The New(s) Standard: March 14th, 2017
The Irony Hidden in Your Feminist T-Shirt
With supply chains creeping further into the shadows of globalization it has become harder and harder to identify the origins of our clothing. When our clothing is made “out of sight and of mind,” it becomes all too easy to believe that the labor issues we read about do not apply to our everyday purchases -including that feminist t-shirt we just had to have. The truth is that most of our clothing today is made by a predominantly female workforce working in unsafe conditions while barely earning a living wage.
Amy DuFault, ethical fashion activist and director of communications at the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator urges consumers, activists, bloggers and “Instagrammers" to consider that what we wear often contradicts our values and our message. An Instagram post wearing a feminist t-shirt is not as powerful as voting or even protesting with our dollars. As citizens and as consumers we can truly advocate in more meaningful ways than what is written across our chests. Read the full Vice article.
How Americans Really Feel About "Buying American”
Over the past two decades, offshore production has caused consumers to grow accustomed to cheaper products made by cheaper labor. While studies show that most consumers prefer to buy American and inherently associate Made-in-America with higher quality, they are not yet willing to pay the price. Read the full article on CNN Money.
What Does the Future of Fashion Design Look Like?
Stitch Fix, a San Francisco-based e-commerce company is using artificial intelligence and computer software to design custom pieces that fill in the gaps between what customers say they want and what exists in the market. With significant advancements in computational creativity and machine learning, Stitch Fix is currently testing what could be the tip of the technological iceberg in computer-aided design. Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal.