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The mob’s involvement in the garment industry was weakened when the Gambinos were brought down, but some activities continued. In 1993, two Paterson, New Jersey, brothers, Joseph and Raymond LaBarck, who headed a 1,200-member local of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers union, were convicted of operating a seven-year racketeering scheme based on threats and violence and accepting more than $400,000 in bribes from employers to ensure labor peace. Three years later, Joseph Iannaci, a Colombo family representative on the payroll of the Greater Blouse and Skirt union was charged with shaking down the group for nearly half a million dollars from 1989 to 1995. In 1998, the FBI indicted twelve Garment Center mobsters, including the Lucchese family’s acting boss, Joseph Defede, for racketeering and extortion. That December, Defede pleaded guilty to extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from Garment Center businessmen. For nearly a century, the losses incurred by businesspeople in the garment industry at the hands of the Mob were passed along to the public in the form of inflated prices. Even today, consumers continue to feel the aftershock. We pay, not only in higher prices, but also in the sad reality that the American garment-manufacturing industry could have been one of the strongest in the world but has instead consistently deteriorated over the decades. In a 1997 report, New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani wrote, The mob tax inflated prices for everyone, lowered the quality of goods and services, and forced too many honest people to live in fear. The perception and reality of this problem provided yet another reason for businesses and investorsand jobsto stay away from New York City. The corrupt, violent reputation of the garment-making industry scared off many businesspeople and deterred others from even entering the trade. The industry never had a chance to grow. Il faut suffrir pour ªtre belle. French saying meaning One must suffer to be beautiful Oww!  James Brown, I Feel Good It was the middle of September in 1927the year Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, the year of the first electronic television transmission and Isadora Duncan had her sights on a hot little sports car and its owner, Benoit Falchetto, a young stud who had caught her eye one night while she was dining out with friends. The fiftyyear- old American dancer, who some today call the pioneer of modern dance, convinced the Greek god Falchetto, a man nearly half her age, to take her out for a test ride one night along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Isadora was known for her slightly eccentric, but always chic, fashion sense. On stage, her penchant for dancing barefoot in reveal- Wear and Tear ing costumes (at least by the standards of the day ) frequently shocked her high-society audiences in London and Paris. She was a known fashion plate, alternating loose classical robes with designer gowns Poiret, Soeurs Caillot, Lucile, says Peter Kurth, author of Isadora: A Sensational Life. Paul Poiret, the era’s enfant terrible, made her a special outfit when she went to Bolshevik Russia in 1921. Playwright George Bernard Shaw, who met her in 1918, later recalled that she was clothed in draperies and that her face looked as if it had been made of sugar and someone had licked it rather like a piece of battered confectionery.Geek Chic Fashion | POPSUGAR Tech Ltf

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