The Rebirth of the Fashion Industry: A Discussion from the FASHINNOVATION Worldwide Talks April 2020

The current pandemic has left the fashion industry in shambles with nowhere to turn but towards sustainability. Could this be the push it needed for a more socially, environmentally, and profitably sustainable future?

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Designed to Break: A New Culture of Quality

Mass-produced products are designed to break. The idea of quality craftsmanship is outdated. Let’s learn from the 1920s and enter into the 2020s by challenging capitalistic norms.

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Is it too late for sustainable fashion?

Well, is it? This post dives deep into The Wardrobe Crisis’ latest podcast episode discussing the climate crisis, fashion’s contribution to the climate crisis, and answering if it’s simply too late for sustainable fashion.

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Forever Failing – The Fall of Forever 21

Discussing the recent bankruptcy of Forever 21, what they did wrong, and how businesses can learn from their mistakes.

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Successful Sourcing in Africa

The Harvard Business Review, McKinsey, and BSR recognize the revenue potential in sub-Saharan Africa through manufacturing. So why are businesses hesitant to create these partnerships? What would it take to successfully source in Africa despite certain limitations? Read more to find out the three key elements to successfully working with African partners.

Featured in the September Textile Exchange Newsletter

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Kenya Cotton Production and the Effect of the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

Earlier this year, the United Nations launched their UN Fashion Alliance with the sustainable fashion movement. How does this affect Kenyan cotton manufacturing? Can cotton production be produced sustainably? Which global apparel brands are willing to partner with Kenyan producers to develop sustainable cotton production? How can the new UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion partner with these brands to ensure environmentally friendly cotton products? Read more to find out why tapping into this potential for growth will benefit all who are involved.

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Get Like Us

Businesses are now adopting more transparent practices within their supply chains but why? Could it be that catering to a millennial consumer market with a majority that will gladly pay 10% to 25% more for sustainable products and services could generate even more revenue? Could it be that the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are changing our worldview as consumers? Could it possibly be that we are seeing and feeling the effects of a world with an increase in natural disasters; an increase in human trafficking; an increase in poverty?

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Beyonce, Ivy Park, and the Sweatshop Scandal

Queen Bey was deemed hypocritical, advocating for women’s equality yet possibly being associated with sweatshop labor for her brand, Ivy Park. Are fashion brand owners/influencers aware of the decisions of every tier within their supply chains? Should they be? What does this say about cultural appropriation?

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Secondhand Markets in Africa

During the The Royal Wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Kate Middleton received both praise and backlash from possibly re-wearing an Alexander McQueen dress for the big day. What does this say about recycling clothes? Why do we see many people in other countries wearing our university shirts? What is the effect of our secondhand clothing on those countries?

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Ankara: A Complicated History

Ankara fabric is so heavily associated with Africa yet its origin isn’t from the continent. Where does this fabric come from? How did it become so popular throughout Africa?

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