Day: April 8, 2021

Shaming women out of fast-fashion won’t combat sustainability; empowering women will

The 2020 satirical indie horror film Slaxx exposes the horrors associated with the fashion industry when a pair of jeans become possessed by the exploited factory workers who made them. Frustrated by the cynicism of Western consumer society and the layers of injustice fashion generates, the jeans engage in a rampant bloodbath targeting the influencers, vloggers, consumers and fashion store managers that perpetuate the inhumane conditions through which they are produced. Using a combination of gore and comedy, the raging jeans point to an apocalypse fuelled by the perceived immorality of the fast fashion.

Poor factory conditions loom heavy on fast-fashion giant Boohoo. Former High Court judge Sir Brian Leveson has overseen investigations following last year’s scandal into its Leicester supply chain. Just weeks ago, the Levitt report was published causing Boohoo to weed out 122 suppliers who failed to comply with sustainable practices, seeing the retailer rapidly scale back

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The Best Men’s Jewelry in Fashion Right Now

Johnny Nelson came to jewelry back when he was a punk rapper known as Johnny Matchsticks, a nickname he earned by stabbing a match into his pierced earlobe before shows. When he wanted to upgrade to a matchstick earring made out of gold, he couldn’t find one—so he decided to figure out how to make his own.

After finding a mentor in New York City’s diamond district and learning how to carve molds and cast precious metals, Nelson introduced designs both punk and political to his nascent line: razor blade rings, All Power Fist studs, and civil-rights-hero-portrait pendants, pieces informed by his experience in the underground music scene and as a victim of police brutality. “I knew that I wanted to use my platform to spread awareness of the injustices we face, but I wanted to do it through the powerful statement of something like a four-finger ring,” he says.

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Fashion And Beauty Brands Pledged To Support Black Influencers. So How Are They Doing?

In the summer of 2020, the world finally took notice of the disproportionate rate at which African Americans were being murdered at the hands of law enforcement. People on social media took these injustices to task and drew attention to the plight that has long affected the Black community.

Black beauty and fashion professionals used their online platforms to share experiences of discrimination and unfair treatment in their respective industries. Out of fear of “cancel culture,” many brands scrambled to assess their history for signs of complicity and made promises to hire diversity officers and support Black voices in social media moving forward.

Now that 2020 is behind us, are those brands fulfilling their promises? We spoke with industry insiders and four Black influencers from the beauty and fashion spheres to check on how corporations are doing, and what steps are being taken to support a more

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