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The 4-1-1 on Fast Fashion

Diving into the world of sustainable fashion can feel like an information overload. So with closets full of thrifted finds, two first-year students at Brown University, Mariana Fajnzylber & Lily Chahine, decided to create an introductory mini-magazine or "zine" on the subject. The goal? To succinctly acquaint anyone on the ...

Impact of Coronavirus on Supply Chain & Factory Workers

By Sydney Badger, Co-founder of Public Habit In recent weeks several major apparel retailers, including Gap, Arcadia Group, Macy’s and J.C. Penney,  have canceled factory orders or delayed payments to suppliers to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their business. With stores closed and global consumer demand suppressed, they can’t sell ...

Skin in the Game: Circumfauna

Image by Isabella Marino Barnes This post is part four in a four-part series written by Joshua Katcher - fashion designer, educator, and author of the award-winning book Fashion Animals. In this series, Katcher examines how the fur and leather debate became a debate about plastic. Don’t forget to check out ...

Skin in the Game: What About Leather?

This post is part three in a four-part series written by Joshua Katcher - fashion designer, educator, and author of the award-winning book Fashion Animals. In this series, Katcher examines how the fur and leather debate became a debate about plastic. Don’t forget to check out part one and part ...

Skin in the Game: Equal Threats, Unequal Reactions

This post is part one in a four-part series written by Joshua Katcher - fashion designer, educator, and author of the award-winning book Fashion Animals. In this series, Katcher examines how the fur and leather debate became a debate about plastic.  When scientists discovered a new species of crustacean in the ...

India’s Cotton Farmers Fight for Their Lives and Land

This article is adapted from a thesis project, as part of Anurag Jain's Strategic Design and Management curriculum. You can read the complete project here. Photo by India Water Portal. Naagappa is a cotton farmer in Vidarbha village of Maharashtra, one of India’s largest states and where the skill of ...
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In Made in MexicoDoc, Female Empowerment Is More Than a Slogan

By Ayesha Barenblat, Founder, Remake  In the fashion world, talking about empowering women is really trendy right now. From the UN to fashion CEOs, everyone is talking about uplifting women. Yet data suggests a very different story. In an article “Fashion’s Woman Problem”, the New York Times reported that 85% of graduating ...