gap

John Oliver slams the fast fashion industry



In this week's episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver featured the long and depressing story of labor violations in the fashion industry. If you've been following this for years, you won't learn a whole lot, but it's quite a good, succinct overview of the last 20 years. I've had a couple people ask me why I don't support GAP, in particular, and this segment will clear that up.

I've embedded the entire segment above for your viewing pleasure.

I'm curious to know how you feel about the segment. Do you think it went deep enough? Do you think it will prove helpful?

hey!

spring flowers

Hello and Happy Easter!

Life has been incredibly busy due to a combination of saying yes to too many things and being in my church choir in the midst of Easter service preparations. But services are over now and my schedule is (hopefully) clearing up a bit in the coming weeks. I'm doing some research on China's manufacturing industry for a post, organizing another giveaway, and attempting to write a homily for this Wednesday's Evening Prayer service at church.

This season's a busy one for the ethical fashion community, as well. April 24th is Fashion Revolution Day and May 9th is World Fair Trade Day and everyone is scrambling to spread the word. I encourage you to check out the websites for each cause, start a conversation at work or with a friend, get involved in the Fair Fashion Challenge on instagram, and follow your favorite ethical retailers on social media, who will be offering giveaways and posting resources through the coming weeks. 

And if you're in the mood for some fun reading this afternoon, here are a few articles I've enjoyed recently:

Inside Gap's Plan to Get Back Into Your Drawers

"The brand enjoyed a 15-year reign over classically cool, affordable American style, but it has spent the past decade-plus struggling with an identity crisis while new retailers have colonized much of its domain."

 Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

"America will not dominate the 21st century by making cheaper computer chips but instead by constantly reimagining how computers and other new technologies interact with human beings."

How China Profits from Our Junk 

"In 2011 I visited a yard where men dismantled old aluminum deck chairs imported from somewhere warm and vacation-like. Over to one side was a pile of the blue and white nylon stripping that once hung between the metal frames (later to be sold to a plastics recycler), and a woman who spent the evening cutting it away from the chairs."

Dear American Apparel: Please #freethenipple (and pubes)

"You can argue that AA's original decision not to airbrush out, and many times, even flaunt those 'private parts' was nothing but a gimmick to court controversy-seeking press — and you may be right. But I can't think of a single other online brand that doesn't Photoshop them out."

And if you're interested in reading my Good Friday meditation, you can check it out here.

---------

I'm interested in knowing what you've been reading lately. Feel free to recommend some articles in the comments.

the moral wardrobe: pleasant surprises

casual outfit spring stylethrifted outfit post

When I added this top to my thredup cart, I thought it was black and white. Last night, when I opened my package in the dim light of the living room, I thought it was navy and white. This morning, in the bright spring light, I realized it was navy and robin's egg blue!

I had trouble rationalizing another black and white top in my wardrobe anyway, so this was a pleasant surprise. Add that to the beautiful weather we had today and the lovely customers I got to chat with at work and it was an all around thrilling day to be alive.

Since my first thredup order finally arrived (this week's winter storm caused delays), I thought I'd quickly review it in this post. Everything fits well and looks even better in person. One of the main flaws of the thredup site is that the pictures tend to be overexposed, so I was quite happy to see vibrant, rich colors and fabric in excellent condition. I'm quite pleased and will be shopping there again (and maybe exclusively - jeez, they should pay me for this).

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Top - secondhand Gap via thredup

  • Jeans - Levi's

  • Jacket - Gap

  • Shoes - Asos

  • Earrings - handmade via etsy


follow photo


butbl butets butfb butp