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Importing fashion merchandise

Deanna Clark-Esposito

Source: A Practical Guide to Fashion Law and Compliance, 2018, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

importingglobal systemIf you look around the average American household today you will quickly discover that most of the articles there are from other countries. You would find the same result when examining the labels on your wearing apparel and may even realize that 100 percent of your clothes have been imported with much of it from China, as the 2015 dollar value in apparel imports from China alone totaled $30,540,941,000.http://otexa.trade.gov/msrcty/v5700.htm (viewed on August 23, 2016).

Fabrication

Sandra Keiser, Deborah Vandermar and Myrna B. Garner

Source: Beyond Design. The Synergy of Apparel Product Development, 4th Edition, 2017, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

“Every time that I wanted to give up, if I saw an interesting textile, print, whatever, suddenly I would see a collection.”

Best Practices: Peg and Awl: To Make Things out of Other Things: Interview by Janet Hethorn, September 30, 2014

Janet Hethorn and Connie Ulasewicz (eds)

Source: Sustainable Fashion What’s Next?. A Conversation about Issues, Practices and Possibilities, 2nd Edition, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

“Peg and Awl” is the title of a song by the Carolina Tar Heels. Margaux reflects, “It’s a song that I liked about shoemaking and also takes us back to a time when things were made well.” The Peg and Awl logo contains a Hagal rune symbol, meaning (in part), “what happens after the destruction.” This also symbolizes continuous change and creative building. Both their name and visual messaging, via marketing and social media, reflect their values of quality and renewal. It was clear from the start o

Stella McCartney

Michelle Labrague

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

Social Media as a Tool for Social Change

Domenica Peterson

Source: Sustainable Fashion What’s Next?. A Conversation about Issues, Practices and Possibilities, 2nd Edition, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

DOMENICA PETERSON is a garment industry executive whose positions have concentrated on building coalitions within the sustainable fashion industry as well as educating companies and consumers about the opportunities available for a more sustainable world through better practices in apparel production and consumption. In 2010 she cofounded the non-profit Global Action Through Fashion (GATF) with the vision to create a more equitable and sustainable world through fashion, and in 2014 Domenica launc

How Ethics and Social Responsibility Impact Consumer Behavior

Patricia Mink Rath, Stefani Bay, Richard Petrizzi and Penny Gill

Source: The Why Of The Buy. Consumer Behavior and Fashion Marketing, 2nd Edition, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

As you've learned throughout this book, many conscious and unconscious factors go into every purchase decision a consumer makes. For a growing number of consumers in the 21st century, those factors include ethical considerations. Ethics is a system of moral values, or a set of principles that define right and wrong. In some cases, ethical standards are established for an entire culture or profession; medical ethics, for example, prescribe that physicians shall provide competent medical care, with

Social Responsibility and Innovation in the Sewn Products Industry

Connie Ulasewicz

Source: Sustainable Fashion What’s Next?. A Conversation about Issues, Practices and Possibilities, 2nd Edition, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

CONNIE ULASEWICZ, PHD, is an international consultant focusing on issues of socially responsible manufacturing practices and product reuse. She engages with students as a professor at San Francisco State University and with industry professionals through PeopleWearSF (www.peoplewearsf.org). “Fashion is about change,” she says. “If sustainable design and development are our goals, then let us engage thoughtfully and intelligently as we participate in changing what is considered fashionable.”

The life cycle of a garment

Alison Gwilt

Source: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion, 2014, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

‘I think it’s important to educate one’s self, to try to provide a high-quality product for the consumer and not to lose any of the desirability, and yet also to try to be more responsible in the way that you think and the way you source your materials.’

Ethics in Everyday Life

V. Ann Paulins and Julie L. Hillery

Source: Ethics in the Fashion Industry, 2009, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

ethics (eth´iks) n.1 the study of standards of conduct and moral judgment; moral philosophy 2 a treatise on this study 3 [with sing. or pl. v.] the system or code of morals of a particular person, religion, group, profession, etc.Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, p. 488.

