overdressed the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion

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Author : Elizabeth L. Cline
ISBN : 1591846544
Genre : Business & Economics
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Evaluates the costs of low-priced clothing while tracing the author's own transformation to a conscientious shopper, a journey during which she visited a garment factory, learned to resole shoes, and shopped for local, sustainable clothing.


Author : Elizabeth L. Cline
ISBN : 9781101560587
Genre : Social Science
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Until recently, Elizabeth Cline was a typical American consumer. She’d grown accustomed to shopping at outlet malls, discount stores like T.J. Maxx, and cheap but trendy retailers like Forever 21, Target, and H&M. She was buying a new item of clothing almost every week (the national average is sixty-four per year) but all she had to show for it was a closet and countless storage bins packed full of low-quality fads she barely wore—including the same sailor-stripe tops and fleece hoodies as a million other shoppers. When she found herself lugging home seven pairs of identical canvas flats from Kmart (a steal at $7 per pair, marked down from $15!), she realized that something was deeply wrong. Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to traditional chains like JCPenney now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. Retailers are pro­ducing clothes at enormous volumes in order to drive prices down and profits up, and they’ve turned clothing into a disposable good. After all, we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it’s cheaper to just buy more. But what are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being? In Overdressed, Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of budget clothing chains, the death of middle-market and independent retail­ers, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals. She travels to cheap-chic factories in China, follows the fashion industry as it chases even lower costs into Bangladesh, and looks at the impact (both here and abroad) of America’s drastic increase in imports. She even explores how cheap fashion harms the charity thrift shops and textile recyclers where our masses of cloth­ing castoffs end up. Sewing, once a life skill for American women and a pathway from poverty to the middle class for workers, is now a dead-end sweatshop job. The pressures of cheap have forced retailers to drastically reduce detail and craftsmanship, making the clothes we wear more and more uniform, basic, and low quality. Creative inde­pendent designers struggle to produce good and sustainable clothes at affordable prices. Cline shows how consumers can break the buy-and-toss cycle by supporting innovative and stylish sustainable designers and retailers, refash­ioning clothes throughout their lifetimes, and mending and even making clothes themselves. Overdressed will inspire you to vote with your dollars and find a path back to being well dressed and feeling good about what you wear.

To Die For Is Fashion Wearing Out The World

Author : Lucy Siegle
ISBN : 9780007432530
Genre : Business & Economics
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An expose on the fashion industry written by the Observer's 'Ethical Living' columnist, examining the inhumane and environmentally devastating story behind the clothes we so casually buy and wear.

Stitched Up

Author : Tansy E. Hoskins
ISBN : 0745334563
Genre : Business & Economics
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Stitched Up delves into the exclusive and alluring world of fashion, to expose class division, gender stereotyping and wasteful consumption. Tansy Hoskins illuminates the political and sociological dimensions of an industry which promotes and supports the dominant values of our age: image, glamour, money and sex. Hoskins also provides a fascinating historical narrative, showing that the clothes we wear are as indicative of who we are as they were during the reign of Louis XIV. She tackles key contemporary issues, such as the controversy over 'size zero' and the impact of fashion in depleting the world's natural resources. In a provocative move, Stitched Up argues that fashion controls our aspirations and self worth through a set of impossible beauty standards. At a time when high spending on clothes persists despite economic recession, Stitched Up provides a unique critical examination of fashion in relation to contemporary culture and the distorting priorities of capitalism.

Clothing Poverty

Author : Andrew Brooks
ISBN : 1783600683
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Have you have stopped and wondered where your jeans came from? Who made them and where? Following the journey of a pair of jeans Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a vivid around the world tour from manufacture to fast-fashion and clothing recycling. Andrew Brooks shows how recycled clothes are traded across continents and uncovers how fast-fashion retailers and international charities are embroiled in commodity chains which perpetuate poverty and exposes the hidden trade networks which transect the globe. Stitching together rich narratives from Mozambican markets, Nigerian smugglers, Bolivian female traders, to London's vintage clothing scene and Vivienne Westwood's ethical fashion lines Brooks uncovers the many hidden sides of fashion.

Naked Fashion

Author : Safia Minney
ISBN : 9781780260419
Genre : Design
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Released to coincide with London Fashion Week, Safia Minney - the founder of People Tree, the pioneers in fair trade fashion - presents a guide to a more ethical, diverse and creative approach to the fabulous world of style and fashion, which has a history of exploitation on many levels. Presented as a highly visual title, this perfectly timed release includes stunning photography, interviews with key players who are revolutionalising fashion and examples of how people are doing things differently to create a more ethical fashion world.


Author : Dana Thomas
ISBN : 9781101218075
Genre : Social Science
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Once luxury was available only to the rarefied and aristocratic world of old money and royalty. It offered a history of tradition, superior quality, and a pampered buying experience. Today, however, luxury is simply a product packaged and sold by multibillion-dollar global corporations focused on growth, visibility, brand awareness, advertising, and, above all, profits. Award-winning journalist Dana Thomas digs deep into the dark side of the luxury industry to uncover all the secrets that Prada, Gucci, and Burberry don?t want us to know. Deluxe is an uncompromising look behind the glossy façade that will enthrall anyone interested in fashion, finance, or culture.

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