Posts tagged "fast fashion"

Fashion Bloggers Go To Cambodia To Work In Sweatshops In Norwegian Reality Show

This past November, Aftenposten, the largest newspaper in Norway, produced a five-part online reality series in which three 17-year-old fashion bloggers were sent to Cambodia to live and work as textile workers in sweatshops for a month. It's a really interesting series, and there are English subtitles, so you can watch it here if you…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 26, 2015

Desperate Pleas For Help From Factory Workers Are Turning Up In Shoppers’ Clothes

A desperate note from a factory worker has been found in a pair of pants from discount retailer Primark, making even more of a case for steering clear of our fast fashion addictions whenever possible. Karen Wisínska bought the pants in a Belfast Primark in 2011 and hadn't worn them until recently. When she discovered the…

By: Claire Hannum / June 27, 2014

Do You Know Who Made Your Clothes? Take An #InsideOut Picture For Fashion Revolution Day!

Today is the one year anniversary of the tragic collapse of Rana Plaza, a garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh. Over 1,100 workers died in the collapse, and more than 2,500 were severely injured, making it the deadliest garment factory "accident" in history. I'm putting "accident" in quotes because the fact is this tragedy was completely…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 24, 2014

Bravo! Zady Calls Out Fast Fashion Companies With A Full-Page Ad In The Wall Street Journal

Yesterday, ethical fashion collective Zady issued a battle cry against fast fashion companies like Forever 21, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Zara, and Topshop in the form of a full-page, no-punches-pulled ad in The Wall Street Journal. "Fast fashion is fast food," the ad declares, listing some of the horrific side effects of our culture's fast fashion

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 10, 2014

Adam Levine’s Kmart Fashion Line Includes An “Africa” T-Shirt, Jorts With Suspenders & (Sadly) No Baja Hoodies

Well, color me shocked and disappointed. Adam Levine has launched a women's and men's fashion line with Kmart and it is full of Coachella- and wallet-friendly items you can basically already purchase from stores like Forever 21 and the Mossimo section at Target. Well, except for that white model's Africa shirt. That is an Adam…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 8, 2014

Compassionate Fashion: 5 Ways To Curb Your Fast Fashion Addiction

It's been about 6 months since I vowed to overhaul my shopping habits and become a more conscious consumer.  One of my main goals was to cut back on fast fashion, AKA super cheap, trendy clothes from stores like Forever 21, Zara, H&M, and Topshop that refresh their inventory almost daily and rely heavily o…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 25, 2014

J.Crew Hints At Lower Prices, Follows Up With “LOL JK”

Do you guys remember when J.Crew was, well, not exactly affordable, but, like, normal people could shop there? I spend a ridiculous amount of time reminiscing about the days when I could save up a few extra bucks from my freshman work study job and pop into J.Crew for a nicely made cardigan. Sigh. But…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 30, 2014

H&M Is Giving Textile Workers A Raise

H&M may be raising its prices, but for a reason you'll actually love. The company is aiming to create better conditions in the factories in which their clothes are made. H&M announced its Fair Living Wage policy last month, saying that "all textile workers should be able to live on their wage." What a breath of…

By: Claire Hannum / December 12, 2013

Forever 21 Cuts Full Time Employees To Avoid Paying Health Care Costs

Forever 21, you just keep getting better and better. In between lowering your prices to make them more "guilt-free" (with little thought, of course, to the workers who actually make the products), and getting in trouble for sweatshop-like labor conditions, you've now gone and fucked over the people who work in your stores. Earlier thi…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 16, 2013

Today In Crappy Retailers: TopShop Still Won’t Sign The Bangladesh Safety Accord

Back in April, hundreds of workers died after a building collapse at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. In the wake of this tragedy, the Bangladesh Safety Accord was created, with the aim of ensuring safety for clothing manufacturer employers. It's overseen by the United Nation's International Labor Organization, and signees to the accord agree…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 24, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Author Elizabeth Cline Talks Rana Plaza, Sustainable Style & Our Addiction To Fast Fashion

In the weeks since the horrific collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory -- and subsequent deaths of more than a thousand factory workers -- we've been thinking a lot about what it means to be a conscientious consumer. As Americans, we're privy to more and cheaper goods than ever before -- and as globalizatio…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 20, 2013

H&M Announces Clothing Exchange Program

Starting in February of next year, when you bring in a bag of old clothes to H&M, the company will recycle them for you and you'll be rewarded with a discount voucher to buy some new ones. Pretty cool, right? The clothing exchange discount is part of H&M's new iCollect recycling program, which aims to reduce…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 7, 2012

Watch: First Look At Maison Martin Margiela For H&M

High-street and department store collaborations with luxury fashion houses are commonplace these days, what with stores announcing a new capsule collection every five minutes (or so it seems). But for all of the brands that choose to affordably market their wares to the mainstream, there are a few whose ethos seem quite at odds with…

By: Rachel Krause / October 2, 2012

Target Brings Us The Designer Collaboration To End All Designer Collaborations

I've publicly voiced my lukewarm feelings on designer department store collaborations in the past, but this latest one may have just the right elements to make a convert out of a non-believer like me. As far as fast fashion goes, Target isn't the first superstore that springs to mind, despite Missoni and Jason Wu to…

By: Rachel Krause / July 10, 2012

Kohl’s Ups The Designer Collab Stakes With A Little Help From Narciso Rodriguez

Designer collaborations with fast-fashion department stores make me sad. I love them in theory — my favorite big ticket aspirational brands producing clothing similar to their runway designs at a tangible price point sounds like a dream come true, but the reality of the situation isn't nearly so fanciful. Waiting in long lines and fighting…

By: Rachel Krause / June 20, 2012

Victoria’s Secret Uses Cotton Sourced By Child Laborers

Shocking: Victoria's Secret is a house of lies! The cotton used for their underwear, which they deem on the labels as "fair trade" and "good for women, good for the children who depend on them," has been outed by Bloomberg News. Turns out their methods aren't quite as good or as fair as the company…

By: Rachel Krause / December 15, 2011