Something to think about: do you know who made your clothes?

How Bargain Fashion Chains Will Keep Themselves Cut-Rate — New York Magazine
Over the past decade, image-­conscious American consumers have adopted two contradictory impulses. When buying food, they will pay a premium for the sustainable and artisanal, and they are careful to always recycle the glass jugs that their farmers’-market milk is sold in. It is fashionable to eat this way—even as a whole category of actual fashion is treated as disposable, with no thought given to craftsmanship or provenance. Shopping as a hobby used to be something only society women did, but now people of more modest means can (and do) update their wardrobes multiple times per week. Even as incomes for all but the highest earners have stagnated, the average American acquires 68 new garments annually. (Count how many clothing-store bags you see on your next weeknight subway commute.) To meet the demand, Forever 21 alone cycles through at least 100 million different tops, trousers, belts, and socks per year.”

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