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19/12/2017

Eileen Fisher And Nest Team Up To Drive Transparency In Fashion

Eileen Fisher And Nest Team Up To Drive Transparency In Fashion

Nearly 60% of production in the fashion industry happens inside family homes, not factories. The true size and scope of the apparel industry’s home-based workforce is unknown, but estimates show that approximately 300 million people, mostly women based in developing economies, are the predominant labor force.

These home-based laborers are among the lowest paid members of the world’s workforce. They earn, on average, $1.80 per day, an estimated 50% less than their factory worker counterparts. Their work is largely informal, invisible, and unregulated. UN reports find that these women, largely unprotected by labor laws, are at extreme risk for labor exploitation and abuse.

And yet, this home-based labor is vital. It’s at the heart of the artisan fashion economy, a $34 billion industry, equal to the size of the coffee sector. It is also the second largest employer of women in developing economies. Home-based work allows women to stay at home to care for children and other dependents, while bringing in an income. It reduces urban migration to factories, which enables communities and cultures to remain intact. Furthermore, it creates a safe environment for women facing gender-based violence and discrimination to more fully participate in the global economy.

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15/12/2017

How woke is your wardrobe

How woke is your wardrobe

As the year draws to a close, it’s only natural that we reflect on the buzzwords that stole the sartorial show.

This year’s most-used words reflect fashion’s transition into its most progressive and politically-minded sphere to date, with words like “power” and “woke” taking the top two spots consecutively.

Compiled by global fashion search platform Lyst, the list was generated by analysing more than 30,000 articles from 100 different online fashion and lifestyle publications.

While there were some generic inclusions, such as “floral” and “statement”, the prevailing theme of this year's list was that vociferous social awareness has never been more in vogue.

The idea of fashion being “woke” could be attributed to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut collection for Dior, which included the now iconic “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt that so many high street brands have recreated.

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11/12/2017

Luxururious winter skin products

Luxururious winter skin products

Your skin hates winter. It hates dry air, central heating, the alcohol you swill at festive parties and the icy walk home, too. The joy of this is, though, that you can enjoy the luxury of an old-fashioned face cream, morning and night, along with a little massage of your favourite oil. It’s a chance to feel like you’re feeding your skin, nursing it back to the glossy glow you have evidence of in selfies from June.

Floral dressing in the cold months has been made easier with the arrival of the winter floral print in every high street near you. A winter floral – you’ve seen it, even if you didn’t know the name – is a pale, spriggy flower against a dark background. Which isn’t, the observant among you may well have noticed, the kind of floral I’m wearing in the picture to the right promoting the wearing of florals in winter. Because as discussed, why be obvious?

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