Mango (clothing)

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Punto Fa, S.L.
Type Sociedad Limitada
Traded as MANGO
Industry Retail
Founded Palau-solità i Plegamans, Spain (1984 (1984))
Founder(s)
  • Isak Andic
  • Nahman Andic
Headquarters Palau-solità i Plegamans, Spain
Key people
  • Isak Andic, Chairman
  • Enric Casi, Director general
Products Clothing, accessories
Net income 113.447.000 Euros
Employees 12,200
Website shop.mango.com

Punto Fa, S.L., trading as MANGO, is a clothing design and manufacturing company, founded in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) by brothers Isak Andic and Nahman Andic.[1]

History[edit]

Its first website was created in 1995 and, five years later, in the year 2000, it opened its first online store. H. E. by Mango is a men's line created in 2008.[2]

Mango has over 8,600 employees, 1,850 of whom work at the Hangar Design Centre and at its Headquarters in Palau Solità i Plegamans (Barcelona). Despite being a Spanish clothing company, and having the most stores in Spain, with a large proportion in Madrid, the city of Istanbul, Turkey, is the one with the largest amount of Mango stores.[3]

Since fall 2011, Kate Moss was Mango's muse. She first appeared in a video featuring Terry Richardson who shot the whole campaign and directed the commercial.[4] Moss was recently replaced by Australian model Miranda Kerr.

In April 2011, Letizia, Princess of Asturias visited the company headquarters wearing a Mango outfit.[5]

On 24 April 2013, an eight-story commercial building, Rana Plaza, collapsed in Savar, a sub-district in the Greater Dhaka Area, the capital of Bangladesh. The search for the dead ended on 13 May with the death toll of 1,129.[6] The building, Rana Plaza, was owned by Sohel Rana, leader of the local Jubo League, the youth wing of the ruling Awami League.[18][7] It housed a number of separate garment factories employing around 5,000 people, several shops, and a bank.[19] The factories manufactured apparel for brands including the Benetton Group,[20] Bonmarché,[21] Cato,[22] DressBarn,[23] Joe Fresh,[24] Mango,[25] Matalan,[26] Monsoon,[27] Primark,[28] and The Children's Place.[29]

Criticism[edit]

Building collapse at Savar[edit]

On 24 April 2013, the eight-story Rana Plaza commercial building collapsed in Savar, a sub-district near Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. At least 1,127 people died and over 2,438 were injured.[8] The factory housed a number of separate garment factories employing around 5,000 people, several shops, and a bank[9] and manufactured apparel for brands including the Benetton Group, Joe Fresh,[10] The Children's Place, Primark, Monsoon, and DressBarn.[11][12] Of the 29 brands identified as having sourced products from the Rana Plaza factories, only 9 attended meetings held in November 2013 to agree a proposal on compensation to the victims. Several companies refused to sign including Walmart, Carrefour, Bonmarché, Mango, Auchan and Kik. The agreement was signed by Primark, Loblaw, Bonmarche and El Corte Ingles.[13]

Lawsuits[edit]

In 2010, the French division got sued by Anne-Cécile Couétil, creator of the brand Velvetine. She argued that Mango plagiarized two models of her handbags. Despite an attempt of protection via the INPI and similarities between her products and the ones of Mango, the creator lost the lawsuit. She was sentenced to pay 6,000 euros[14] to Mango over excessive procedure.[15][16][17][18] On her weblog, the creator claims she wants to lodge an appeal.[19] Several bloggers were surprised by the judicial decision saying it's unfair.[20][21][22][23][24][25] The brand Mango reacted on Facebook via its official fanpage and answered also on the creator's blog.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jerusalem Post: "The world's 50 Richest Jews: 31-40: Isak Andic September 7, 2010
  2. ^ Football Player Gerard Pique Being Model HE by Mango, sostyles.com, 25 February 2011
  3. ^ http://shop.mango.com/ayuda2/index.faces?opcion=tiendaAyuda#
  4. ^ Tina Isaac. "Fresh Mango". First Style. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  5. ^ In Spanish: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/gente/tv/Letizia/Mango/Mango/elpepugen/20110407elpepuage_4/Tes
  6. ^ Sarah Butler, “Bangladeshi factory deaths spark action among high-street clothing chains,” The Observer (23 June 2013).
  7. ^ “80 dead, 800 hurt in Savar high-rise collapse,” Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com (2013-04-24).
  8. ^ Ahmed, Saeed; Lakhani, Leone (14 June 2013), "Bangladesh building collapse: An end to recovery efforts, a promise of a new start", CNN, retrieved 16 December 2013 
  9. ^ Zain Al-Mahmood, Syed (24 April 2013). "Matalan supplier among manufacturers in Bangladesh building collapse". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  10. ^ 'Extreme Pricing' At What Cost? Retailer Joe Fresh Sends Reps To Bangladesh As Death Toll Rises - Forbes
  11. ^ Nelson, Dean (24 April 2013). "Bangladesh building collapse kills at least 82 in Dhaka". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Alam, Julhas (24 April 2013). "At least 87 dead in Bangladesh building collapse". USA Today. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Ovi, Ibrahim Hossain (2013), Buyers' compensation for Rana Plaza victims far from reality, retrieved 16 December 2013 
  14. ^ 6,000 € = about $ 8,500 USD (according to Xe.eu)
  15. ^ Mango accused of copying Velvetine, Elise Hameau, 16 June 2011.
  16. ^ « Mango accusé de contrefaçon », Katrin Acou-Bouaziz, L'Express Styles, 15 June 2011. (French)
  17. ^ « L'affaire Mango vs Velvetine », CD, Elle Belgique, 17 June 2011. (French)
  18. ^ « Mango accusé de contrefaçon : (in)justice et mauvaise foi », Hélène Decommer, Le Plus (Nouvel Observateur), 17 June 2011. (French)
  19. ^ a b spontaneous message « Le concept de Justice , VELVETINE vs MANGO » 9 June 2011, on the weblog of the brand Velvetine (French).
  20. ^ http://www.deedeeparis.com/blog/quand-les-grandes-marques-pillent-les-createurs. (French)
  21. ^ http://www.flanelleblog.com/?p=5437. (French)
  22. ^ http://www.madmoizelle.com/velvetine-mango-46664. (French)
  23. ^ http://www.mademoisellequincampoix.com/2011/06/16/soutien-a-velvetine/. (French)
  24. ^ http://www.transeet.fr/2011/06/14/quand-mango-zara-plagient-blogueuses-creatrices-mode.html. (French)
  25. ^ http://www.ykone.com/magazine/articles/mango-accuse-de-contrefacon-par-velvetine. (French)

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