Online Tools

Marks & Spencer Publishes Interactive Supply-Chain Map

Marks & Spencer has published an interactive map that reveals for the first time 690 of the British department store’s clothing and home-goods suppliers. The online tool…

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"Netflix of Fashion" Wants You to "Stream" Your Everyday Clothes

Photo by Milada Vigerova/Unsplash Of all the clothes you own, how many end up gathering dust in your closet? If you’re anything like the average woman, it’s probably about…

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Take a Selfie, Buy Better-Fitting Clothes Online

Now there is actually a good reason to take a selfie – it might help someone else figure out if the same clothes will fit them. Fashion startup, Fitbay is preaching the selfie as…

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Orange Harp Brings Conscious Consumption to Your iPhone, iPad

Shopping for consciously-made products can be a difficult task. Orange Harp is a new iOS app that makes ethical shopping a bit easier. Created by two women, programmer Anbu…

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Find Out How Your Favorite Brands "MeasureUp" With This Online Tool

Does Topshop pay its workers enough to live on? Which is more ethical: Adidas or Nike? How often does Patagonia audit its factories? For answers, head to MeasureUp, a not-for-profit…

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"Avoid" Browser Plugin Blocks Out Clothing Made by Child Laborers

Photo by Claudine Van Massenhove/Shutterstock If there’s one thing you don’t want weighing down your online shopping cart, it’s the more than 73 million child laborers…

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Avoid Stress, Debt by Declaring an "Xmas Truce" With Friends, Family

Nearly a hundred years after British and German soldiers imposed a temporary ceasefire along the Western Front to exchange holiday greetings and gifts, it’s time to declare a…

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All American Clothing's "Traceable Jeans" Provide Proof of U.S. Origin

The idea of ‘Going local’ is growing ever more popular in the US fashion industry with consumers demanding to know where their clothes are manufactured. Now All American…

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Nike Launches New App to Help Designers Make Eco-Friendlier Choices

TOOL FOR CHANGE The global apparel industry is expected to produce more than 400 billion square meters of fabric annually—enough to blanket the state of California—by 2015,…

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Apple Pulls "Sweatshop" Game, Has No Concept of Satire or Irony

Irony alert? Pocket Gamer reports that Apple has pulled Sweatshop, a satirical game designed to raise awareness about the inequities of forced labor, from its App Store because it was…

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Facebook App Shames You Into Tagging, Donating Unwanted Clothes

Do you struggle with deciding what to donate when cleaning out your closet? Need a little extra push to let go of that old dress or sweater that you only wore once? Don’t worry,…

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Makers' Row: An Online Database That Links Designers With U.S. Manufacturers

Makers’ Row wants to make it easier for businesses to produce their goods in the United States. The New York City-based startup has launched an online database that seeks to…

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"Re-Commerce Boutiques" Put a Fresh Spin on Consignment Shopping

Move over eBay: The next wave of resale shopping is here. Akin to brick-and-mortar boutiques, Twice and Threadflip auctions for more personalized shopping that reaches a broad audience…

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Sew Love: A Crowdsourced Platform for Creating Sustainable Fashion

As a clothing designer, how can you be sure that your clients will love what you create? Silvia and Sabrina Scandar, the masterminds behind Sew Love, use the power of community-sourced…

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Could Virtual Avatars Replace Flesh-and-Blood Models in Online Retail?

Your favorite online retailer soon will no longer need live models to sell you clothes over the interwebs. Digital models are the new hot workforce which is saving retailers a ton of…

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Ditto's 3D Virtual Fitting Technology Lets You Try on Eyewear Online

Before now, buying frames online hasn’t been very popular, because trying them on in person is still the best way to find a perfect pair of glasses. New online retailer Ditto is…

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Give Yourself a Virtual Makeover With M&S's Online Beauty Counter

Know the feeling you get when you take a bottle of nail polish home from the store and then realize the color is all wrong for your skin tone? Marks & Spencer wants to spare…

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Run Your Own Sweatshop With This Online Strategy Game

Sweatshop isn’t your average online cow-clicker. As its name implies, the game places you on the floor of an offshore factory that cranks out merchandise for high-street retailers…

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