Social Goods 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 | Cavalli Employees Strike, CoverGirl's First Cover Boy

“Roberto Cavalli Employees Take Action” (British Vogue)“An eight-hour strike was staged by workers on Friday, according to WWD, and they are reported to have scheduled an imminent meeting with local politicians and institutions in Osmannoro, near the company’s Florence base.” “Meet CoverGirl’s New Cover Boy” (The New York Times)“In the past year or so, Mr. Charles has amassed nearly 650,000 followers on his Instagram account …

Social Goods | Nordstrom Pulls Moschino's Drug-Themed Collection, Inside Trump's Tie Factories

“Nordstrom Pulls Moschino Drug-Themed Clothing Line After Protests” (Fortune)“Nordstrom has caved to pressure and pulled a fashion line by high-end brand Moschino that was criticised for making light of drug addiction.” “Trump, China, and the Ties That Bind” (Racked)“A visit to the Chinese factories that made Donald Trump’s clothing brand possible.” “How Hurricane Matthew Is Impacting Retail — And How Retailers Are Responding” (Retail Dive)“The …

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 | Kanye's Multiracial Casting, Fast Fashion Waste, Bigger Sample Sizes

“Was Kanye West Wrong to Seek to Cast ‘Multiracial Women Only’?” (The Guardian)“The rapper’s casting call for Yeezy Season 4 show is merely an accurate extension of the brand: hip but economically driven.” “Fast Fashion Is Creating an Environmental Crisis“ (Newsweek)“Only 0.1 percent of all clothing collected by charities and take-back programs is recycled into new textile fibre.” “CFDA Strengthens Its Diversity Guidelines in the Days Leading …

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 …

Social Goods | Gap Accused of Sexism, Zara Workers Unionise

“Gap Accused of Sexism over ‘Social Butterfly’ Children’s T-Shirt Ad” (The Guardian)“Girls’ ‘g’ top is featured in poster in which a boy – labelled ‘the little scholar’ – wears a shirt bearing Albert Einstein’s face.” “How Diversity Changed Fashion” (Elle)“The fashion industry has historically had a poor record when it comes to booking models that don’t meet a type.” “Zara Workers Unionise For First Time …