Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What does your clothing REALLY cost?

Read this article:

Deeply sad, and should be an embarrassment, and a wake-up call, to us all.

Thanks to the Duchess for directing my attention to this.


  1. Thank you for this.

    Bill Clinton helped escalate this problem when he pushed for &succeeded in passing NAFTA. That said, we are all responsible if we buy the goods. I'm as guilty as the next.

    Kathy Lee anyone?

  2. Vivienne, this is EXACTLY why people who claim to live by an ethical compass need to be careful what they purchase. There is a reason why cheap clothes cost the way they do. To say that you can only purchase cheap clothes because your kids will outgrow them quickly or because you cannot afford to do otherwise is tantmount to endorsing slavery so you can have a new shirt.

    There are so many alternatives to shopping if you are on a limited budget. And if your means are more generous, for the love of God (literally) you cannot participate in this industry.

    Thank you, always, for presenting us fashionable and stylish clothes - as well as the whole story of what it takes (and doesn't) to have a chic wardrobe that is responsible to not only the planet but also our fellow human beings.

  3. Excellent post; thank you for calling our attention to this issue and the article. I've been slowly building an extended capsule wardrobe, inspired by bloggers like you, MaiTai and Aesthetic Alterations, but the secret is: most of the clothing I purchase used from a fabulous set of second hand stores in Houston. Add excellent artisanal elements such as H scarves (most of mine are also used) and handmade jewelry from Etsy or other stores, and you can achieve "ethical chic." I am a university prof who teaches environmental social science, so I must wear what I preach!

    Rebekah has said it so eloquently: to be truly chic requires a sense of care for planet and other beings. This is 21st century chic. Let's evolve beyond 20th century unconscious style to a chicness that personal and unique but also moral and sustainable. Thank you, Vivienne, for inspiring me.

  4. Excellent post. I know where most of my woolens come from-I raise the sheep/alpacas/angoras and make everything myself. Cottons, shoes, etc-I think I need to be more concious when making choices. I try to buy second-hand, but that is not always possible. My go-to shoes are Danskos-think it's time to go check them out.