Writings

Who Dumbed Down American Fashion? [Via Etsy Blog]

Women’s clothing once looked like an elaborate layered cake. Floor-length dresses were made of reams of fabric, often covered in trims and details like lace and embroidery, and supported by chemises, bustles, crinolines, corsets, and petticoats. Over the last 150 years, fashionable dress has shed layers and complexity to the point where many Americans spend …

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In The News Labor Rights

Labor Activists Target H&M in Times Square Over Safety of Bangladesh Factories [Via Democracy Now]

Elizabeth joined labor activists around the world, from 40 different countries, in targeting clothing retailer H&M over the safety of its supplier factories in Bangladesh. As H&M shareholders met in Sweden, organizers rallied in front of the Times Square H&M store to demand safe conditions. Elizabeth told Democracy Now: “I’m out here today to demand …

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Can Socially Conscious Goods Save the World? [Via NYTimes Opinion]

[Byline: Emily Matchar] Our hunger for handmade has gone beyond aesthetics, uniqueness and quality. In progressive circles, buying handmade has come to connote moral virtue, signifying an interest in sustainability and a commitment to social justice. By making your own cleaning supplies, you’re eschewing environment-poisoning chemicals. By buying a handmade sweater, you’re fighting sweatshop labor. …

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Textile Waste Writings

Where Does Discarded Clothing Go? [Via The Atlantic]

In Brooklyn, New York, where space is precious, it’s not surprising that many of the borough’s residents are starting to complain, loudly, about the countless used-clothing donation bins gobbling up sidewalks and serving as a magnet for garbage and graffiti. Aghast, Brooklyn Magazine commanded its readers not to use “those piece-of-crap bins.” Read more via The Atlantic.

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In The News

Did I Really Call Michelle Obama “Ridiculous” For Wearing Target?

I was once quoted in the Daily Mail calling the First Lady “ridiculous” for rocking Target frocks. What I actually said, in an interview with a HuffingtonPost reporter, is that we, the American public, are ridiculous for celebrating Michelle Obama for wearing cheap, imported fashion. Perhaps not the best choice of words, but here’s what I meant: Cheap fashion has set a trap …

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NBC Nightly News Interviews Elizabeth on Bangladesh

A month after the deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh, that killed more than a thousand people, NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams visited one of the factories in Dhaka that makes clothing for the west. Elizabeth was interviewed by reporter Stephanie Gosk for the segment in front of the Harold Square Macy’s.

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Was My Hat Made in a Factory Like Rana Plaza? [Via The Nation]

In the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster—the garment factory in Bangladesh that collapsed in late April, leaving 1,000 dead, as of today—consumers are left with some troubling questions: Can we trust any item of clothing that’s made in Bangladesh… or anywhere else, for that matter? Are all garment factories “bad”? Is there any real …

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The Good Closet

Years ago, I had a Tumblr blog called The Good Closet. I’m finally resurrecting here, dedicating this space to how to reconnect with what you wear and get dressed more ethically and sustainably on a budget you can afford. 🙂

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