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Not So Fast (Fashion)! African Countries to Ban Secondhand Clothing Imports. A flea market in Kampala, Uganda — a popular resource for local shoppers seeking secondhand bargains from the West | Image credit: CNN In March, the governments of the East African Community, which includes Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi, proposed a ban on imports of secondhand clothes to their regional trade bloc.

Not So Fast (Fashion)! African Countries to Ban Secondhand Clothing Imports

The ban would outlaw donations of clothing from wealthier countries by 2019. The logic is that by stopping the trade of used garments, the apparel industry in these countries will be revitalized, create jobs and exports, and bolster their economies. Imports of secondhand clothing have been growing over the past two decades, with Uganda and Tanzania seeing a 233 percent and 1100 percent growth, respectively, in imported worn clothing in the past twenty years. This level of increase is unsurprising given the rise of “fast fashion” in the developed West, where most of these clothes are coming from. Supporting Local Economies The Global Impact. How Fast Fashion Destroyed the Capsule Wardrobe, and What You Can Do to Reclaim It - Eco Warrior Princess. Old school capsule wardrobe theory was sustainability on a clothes rack: a minimal number of quality, functional pieces that you love and can wear year-round, reducing the resources, time, and space otherwise spent on sourcing and storing your wardrobe.

How Fast Fashion Destroyed the Capsule Wardrobe, and What You Can Do to Reclaim It - Eco Warrior Princess

The capsule wardrobe is all about shaking off the consumerist zombie within and getting back to spending time actually living, rather than shopping (or thinking about shopping). Unfortunately, this idea seems to have evolved, even mutated, since its gain in popularity over the last two years. The capsule as a mask for continued consumption Whereas traditionally a ‘capsulist’ (yep, just go with it) would only replace items from their wardrobe when they were worn beyond repair, now you are encouraged to add on-trend garments to your wardrobe every season. In fact, some lifestyle writers specifically define the capsule wardrobe as a small collection of clothes that changes every season. Australian Fashion Week: Adapting in a digital age a matter of survival, experts say. Posted Australian Fashion Week has kicked off with Toni Maticevski sending his collection down the runway, but it's not just about the glitz and glamour as social media challenges the viability of the traditional trade event.

Australian Fashion Week: Adapting in a digital age a matter of survival, experts say

Key points: International buyers joined by bloggers, social media influencersEmergence of social media has forced industry to changeEvent pushed back from April to May Fashion week's international buyers are being joined by dozens of bloggers and digital influencers including social media heavyweights like Adam Katz Sinding, Lee Oliveira and Paola Alberdi. Those three names alone account for more than 1 million Instagram followers combined. No platform or lucrative international market is being left out, with influencers from China's social media site, Weibo, also in the mix. Half the designers are showing a collection on the runway just for consumers, the other half are showing for the industry. Industry 'needs to embrace' change as buyers drop. CATALOGUE MAGAZINE - Your fashion, beauty, design and music magazine. 4 Common Shopping Fallacies and How to Avoid them. As some of you may know, my background lies in Psychology, specifically social cognition, which is the study of how we process information to make sense of the world.

4 Common Shopping Fallacies and How to Avoid them

Today’s post is going to be a quick intro to one specific area of social cognition that had a huge positive influence on the way I shop: heuristics. Heuristics are what psychologists call all those little (mostly subconscious) mental shortcuts we use to make decisions in our everyday life. Most of the time heuristics work well and save us valuable mental capacity that we can then use for other things.

Fashion made-in-China: fine for everyone but the Chinese. It has been called fashion's dirty little secret but according to Miuccia Prada, soon everybody will be doing it.

Fashion made-in-China: fine for everyone but the Chinese

Made-in-China's just fine with Prada's supremo and a host of other influential industry figures. But for Chinese companies and designers seeking to become global style players, producing high-end clothing on home soil is complicated. Trade barriers, brand perception issues and the sourcing of certain fabrics combine to form an obstacle to them competing internationally with an exclusively homegrown product. Uma Wang, China's best-known international designer, says the nature of her business dictates a 40 percent made-in-China, 60 percent made-in-Italy production model. The creative work including production of samples is mostly done at Wang's headquarters in Shanghai.

For Wang, whose sales are mostly outside China, import/export taxes are the key issue. "An item produced in China, by the time it is sent to the shops, it adds an extra 30 percent to the price," Wang told AFP. Ill Seen, Ill Said: Aesthetic lives and the economic taint. I blogged fairly recently about authenticity and how it's not a look.

Ill Seen, Ill Said: Aesthetic lives and the economic taint

The fact is that I have to tell myself this over and over. The End of Trends. Lean Closet Movement. The Lean Closet Series will help all of us to jumpstart our New Year's resolutions for a leaner closet; it will provide tools to help us invest in key pieces we will wear over the years; it will encourage us to take forgotten things we may have accumulated and gift them to others.

Lean Closet Movement

The series will be taught by experts in the field each week. Week 1: "Defining & Eliminating" How to define your personal style and based on that, eliminate the pieces you no longer wear. The Nife en l'Air: On Psychological Price. When minimalists discuss the price of things, it usually comes down to investing in quality pieces, calculating cost per use (or cost per wear in the case of clothing).

The Nife en l'Air: On Psychological Price

Or it is about high street store and the real price of the cheap items we have at our disposal. Today, I'd like to discuss another side to price: how marketing sets a price point to objects, and why we should be aware of that as consumers.