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Fashion Startups Suck at Plus Size Fashion Startups Suck at Plus Size

Fast fashion, as you’re well aware, is the devil. Startups eager to snatch dollars dropped by customers looking to spend their money elsewhere have recognized this fact. Brands like Everlane and Reformation are startups looking to disrupt clothing for everyone—but they’re leaving plus-size customers in the dust, as…

A Swedish Power Plant Is Running On Discarded H&M Clothes A Swedish Power Plant Is Running On Discarded H&M Clothes

A power plant in the Swedish city of Vasteras has decided to stop burning coal and oil and becoming a fossil-fuel free facility in the most Swedish way possible: by burning old H&M clothes.

J. Crew to Close 39 Stores As the Retail Apocalypse Continues  J. Crew to Close 39 Stores As the Retail Apocalypse Continues 

J. Crew announced that the company will be closing 39 stores by the end of January, which is nearly double the number it originally planned to close.

Victoria Beckham Is Doing a Target Capsule Collection That Includes Baby Clothes  Victoria Beckham Is Doing a Target Capsule Collection That Includes Baby Clothes 

Victoria Beckham, née Posh Spice, is the latest designer to temporarily join forces with Target for a capsule collection. Coming April, it’ll run all the way to 3X, it’s priced to move, and will also include items for babies and children. Extremely chic and stylish babies and children.

Kenzo's H&M Collaboration Is Tiger-Lady Chic Kenzo's H&M Collaboration Is Tiger-Lady Chic

Of all the H&M designer collaborations, Kenzo’s is the most interesting in recent memory, not least because there’s been no clear idea of what to expect. The storied Japanese brand, directed by Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, has become revitalized in recent years. With this initial image from the new…

Ivanka Trump Makes America Great Again in an Imported Dress Ivanka Trump Makes America Great Again in an Imported Dress

Last night at the Republican National Convention, Ivanka Trump opened for her father, promising that “a Trump Presidency will turn the economy”—while wearing a bland sheath dress that was almost certainly more of a boon to the economy of Ivanka Trump than the economy of America.

M.I.A. Advocates Recycling With H&M by Dancing Atop a Pile of Magazines Headed to the Bin

World Recycle Week begins April 18, and M.I.A. has teamed up with H&M for a song, “Rewear It,” advocating recycling, as well as the general specter of climate change. In the accompanying video/advert, a selection of cool people around the world are seen to be essentially waking up to the concept of recycling, jamming…

H&M's Cambodian Garment Workers Are Only Asking for $177 per Month: Why Can't They Get It?  H&M's Cambodian Garment Workers Are Only Asking for $177 per Month: Why Can't They Get It? 

Searching “feminism” on the H&M website yields a single result, a white jersey crop top with black lining that reads “Feminism: the radical notion that women are people.” H&M, the second largest clothing retailer in the world, suggests we style the piece (which costs less than $20) with biker trousers, suede sandals,…

European Fast Fashion Chain Primark Is Expanding in America European Fast Fashion Chain Primark Is Expanding in America

Irish retailer, Primark, made inroads to the American market in September, looking to compete with the likes of Forever 21 and current king of fast fashion, Zara. Now the teen-focused chain is expanding its reach into the market by producing low-priced, Instagram-friendly clothes. In Europe, the retail chain is known…

Zara Faces Criticism After a Paris Store Refused Entrance to a Muslim Woman

Zara, the Spanish retailer of fast fashion, is under fire after a video emerged showing an employee of a Paris-based store refusing entrance to a woman wearing a hijab. The man in the video tells her that people with any head coverings, including hats and hoodies, aren’t allowed in the store.

Balmain's H&M Collaboration Is Still Prohibitively Expensive Balmain's H&M Collaboration Is Still Prohibitively Expensive

H&M’s much anticipated Balmain collection launches in stores and online tomorrow, but I would suggest you temper any excitement now because it’s probably going to sell out immediately.

NYFW: What Is the Deal With Desigual?  NYFW: What Is the Deal With Desigual? 

On Thursday, I attended the Desigual Spring 2016 runway show in midtown Manhattan, not really knowing what to expect.

American Apparel Is Doing So Badly It Can't Even File a Quarterly Report American Apparel Is Doing So Badly It Can't Even File a Quarterly Report

Despite a restructured leadership, several rounds of layoffs and store closings, and a marketing revamp, American Apparel continues to suffer extreme financial losses.

The True Cost Trailer Shows the Human Toll of Fast Fashion

Conscious clothing consumers know about the human rights issues that fast fashion poses—those cheap, trendy t-shirts everyone cops at retail chains were most likely made by mostly-women garment workers doing their jobs in terrible conditions for astonishingly little pay. The fires and building collapse at factories in…

H&M Is Breaking Into Beauty H&M Is Breaking Into Beauty

The beauty industry racks up tens of billions of dollars in the US alone, and H&M is looking to get a bite of that: starting in September, the fast-fashion retailer will begin carrying house brand beauty products, spanning everything from primers to lipsticks to nail polishes with an initial launch of 700 pieces,…

Is the Tide Finally Turning Against Fast Fashion? Is the Tide Finally Turning Against Fast Fashion?

Recent years have seen the rise of fast-fashion behemoths like Forever 21, H&M, Zara—the list goes on. Even stores without their reputation for lickety-split knockoffs seem to be pushing towards tighter production cycles and cheaper offerings. But are customers ready to embrace buying fewer items that cost more money?

Woman Finds Factory Worker's Plea for Help Sewn into Her Dress Woman Finds Factory Worker's Plea for Help Sewn into Her Dress

While looking for a washing instructions label in her new dress, a woman in Wales discovered a disturbing message: an extra tag had been sewn in, bearing the message "Forced to work exhausting hours."

Why Don't College Students Give a Shit About Sweatshops Anymore? Why Don't College Students Give a Shit About Sweatshops Anymore?

There's no better way to change people's shitty behavior than to convince them that the shitty thing they're doing is uncool. Everybody wants to be cool! And when I graduated from high school in Seattle in 2000, anti-globalization and human rights activists had pulled off a major branding coup—sweatshops were…

You Might Have to Pay More at H&M So Workers Can Get Better Wages You Might Have to Pay More at H&M So Workers Can Get Better Wages

Yesterday H&M announced that it may raise clothing prices in the future in order to pay better wages to some of the textile workers it employs, most of whom are the worst-paid in the world.

Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Hudson Attend Wal-Mart Extravaganza Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Hudson Attend Wal-Mart Extravaganza

Wal-Mart's annual shareholder meeting took place Friday. And the company would very much rather you pay attention to the fancy celebrities it paid to show up and smile for the cameras than to the working conditions in its sweatshops!

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