Ethical Consumer Decisions

V. Ann Paulins and Julie L. Hillery

Source: Ethics in the Fashion Industry, 2009, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

The underlying function in a free economy is the notion of consumer sovereignty—the concept that the consumer is all-powerful. A supplier’s success in the economy depends on whether consumers will choose that company’s goods over a competitor’s. When consumers are sovereign, their decisions about buying products that are manufactured abroad, in nonunion settings or by children, determine whether those business practices can be supported. Likewise, consumers vote with their pocketbooks to determin

Fast Fashion and the Environment: Is there a Solution?

Nancy J. Rabolt , Judy K. Miler

Source: Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases

Level: Introductory

Business case

With the globalization of the apparel industry, much of today’s clothing is produced as “fast fashion”: it is manufactured inexpensively, appears in stores quickly after a fashion trend starts, and is replenished often. Today’s consumers expect something new all the time. The combination of the fast fashion business model of constant replenishment and our throwaway culture have created an environmental crisis resulting in much of the discarded clothing ending up in landfills. Synthetic fibers, dy

Marketing Ethical, Sustainable, and Fair Trade Brands

Andrea B. Reyes

Source: Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases

Level: Intermediate

Business case

Fashion Disruptors (FD), a marketing consultancy firm specializing in branding and marketing, has developed a comprehensive analysis to help brands select which buzzword; ethical, sustainable, or fair trade, would best fit a brand’s marketing strategy. These buzzwords are packed with meaning but are often used interchangeably and thus incorrectly. As customers in the modern world are becoming ever more educated on these buzzwords, the fashion brands that label themselves as “sustainable” are enco

Sewing for the Soil

Yoon-Jung Lee , Yoori Chae

Source: Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases

Level: Intermediate

Business case

Sewing for the Soil is a social enterprise in Korea, established in 2008. The company initially focused on the production of wedding gowns with eco-friendly corn fibers but has since expanded its business to include eco-friendly wedding services. In 2014, Sewing for the Soil gained widespread attention in Korea when it planned and directed the eco-friendly wedding of the iconic celebrity couple, Hyori and Sangsoon Lee. This event kindled an interest in small and eco-friendly weddings among many y

Fabindia: Fashion with Social Objectives

Dinesh Kumar , Punam Gupta

Source: Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases

Level: Advanced

Business case

Fabindia is an Indian apparel company that involves traditional and village artisans in the manufacturing of its products. It works on the principle of “inclusive capitalism;” developing rural communities from which it sources its products and paying fair prices to the village artisans and producers, most of whom are women. Its objective is to ensure a “fair, equitable, and helpful relationship with [its] producers, and the maintenance of quality.” The company links more than 86,000 rural produce

Growth of Green Apparel Manufacturing Strategies in Bangladesh

Maher Anjum , Lynne Hammond

Source: Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases

Level: Advanced

Business case

This case study explores the changing competitive environment influencing the shift towards responsible and clean production in Bangladesh by global retailers after the Rana Plaza tragedy in March 2013. The case explores the concept of “green” and clean manufacturing in supply chains through analyzing and evaluating the approach adopted by one case organization: Plummy Fashions Ltd. (PFL) in Bangladesh. The manufacturer is a leader in delivering apparel production that is ethical and environmenta

Revitalising Charity Retailing: Mary’s Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children

Erica Charles

Source: Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases

Level: Intermediate

Business case

For charities, their retail shops are an essential revenue and donation stream. Due to an increasingly competitive marketplace, the last ten years has seen a movement away from the traditional charity shop concept, with management rethinking their entire approach to retailing. Previously, any type of financial investment that was needed for the stores was seen as taking money away from the cause. However, changing mind-sets have seen management within this sector adopt a more professional and com

The Provenance of Fashion

Toby Clark

Source: Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases

Level: Advanced

Business case

Technology has played a transformative role in society and has often been a catalyst for cultural change. This case contemplates the social and environmental merits that blockchain technology could bring to the supply chain by tracking goods to increase traceability. It analyzes the potential to disrupt the fashion industry and build greater trust between the brand and consumer. The case study focuses on the business challenges faced by environmentally conscious fashion designer Martine Jarlgaard

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