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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Elizabeth Cline on "Fast Fashion" with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air

Another reason buying vintage is awesome.

One hundred years ago we spent 20% of our income on clothes and now it's down to 1%... I'm paraphrasing Elizabeth Cline as she explains the cultural shifts in the value we place on our clothes. But haven't you been annoyed after buying a $10 shirt at Target? You wear it and wash it once, and then it's stretched out or coming undone at the seems. At the very least it's an inconvenience. But Cline delves much deeper than that. Having investigated clothing factories in Bangladesh and China, she explains the economic systems behind why clothing is so cheap, the conditions in which our clothing is made, and in doing so makes a strong argument for ethically made apparel. Isn't it important that we know what we support with our purchasing power?

You can read more about her Fresh Air Interview here.

Read an excerpt of her new book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion here.

And Elizabeth Cline's Op-Ed in the Nation.

Her website: features even more information including an extensive shopping directory to help you find out where Brands are manufacturing their products.

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credit: Keri Wiginton

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