Karen Giberson, President of the Accessories Council, is fighting back on behalf of the Council’s 300 members and the industry at large. She’s been actively soliciting industry support and commentary from both manufacturers and retailers and heads to Washington DC on Monday with the Accessories Council’s lawyer to plead her case in front of a congressional panel. “Meet the Philly-based Accessories Czarina Who is Fighting the Trump Administration’s Handbag Tariffs” best illustrates her initiative.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
While Giberson already has some written testimonials from the industry, there are other ways to help her plight, plus your own company. How to help:
WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL CONGRESSMAN
“Tell your story in detail,” encourages Giberson. “Explain how these tariffs would impact your business, your family, your livelihood.” Many of these companies to be affected are small businesses, many owned by families. “While Congress has been dealing with tariffs on major industries like steel or aluminum, they have been less exposed to smaller, finished goods industries like fashion accessories. They need to understand how much this would impact our industry. Increased tariffs would already squeeze maxed-out margins on manufacturers who need to protect retailers in the immediate term. Down the road, those costs would get passed to retailers and consumers. And if consumers end up buying less, then it hurts everyone back up the line.”
First seen on Accessories Magazine