Whoa boy, Forever 21 is in trouble again. And this time it’s not with designers claiming the company has ripped them off. No, now the U.S. Department of Labor is peeved with the company, over their refusal to release labor records. Forevs was subpoenaed for the records on August 21, but has thus far refused to comply with the request. At issue are several wage, overtime and records-keeping violations by companies affiliated with the manufacture of Forever 21 merchandise. Keep reading »
I’m a little uneasy about getting older, but it’s definitely not something that’s on my mind 24/7. There is one place, however, that forces me to confront the harsh passage of time more than any other, and that’s the mall. Stores I once bounded into with youthful glee now turn me into a scowling curmudgeon. Here are 10 stores that my 27-year-old self can barely handle, and why … Keep reading »
Forever 21 gets sued by a lot of people, but usually it’s for things like copyright infringement or stealing designers’ work. The latest lawsuit is coming from inside the corporation, though. Employees Jazzreeal Jones, Jessica Ramos, Shanelle Thompson, Alyssa Elias and Tiffinee Linthicum claim that they were kept after the ends of shifts and during their lunch breaks in order to be searched for stolen merchandise. Because in those cases they had already clocked out, the employees are claiming they deserve to be paid for that time.
If their claim is deemed legitimate, then it could force Forever 21 to pay millions in back wages to other employees who have undergone similar treatment. Keep reading »
Forever 21′s warpath of cultural and social appropriation knows no bounds. Its latest target? The obscure ’80s San Francisco punk band Flipper, whose most well-known fan was probably the late great Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. It seems ye olde Forevs has reproduced a DIY-ed Flipper T that Kurt Cobain MADE HIMSELF in its latest round of men’s shirts. We suppose it’s rather smart of them to rip off a dead rockstar — much less likely to be sued by Cobain from beyond the grave than by some of the other victims of its recent scams. Still, we can’t help but hope someone from the band sees their blatant attempt at punk rock cred and calls them out on it in a very public, embarrassing way. It’s what Kurt would have wanted. [Death And Taxes]
Forever 21 is going all American Apparel on our asses. Literally! A quick click-through on their online lingerie section revealed some scandalous cameltoe action. When the blogger for WTForever21 posted one of the most explicit examples on her Facebook page, the content was removed shortly thereafter. No reason was cited, though the blogger guesses the problem was that the “young women’s vagina lips [were quite] so clearly outlined.” They are called labia, honey.
Do y’all think this photo crosses the line? Or is Facebook just overreacting, as usual? [WTForever 21] Keep reading »
We’ve never looked up on giant retailer Forever 21 as a bastion of good taste. Cheap, mass-produced products and quick-turnaround trends, sure. But still, even we were shocked to learn that the teen shopping staple is now selling stereotype-ridden “Native American Girl” and “Oriental Girl” necklaces. What’s worse, the company hass actually named the latter, featuring a smiling Asian face in stereotypical Asian garb, “The Oriental Girl Necklace.”
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By now, you can imagine how I personally feel about Forever 21. (It’s the pits.) However, I’m dutybound to inform you of the company’s latest collaboration with Sanrio’s very own Ms. Hello Kitty. The very low-priced collection — every piece is below $30 bucks — will appear in Forevs stores in November, and will surely be snatched up by preteens — and women reliving their preteen years — everywhere. [Racked]
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 »
Forever 21 just can’t keep its sticky fingers off of other people’s designs. Moriah Carlson and Alice Wu, the ladies behind the sustainable fashion company Feral Childe, claim that the mega clothing corporation up and stole not a shirt or dress design, but a fabric print with hidden teepees and crowns drawn into it. (You can see Feral Childe’s version in coral up top, and Forever 21′s copy in white below it). Keep reading »
It’s often the biggest companies that have the tightest reign on their public perception — and inexpensive clothing company Forever 21 is no exception. Despite their public image of being young and fun (and, oh, totally Christian), the company is really, really up in arms over WTForever21, a funny blog that chronicles the hits and misses that come out of what blogger Rachel Kane calls the “shame factory.” Forever 21 sent Kane a cease and desist letter in April, claiming that she was violating copyright and trademark laws, even though Kane clearly states on the homepage, “Just FYI, The term ‘Forever 21′ is a trademark of Forever 21, Inc. This site is not affiliated with Forever 21, Inc.” Keep reading »