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 2:15pm 9/04/14 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 6:10pm 6/13/14 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 2:00pm 6/09/13 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 5:00pm 4/29/13 5:00pm

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

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 3:30pm 7/09/12 3:30pm

H&M Wants You To Buy Its Eco-Friendly Evening Gowns

H&M's capsule collection of evening wear made from sustainable fabrics hits stores today. Amanda Seyfried, Viola Davis, and Michelle Williams have already been wearing pieces from the collection on the red carpet. Dresses made of organic cotton and hemp and recycled polyester will retail for around $60-$300, which is… » 4/12/12 2:30pm 4/12/12 2:30pm

The History of The Cheap Dress

Everywhere American consumers shop — from outlet malls to department store sales racks — deals flourish. But where can one find the cheapest dress? "Fast fashion" purveyors like Forever 21 and H&M are known for their low prices, high volume, and rapid turnover of styles. It's amazing to think that a hundred years ago,… » 6/03/11 6:45pm 6/03/11 6:45pm