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March 13, 2019

Sweatshops are abhorrent. But what if the only viable way to help garment workers is to continue consuming? 


My left-leaning political ideology has (quite plainly) impacted the way I internalise and process the mainstream narrative around sweatshops. As f...

October 18, 2018

The way forward is universal education. 

Bangladesh's literacy rate has soared over the last decade to reach an all-time high of 72.6% in 2018. 

Just 10 years ago, in a UN Global Monitoring Report, Bangladesh was labelled a country with 'significant' literary challenges,...

June 13, 2018

This post started out as a quest to calculate the number of sweatshops in the world. Yeah, good luck with that. However, during the course of our research, we quickly realised that the bounty of information on sweatshops is vastly dispersed. So our goal morphed - now,...

June 12, 2018

Le monde de la mode est vaste, les défilés sont longs et les choix sont pratiquement infinis. En tant que femmes, notre style vestimentaire nous permet de nous exprimer, de projeter notre identité et d'extérioriser notre personnalité et notre individualité....

April 25, 2018

As with most other industries the Fourth Industrial Revolution looks set to dismantle the traditional structures of the apparel industry. A cursory review reveals that artificial intelligence is heavily employed or intended to be employed in the user-end of the spectru...

April 19, 2018

In keeping with true John Oliver style, this April 2015 episode of Last Week Tonight was well-researched, brilliantly-delivered and just the right amount of caustic.

It offers a succinct view of the fast fashion industry, efficiently contrasting both the front end – fa...

September 24, 2017

Over the years, Bangladesh has been embroiled in numerous controversies stemming from the poor regulation of it's garment industry. Fires and factory collapses have resulted in thousands of deaths. Reports of physical and verbal abuse are rampant. Working conditions co...

September 20, 2017

Merriam Webster offers this succinct definition: a shop or factory in which employees work for long hours at low wages and under unhealthy conditions.

It’s a good starting point, but it’s loose enough that there are still plenty of questions.

What do long...

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