The collapse of Rana Plaza, a clothing factory in Bangladesh, has been a horrifying wake-up call about the consequences of “fast fashion.” Here at The Frisky, we’re dedicated to bringing you the styles you love at prices you can afford, but we’re also working hard to make sure to recommend companies we believe in and advocate for better working conditions for the people (mostly women) who make the clothes we buy. When it comes to ethical shopping, it can be hard to know where to start, so we’re going to be spotlighting some specific brands and general shopping tips in a new feature called Compassionate Fashion.
First up: Karen Kane. You’ve probably seen Karen Kane labels while browsing the racks at Macy’s or Nordstrom, but did you know that nearly all Karen Kane clothing is made in the USA? That’s a rare feat in the fashion world, and one worth applauding. Click on the gallery to check out 10 of our favorite pieces from her current collection (including plus sizes!), all proudly made in America.
For the past week or so, there’s been comments going back in forth in our “What Are We Wearing Today” posts about the shady nature of Forever 21. Not only has Forever 21 been cited for its poor ethics in terms of stealing independent designers’ work, but it’s also been called out for its conservative values as a corporation. Yesterday, Kate addressed her personal perspective on how she feels about wearing Forever 21. As she noted, she wasn’t aware of the company’s reputation, and now that she is, she says, “I’m less inclined to give them my business in the future. But you will still see lots of F21 items in this column because, even though I’ll shop there less from now on, I’m not about to get rid of the things that are already in my closet.”
The ethics of fashion are a murky business. And Forever 21 is hardly the only company that’s guilty. Now that we’ve opened the Pandora’s Box… Keep reading »
It’s not easy being green, especially when you want to be fashionable as well. But Kathleen, of the blog Ashtray/Rabbit, manages to make vegan and ethical fashion look positively radiant. Says Kathleen, “My blog is a mix of photos I style and model in against prose and poetry I write. Everything — unless otherwise noted — I wear is vegan and cruelty-free; I set out to produce a blog that displays how vegan fashion can be in vogue, considering the current negative connotations it holds.” Check out some of Kathleen’s favorite things, after the jump! Keep reading »