Op-Ed | Garment Workers Deserve a Global Minimum Wage

Cambodian garment workers protest outside their factory | Source: Flickr

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.

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Op-Ed | Don’t Write Off Fashion Bloggers

Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2014 at New York Fashion Week | Source: NowFashion

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.

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Op-Ed | In Asia, New Fashion Talent Rises

Juun. J Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: Juun. J

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.

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Op-Ed | The Trouble with Second-Hand Clothes

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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.

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