As the Christmas season approaches, millions of Westerners will flock to charity shops to donate their second-hand clothes. But the multi-billion dollar global market for used clothing is not what it seems, posing difficult questions for those hoping to do good by donating, argues Tansy Hoskins.
Should small fashion labels accept painful payment terms from prestigious retailers in order to gain greater brand visibility, credibility and sales?
In the wake of Rana Plaza, it’s clear that voluntary self-inspection of garment factories by brands and retailers is not enough to avoid terrible human tragedy. Workplace health and safety standards must be set and enforced by the workers themselves, argues Tansy E Hoskins.
No longer confined to the fringes of fashion, the goth aesthetic is being mined by a wider spectrum of designers, observes Eugene Rabkin.
Fashion must react quickly to changes in technology and make do-it-yourself, 3D-printable designs in order to avoid a coming flood of infringement and, instead, benefit from the rise of 3D printing, argues Rose Auslander, a partner in the Intellectual Property department of Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, a Wall Street law firm.
In response to the continuing injustices suffered by garment workers globally, tougher regulations and more stringent factory audits are not enough, says Rob Broggi, CEO and founding partner of Industrial Revolution II, a new kind of garment factory founded on the principles of socially responsible manufacturing.
The rise of high definition, highly accessible digital documentation is driving cut-and-paste fashion trends, argues Liroy Choufan.