Zara Faces Criticism After a Paris Store Refused Entrance to a Muslim Woman

Zara, the Spanish retailer of fast fashion, is under fire after a video emerged showing an employee of a Paris-based store refusing entrance to a woman wearing a hijab. The man in the video tells her that people with any head coverings, including hats and hoodies, aren’t allowed in the store.
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The True Cost Trailer Shows the Human Toll of Fast Fashion

Conscious clothing consumers know about the human rights issues that fast fashion poses—those cheap, trendy t-shirts everyone cops at retail chains were most likely made by mostly-women garment workers doing their jobs in terrible conditions for astonishingly little pay. The fires and building collapse at factories in… »5/20/15 1:30pm5/20/15 1:30pm

H&M Is Breaking Into Beauty

The beauty industry racks up tens of billions of dollars in the US alone, and H&M is looking to get a bite of that: starting in September, the fast-fashion retailer will begin carrying house brand beauty products, spanning everything from primers to lipsticks to nail polishes with an initial launch of 700 pieces,… »5/12/15 11:30am5/12/15 11:30am

Is the Tide Finally Turning Against Fast Fashion?

Recent years have seen the rise of fast-fashion behemoths like Forever 21, H&M, Zara—the list goes on. Even stores without their reputation for lickety-split knockoffs seem to be pushing towards tighter production cycles and cheaper offerings. But are customers ready to embrace buying fewer items that cost more money? »9/04/14 2:15pm9/04/14 2:15pm

Why Don't College Students Give a Shit About Sweatshops Anymore?

There's no better way to change people's shitty behavior than to convince them that the shitty thing they're doing is uncool. Everybody wants to be cool! And when I graduated from high school in Seattle in 2000, anti-globalization and human rights activists had pulled off a major branding coup—sweatshops were… »6/13/14 6:10pm6/13/14 6:10pm

What's the Solution to the World's Sweatshop Problem?

The spate of preventable industrial disasters in Bangladesh has focused the attention of the media, and many consumers, on the conditions under which our clothing is made, both in that country and in the other low-wage economies that most retailers now rely on to keep their racks filled with cheap clothing. Although… »6/09/13 2:00pm6/09/13 2:00pm

H&M Shows Collection On Plus-Size Model, Doesn't Make a Big Deal Of It

If you go to H&M's women's wear homepage right now, you'll see something a little unusual. The megachain is highlighting its new seasonal deliveries on its homepage — "Casual Classics," "Style Update: Black & White," "New Looks April," so much so ordinary. But then there's the "Beachwear" collection. »4/29/13 5:00pm4/29/13 5:00pm

How to Shop for Clothing Ethically and Sustainably (Without Spending a Fortune)

Elizabeth Cline, the author of new book Overdressed, has some advice for people who want to clothe themselves for not too much money — without contributing to the waste and supporting the lax labor standards of the global apparel industry supply chain. You know how Michael Pollan advises people concerned about their… »7/09/12 3:30pm7/09/12 3:30pm