Cathy Horyn (possibly dee’s favourite NYT writer) talks about the future of fashion here, and there is a lot of focus on fast fashion and the way it is changing the business. Every two days I read some article on Topshop, Uniqlo (which recently report slower growth, btw), but this is a rather interesting way of framing it:
Do you see anything positive in the rise of fast fashion?
Um [long pause]. I’m trying really hard. Probably it does provide jobs for people in many countries. Many of those workers are probably women. Obviously it adds a lot of stress on the planet, a lot of consumption in terms of raw materials, natural resources, the pollution. Fashion is a huge polluter. All the treatment of stuff, all these fabrics with different [materials] to make them stretch, smell good, to make them warm—all of that pressure is very hard on the environment and potentially hard on your body. We’re talking about plastic bottles and being concerned about that, but what about all these fabrics with chemicals in them to make you feel cooler or warmer? Your body is absorbing those chemicals. I don’t think we’ve read about that yet. I think you have to weigh the availability of fashion, so you can participate in it at all levels, against the horrible consumption aspects of it.