Style Notes: Obama Visits Nike HQ; Miami Swim Week Canceled

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President Obama visited Nike's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. on Friday to rally support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which he claims will reduce tarrifs and create more U.S. jobs. In response to TPP, Nike (which has been known for outsourcing labor in the past) announced that it would begin manufacturing shoes domestically once again, creating as many as 10,000 jobs stateside. [The Washington Post]

IMG has decided to postpone Miami Beach's 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Swim Week until 2016, taking the interim time to "redesign" Swim Week to "better reflect the unique needs of its designers and partners." Though there won't be any runways shows to see, the Swim Week trade shows will continue as usual. (Like we needed another excuse to spend a week in Miami.) [The Miami Herald]

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Surprise! American Apparel is being sued. Yes, again. This time, it's by former CEO Dov Charney, who has filed a $30 million defamation suit against the hedge fund which currently controls the company. Charney claims that Standard General, which holds a majority stake in American Apparel, conspired to have him fired and tarnish his reputation by carrying out a "sham investigation." [Forbes]

Diversity has been a hot-button issue in the fashion industry for several years, with many critics saying that despite campaign efforts to raise awareness, little progress has been made. At a CFDA sponsored conference on Thursday, these topics were discussed in detail by a panel which included Prabal Gurung as well as magazine editors, a casting agent and an ad executive — all of whom agreed that there's still a lot of room for improvement. [The Cut]