Workers at a Chinese factory that produces Ivanka Trump clothing work too many hours for too little pay, according to a new report.
The 80 workers who make clothing for the contractor, G-III Apparel Group — which owns the manufacturing and distribution rights to Ivanka’s clothing lines, among other retail brands — work nearly 60 hours per week and earn only about $62 per week.
According to the Washington Post, while the Fair Labor Association found two dozen violations in the factory, the name and location of the factory wasn’t published, nor any information on whether the workers were making Ivanka Trump clothing during the inspection. What’s more, in January, before her father, President Donald Trump, took office, Ivanka stepped down from her executive positions at her fashion label.
The Monday report was released the same day the website Business of Fashion broke news that G-III Apparel Group had rebranded Ivanka Trump’s clothing as Adrienne Vittadini Studio, which is sold at discount retailer Stein Mart.
“G-III accepts responsibility for resolving this issue, which occurred without the knowledge or consent of the Ivanka Trump organization,” a G-III representative said in a statement to Business of Fashion. “G-III has already begun to take corrective actions, including facilitating the immediate removal of any mistakenly labelled merchandise from its customer. The Ivanka Trump brand continues to grow and remains very strong.”
While the first daughter’s merchandise line has hit record highs — Refinery29 reported that sales have increased 346 percent — Trump products have taken a beating in the press, due to efforts by #GrabYourWallet, an organization that promotes boycotting companies that sell Trump items and has led to discount retailers such as T.J. Maxx and Marshalls removing signs that advertise Trump clothing.
Ivanka — who on Tuesday was contending with a booing crowd at a women’s panel in Germany, after defending her father’s commitment to entrepreneurship and helping families thrive — has not commented on the new report.
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