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Homeland Security Investigates Victoria's Secret for Alleged Child Labor

Skimpy underthings, fabricated events, thinly veiled threats, and a dead girl’s birth certificate—just when you thought the Victoria’s Secret West African child-labor…

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Priscilla of Boston Defaces Unsold Wedding Gowns With Spray Paint

Photos by Sheila Roth for Fox 9 News Priscilla of Boston, best known for creating Grace Kelly’s yellow organdy bridesmaid dresses, is no more. But the 65-year-old bridal chain…

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Weird Trend Alert: Fake Designer Paper Bags Are All the Rage in China

Knockoff designer bags are a dime a dozen in China, but the nation’s latest “It bag” requires less effort—and money up front—from counterfeit rackets. Instead of…

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Kardashian Kollection "Kaught" For Using Sweatshop Labor in China

We give up; we can’t keep up with the Kardashians anymore, nor do we want to. After drawing the ire of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for wearing fur, Kim and her…

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Is Victoria's "Secret" Child Cotton Laborers in Africa?

The halo on Victoria’s Secret is looking a tad askew after a report alleged that malnourished, underaged West African children picked the cotton used in some of its undergarments,…

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Newt Gingrich Calls Child Labor Laws "Truly Stupid," Wants Kids to Work as Janitors

Republican presidential nominee Newt Gingrich sent fashion and human-rights circles bristling after he denounced child labor laws as “truly stupid” in a public appearance in…

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Clothing Among Top Culprits of High Household Water Usage, Says Study

Buy all the water-efficient appliances you want; a household’s indirect water usage, embodied in the consumption of goods and services, is far more significant, according to a…

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Industry-Funded Watchdog Group Says Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics Are Good for You

Think that toxic chemicals are bad for you? It’s all part of a smear campaign, according to a new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based conservative…

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Is Synthetic Clothing Causing "Microplastic" Pollution in Our Oceans?

Think of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and visions of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch invariably come to mind. But an emerging breed of “microplastics,”…

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Greenpeace Protests Brazilian Leather, Amazon Deforestation at Italian Trade Show

Photos by Tommaso Galli for Greenpeace Witnessing a fashion show in Italy, one of the meccas of the industry, isn’t a privilege many of us will experience. We can only imagine…

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Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness, Miscarriages

Gucci has replaced senior managers at its flagship store in Shenzhen, China, after former staff accused the luxury house of sweatshop-like abuse. In an open letter in the Global Times,…

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Did JCPenney Renege on Promise to Compensate Bangladesh Factory Fire Victims?

Photo by Reuters JCPenney has allegedly backed out of negotiations to compensate the families of victims killed at a Bangladesh factory fire in December, according to the International…

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Fifth Victim Comes Forward at Target, Walmart, Macy's "Rape Factory"

You might consider missing out on Missoni for Target a tragedy, but trust us, that’s just the hyperbole talking. For the female garment workers in Jordan, however, the nightmare…

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Hundreds of Cambodian Workers Sick in Mass Fainting at H&M Factory

Nearly 300 Cambodian workers at a factory that manufactures clothing for H&M mysteriously took ill this week, according to a Reuters report on Thursday. At least 284 employees…

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Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren, H&M Linked to Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals, Says Greenpeace

Looks like Abercrombie & Fitch has another “situation” on deck, only this time it has nothing to do with getting the cast of Jersey Shore to doff its merch. The…

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High-Street Retailer Zara Accused of Alleged “Slave Labor” in Brazil

Spanish fast-fashion retailer Zara, known for its affordable knockoffs of runway designs, has been accused of allegedly using slave labor in more than 30 of its outsourced plants in…

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Ke$ha Wants to Wear “Some Sort of Garment” Made of Fans’ Teeth

We love musicians who love their fans back, but going so far as to want to wear your fans’ teeth? The ever-controversial Ke$ha, for one, isn’t afraid to bite off more than…

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Walmart, Target, Hanes, Macy's Linked to Jordan "Rape Factory"

Photo by carool Some of the biggest names in American retail have been linked to a Jordanian garment factory that allegedly rapes, tortures, and abuses its female workers, according to…

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