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Ethical Fashion: Part 6, Made in the USA and What it Really Means

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Ethical Fashion: Part 6, Made in the USA and What it Really Means

               Whether you consider yourself to be a patriot or not, you probably agree that the phrase “Made in the USA” is a positive one, and often implies higher quality, attention to detail, and overall integrity. I remember the surprise I felt in the early years of running Ember (in the Heights) when I would unwrap a new garment and see the Made In USA tag. Admittedly, it never occurred to me to ask questions until several years later, as I assumed this catch phrase could be nothing but a great selling point for...

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Ethical Fashion: Part 5, The Plight of Global Garment Workers

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Ethical Fashion: Part 5, The Plight of Global Garment Workers

                                  (Photo Fashion Revolution, Facebook)         “Who made my clothes?” It’s a simple question, but one that we seldom ask. Even less often, can we actually find the answer. When you picture the factory floor where your favorite top was produced, can you connect with an image of the (most likely) woman who cut and sewed it? What was she paid? Why is she there? Where does she live? Is she supporting a family? Is she comfortable? And finally, is she...

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Ethical Fashion: Part 4, The Dirty Truth

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Ethical Fashion: Part 4, The Dirty Truth

  Okay, it’s time to talk some trash, and I mean unbelievable, incomprehensible, mind-blowing truths about garbage. Until very recently, the fashion industry has been pegged as the second largest polluting industry on the planet. However, after a recent, behemoth of an analysis conducted by The Global Fashion Agenda the fashion industry now ranks as the 5th most polluting, from strictly a carbon-emissions standpoint. It’s worth noting that the study didn’t factor in the devastating effects of water pollution from factories world-wide, for some reason. This post will vary from my others in that I am not going to put...

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Ethical Fashion: Part 3, The Evolving Psychology of American Shopper

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Ethical Fashion: Part 3, The Evolving Psychology of American Shopper

          Do you remember when shopping was a big deal? In the 90’s, my family would go twice a year to visit the “big city”, which was Little Rock, AR. Most likely this visit coincided with the first Razorback home football game of the year. We would spend hours at the mall stocking my brother’s and my fall wardrobes at Gap, Banana Republic, Express, and the Limited. I remember the smell of cookies baking in the food court, the sounds of the arcade, and seeing the turning leaves through the skylights. These are good memories. Ironically,...

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Ethical Fashion: Part 2, The Rise of Fast Fashion

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Ethical Fashion: Part 2, The Rise of Fast Fashion

       Fast Fashion is a phenomenon that has completely revolutionized the garment industry within the past 10 years.  Until recently, the world of fashion has traditionally followed a 2-4 season cycle. Fast fashion, by contrast, has accelerated this cycle to a break-neck speed in which new product hits the floor constantly, at a whopping 50 cycles per year.  Zara, the Spanish retailer, was the first to introduce this process and totally blow everyone’s minds. Not only were they designing, producing, and distributing product at a fraction of the conventional speed, they were doing it cheaply and beautifully. Sounds...

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