Ivanka Trump’s Shoe Line Allegedly Made Under Sweatshop Conditions

by , 10/13/16   filed under: The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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The Trump family just might be the clearest example of the adage “do as I say, not as I do.” After advocating for better conditions for working mothers on behalf of her father’s campaign, potential First Daughter Ivanka Trump is under fire for allegedly producing her eponymous line of footwear under sweatshop conditions at a factory in China. Workers at Xuankai Footwear complained to a Racked reporter of extended shifts up to 16 hours long, delayed wage payments, and scant overtime rates. Located in the Houjie area of Dongguan in the Pearl River Delta, the factory produced Ivanka Trump–branded shoes through a licensing agreement with Marc Fisher, which also makes footwear for Guess and Tommy Hilfiger, as recently as 2014, according to U.S. customs data. Those same records reveal that Xuankai Footwear has manufactured about 130,000 pounds worth of shoes sold under Trump’s name.

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“We got to sleep for six hours,” a former employee, who had quit the factory just days before, told Racked. “If we worked until after three in the morning, we could start the next day at 9:15.”

“I couldn’t do it,” said another, adding that he lasted only hours at Xuankai before resigning. “I was too scared.”


“I couldn’t do it,” a worker, who lasted only hours at Xuankai before resigning, said. “I was too scared.”


Xuankai workers further groused about the factory’s routine withholding of their wages for up to eight weeks, perhaps to make it more difficult for workers to leave the factory, one employee speculated.

“They will keep one month’s salary as a deposit,” said the worker.

RELATED | Donald Trump’s “American-Made” Suits May Not Actually be Made in the U.S.A.

This isn’t the first time the younger Trump’s brand has come under scrutiny. In April, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of 20,000 scarves from her clothing line for posing an above-average flammability risk.

Fashion labels such as Aquazzura and Derek Lam have also taken legal action against Trump’s brand for allegedly copying their shoe designs.

Between all this and the foreign-made products bearing Trump Senior’s name; forget America, maybe it’s time to make the Trump brand great again—that is, if it ever was all that to begin with.

+ Racked

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