Garment manufacturing is global. But the rules that protect workers are not, creating a race to the bottom amongst poor countries aiming to attract foreign investment with the lowest wages and flimsiest safety standards. In the wake of recent tragedies and protests in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Haiti, it’s time for a global minimum wage, argues Tansy E. Hoskins.
The organisers of New York Fashion Week aim to clean up an event that “has been swarmed with fashion bloggers, street-style photographers and fashion fans.” But bloggers — fashion’s resident outsiders — have a lot to bring to the table, argues Renata Certo-Ware.
Eugene Rabkin sits down with Karlo Steel, founder of New York boutique Atelier, for over a decade a beacon of avant-garde, largely European fashion, which is set to close at the end of the year due to mounting financial pressures.
Ignoring the plus-size fashion market is not only socially backward, it’s a missed business opportunity, argues Michael Kaplan.
With China set to overtake the US as the world’s largest apparel market by 2017, the Asia-Pacific region is producing more and more high-calibre design talents producing highly creative collections at commercially savvy price points, observes Joseph Quartana, former buyer at Seven New York and the creative director of contemporary e-tailer Inverted Edge.
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?