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Tom Ford is "Repulsed" by Our Consumer Culture—And His Contributions to It

“I struggle with the fact that I helped create this contemporary consumer culture. And at the same time, I’m repulsed by it, disturbed by it. The reality is we are all…

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Dries Van Noten: Fashion Has "Become Such an Industry, Such a Business"

“Fashion has become such an industry, such a business, that we lost a little bit of the beauty of fashion, and a little bit of the skill. … “We started to work in…

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Growing Warrior's Michael Lewis: We Need to Get Over Hemp's "Crunchiness"

“Maybe we need to realize that caring about the Earth and taking care of things doesn’t necessarily mean ‘crunchy’; it’s just what we all have to do to…

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Suzy Menkes: The Way People Buy Clothes Today is "Shameful"

“I am sorry to say that the fashion world has gone full circle over the last 100 years, if not perhaps 50 years. “Workplaces with tough conditions in developed countries…

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It's No Longer Enough for Emma Watson to Wear Beautiful Clothes

“I made a choice last year that I would only wear sustainable fashion on the red carpet. The fashion industry is the second-biggest pollutant of fresh water on the planet. It has…

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Stella McCartney: The Fashion Industry is "Getting Away With Murder"

“I think the fashion industry can get away with a lot, and it’s getting away with murder. Fur is the most unnecessary thing in the world. Those animals aren’t eaten. [The…

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Amber Valletta: Sustainable Fashion Needs to Expand Toward "Responsibly Made"

“I believe it’s time for the sustainable fashion movement to expand and move toward ‘responsibly made’ fashion. “Sustainability has focused on the…

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Actor Bill Nighy: Fashion Industry Needs to Treat Workers As Human Beings

“Take a look at how the fashion industry works. … It is a global industry that has pioneered driving down costs, putting huge pressure on suppliers and workers, whilst…

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Reformation's Yael Aflalo: Sustainability Shouldn't be a Bonus

Photo by Celeste Sloman “Let’s get a few additional facts straight…I eat cheeseburgers, I wear leather, and I sleep on cotton sheets. As a consumer, I can rationalize…

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Ethical Fashion Institute's Simone Cipriani: "Sustainable" Has to Care About People, Too

“When an industry doesn’t care about how people are treated, no consideration of sustainability is possible. You can’t just care about the environment and forget about the…

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Rebecca Minkoff: Tech Can Reduce Fashion's Environmental Impact

Photo by K2 images/Shutterstock “I hope that with our new model #seebuywear, we will have less guesswork and waste going in to the process as we are making things that are…

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Supermodel Lily Cole's Three Rules for Shopping Ethically

Photo by Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock “Livia Firth, a big cheerleader in the ethical fashion space, has challenged people to wear everything they own at least 30 times. So when…

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Vetements' Demna Gvasalia: Current Fashion Calendar "Doesn't Work Anymore"

“You have no choice—whether you are the creative director or a designer on the team. You also don’t have time to really analyze and think about what you’re doing. You have…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: We Must Shift From a "Thing-Oriented" Society

Photo by BokehStock/Shutterstock “We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and…

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Unlike Cookie Lyon, Taraji P. Henson Prefers Her Furs Faux

Photo by Hollywood Foreign Press Association “I love clothes and to dress up. My fetish is shoes and purses, no fur, but Stella McCartney, who I am wearing tonight, she’s laced…

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Actress Emma Watson: Fashion is a Feminist Issue

Photo by Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock “One of the ways I became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador was through my interest in fair-trade fashion. “Because so many women design…

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Patagonia's Jill Dumain: "People Need to Learn How to Buy Less"

An ad that Patagonia placed in the New York Times on Black Friday in 2011. “People need to learn how to buy less and companies need to learn how to be profitable in selling…

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Livia Firth Compares Fast-Fashion Brands to Drug Pushers

Photo by Featureflash/Shutterstock “In Bangladesh you see women who work 12 to 16 hours a day to produce our clothes in factories which have bars on the windows and guards at the…

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