated to the welfare of disabled and provides paid employment and training in order to integrate disabled workers into the mainstream workforce. Craft Aid is a World Fair Trade Organization member and does beautiful work sewing organic cotton fabrics into clothes for men, women, and children.  I hope to partner with them on future products.  You can learn more about Craft Aid at

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