Fashion has long been considered to be one of the highlights of the luxury market. The fashion industry is a multi-billion dollar market and there are big names that are associated with them. Luxury brands like Armani, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, and so many others corner the market. They transcend just clothes. They are also involved in handbags, fragrances, jewelry, cosmetics, and so many other things.
Those who are after the status symbol that luxury brands can bring will always have dozens of high fashion names in their collection. Fashion provides jobs for millions of people all over the world and frankly they make everything seem a little bit prettier.
The trouble begins when you start diving a little deeper and peeling the layers of the latest big trend. The fashion industry has always been plagued by ethical issues that the world has been rather intent on ignoring before. However, as information is not a lot easier to share, more and more people are starting to care about ethical issues and are demanding that fashion brands be made accountable.
Here are a few issues that people care deeply about:
What is the true cost of fashion? While they are marketed heavily in western countries, they aren’t actually made there. It is in the poorer countries in the world where fashion sweatshops that use child labor that a majority of the product is made.
Inhumane Working Conditions
Fashion brands, even those that are linked to celebrities, are often linked to inhumane working conditions. While they may not utilize child labor, they still go to third world countries and put people in grave danger. A building in Bangladesh collapsed in 2013. From that event, it was found that several big name department stores and high luxury brands were utilizing that unsafe space to produce their products.
Fast fashion brands like those seen in Forever 21 are often criticized for pumping out a lot of collections yet have substandard quality. As such, their pieces are often thrown away. As you can imagine it adds quite significantly toward the pollution that our planet is already dealing with.
Little to No Pay for Workers
The reason why a majority of large brands outsource is because of how affordable the labor is. Exchange rate being what it is, you can spend $40 to buy you labor for about a month. In certain areas in the world, laborers aren’t even paid for their troubles. Luxury fashion brands really need to step up their game and provide well for their workers. After all, given home much one bag sells for you’d think they can afford to be generous.
The fashion industry as a whole really needs to step up and address these issues once and for all. The ethical problems that have plagued them for decades need to stop. As someone that supports high fashion and luxury goods, I am completely appalled at the fact that deplorable conditions are given for those who work tirelessly to produce the products that those who support brands patronize.
What other issues do you think the fashion industry needs to address?