Garment Workers Archive

Social Goods | Child Refugees Working in Sweatshops, Fast Fashion's Sustainability Formula

A BBC Panorama documentary found children working illegally in Turkish sweat shops, creating clothes for stores including Zara | Source: Shutterstock “The Kids Who Have to Sew to Survive“ (BBC)“One basement workshop was almost entirely staffed with children, many of whom couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old, the very picture of Dickensian misery.” “Style That’s Sustainable: A New Fast-Fashion Formula” (McKinsey …

Social Goods | Tamara Mellon Sues Jimmy Choo, Philip Green Under Fire, Modest Models

“Jimmy Choo Co-Founder Sues Shoe Company Alleging Boycott“ (Bloomberg)“Jimmy Choo was sued by the co-founder of its eponymous shoe line who alleged the company launched a campaign to punish her as she prepared to start a new venture.” “UK Lawmakers Set to Debate Philip Green’s Role in BHS Debacle“ (Bloomberg)“UK lawmakers are turning up the heat on the embattled billionaire Philip Green, moving to discuss …

Social Goods | 14-Year-Old H&M Factory Workers, Burkini Debate, Amazon's Tax Bill

“H&M Factories in Myanmar Employed 14-Year-Old Workers“ (The Guardian)“Swedish fashion chain H&M worked with clothing factories in Myanmar where children as young as 14 toiled for more than 12 hours a day.” “The Multifaceted ‘Burkini’ Debate“ (The New York Times)“The moves by French mayors in coastal cities to ban the burkini on their beaches has put a new twist on a long-running debate in Europe …

Social Goods | Taking Counterfeiters to Court, Terrorism in Bangladesh

Alexander Wang has won $90 million in damages against counterfeiters and cybersquatters | Source: InDigital.tv “Luxury Brands Get Tough With Counterfeiters“ (The Wall Street Journal)“Luxury brands are getting more aggressive about taking suspected counterfeiters to court.” “Islamist Attack Has Bangladesh Clothing Industry on Edge“ (BBC News)“‘The medium and long-term impact will be they will try and source their products from somewhere else. That is natural. …

Social Goods | Throwaway Clothing Culture, Ivanka Trump vs Working Moms

“Pressure Mounts on Retailers to Reform Throwaway Clothing Culture” (The Guardian)“Americans dispose of about 12.8m tons of textiles annually. But a growing number of environmentalists and clothing retailers say it’s time to begin making new clothes out of old items on a large scale, reports Yale Environment 360.” “Ivanka Trump Champions Working Moms — Except the Ones Who Design Her Clothes” (The Washington Post)“The company that …