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Fixing Fashion
Rethinking the Way We Make, Market and Buy Our Clothes
By (author): Michael Lavergne
Michael Lavergne

Imprint:

New Society Publishers - Gabriola Island

ISBN:

9780865718005

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound
English

Audience:

General Trade
Oct 01, 2015
$18.95 CAD
Out of print

Dimensions:

9in x 6 x 0.51 in | 426 gr

Page Count:

240 pages
100% recycled content
FSC certified – mixed sources SW-COC-001271
New Society Publishers
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Fashion & Textile Industry
Apparel, garment and textile industries|Fashion and textile design|Development economics and emerging economies|Fashion and style guides
  • Short Description

Is global fashion a wolf in sheep’s clothing? An industry insider takes a hard look at the apparel trade.

With sales of more than five hundred billion US dollars a year, the fashion industry is one of the most important sectors of the global economy, employing millions of men, women, and often children in the developing world. And yet its record is far from pretty. The collapse of Bangladesh's Rana Plaza with some thirty-five hundred desperately underpaid garment workers inside was a shocking example of what can go wrong when manufacturers ruthlessly cut costs while turning a blind eye to labor rights and workplace safety.

Written by an apparel industry insider, Fixing Fashion argues that the true legacy of Rana Plaza is increased awareness of how cheap, disposable clothing has led time and time again to serious community, environmental, and labor rights abuses. Ethical supply chain professional Michael Lavergne explores:

  • The birth of the global apparel trade, from colonialism and slavery to today's neoliberal trade agenda
  • How the infamous race to the bottom has led to some of the worst social and environmental excesses in the global apparel industry
  • The rise of a new breed of entrepreneurs and stakeholders driving change and transparency across international supply chains

By taking a hard look at the very real impacts of our consumer culture's addiction to disposable fashion, Fixing Fashion challenges each of us to take full responsibility for understanding the hidden cost of our clothes.

Michael Lavergne is an ethical supply chain professional committed to sustainable fashion industry and the protection of labor, environmental and human rights in the developing world.

Is global fashion a wolf in sheep’s clothing? An industry insider takes a hard look at the apparel trade.



Is global fashion a wolf in sheep’s clothing? An industry insider takes a hard look at the apparel trade.

With sales of more than five hundred billion US dollars a year, the fashion industry is one of the most important sectors of the global economy, employing millions of men, women, and often children in the developing world. And yet its record is far from pretty. The collapse of Bangladesh's Rana Plaza with some thirty-five hundred desperately underpaid garment workers inside was a shocking example of what can go wrong when manufacturers ruthlessly cut costs while turning a blind eye to labor rights and workplace safety.

Written by an apparel industry insider, Fixing Fashion argues that the true legacy of Rana Plaza is increased awareness of how cheap, disposable clothing has led time and time again to serious community, environmental, and labor rights abuses. Ethical supply chain professional Michael Lavergne explores:

  • The birth of the global apparel trade, from colonialism and slavery to today's neoliberal trade agenda
  • How the infamous race to the bottom has led to some of the worst social and environmental excesses in the global apparel industry
  • The rise of a new breed of entrepreneurs and stakeholders driving change and transparency across international supply chains

By taking a hard look at the very real impacts of our consumer culture's addiction to disposable fashion, Fixing Fashion challenges each of us to take full responsibility for understanding the hidden cost of our clothes.

Michael Lavergne is an ethical supply chain professional committed to sustainable fashion industry and the protection of labor, environmental and human rights in the developing world.

  • The only book to present an industry insider's first-hand account of the human cost arising from the competitive race to translate high-end fashion for mass markets at the lowest possible prices
  • The author worked for 18 years as a senior executive with decision-making responsibility at international brands and retailers in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and North America
  • The author has a unique understanding and insight into business models and supply chains, and how purchasing decision are made
  • This book explains how horrific accidents such as Rana Plaza and other human rights abuses can continue to happen in today's garment industry
  • Calls for collective consumer, business and civil society actions to rethink the way we make, market and buy our clothes in this US$500 billion a year industry
  • Highlights the best of a new breed of entrepreneurs and stakeholders who are lobbying for change across the international supply chains

International market: HONG KONG EXPAT COMMUNITY author SPENT NEAR SIX YEARS THERE- SPECIFICALLY MENTIONs AUSTRALIAN BOOKSTORE CHAIN 'DYMOCKS', WELL PLACED IN KEY ASIAN EXPAT CENTRES LIKE HONG KONG, SINGAPORE, THAILAND.

Michael Lavergne is an ethical supply chain professional who has spent the past eighteen years leading sourcing initiatives across Asia, Latin America, The Middle East, Africa and North American markets. He gained experience in labor, human rights and environmental issues in Central America, Mexico and SE Asia and has supported responsible industry development in East Africa and The Middle East. Michael has written on ethical trade issues for Canadian Business Magazine, The Toronto Star, and The National Post, among others. He is a board member of Fashion Takes Action, and speaks regularly at industry events such as The Sustainable Fashion Forum and the World Ethical Apparel Roundtable.

"Fixing Fashion offers brilliant insight into all that is broken in the apparel industry. Michael Lavergne's brave and honest telling of what really goes on behind the scenes is an eye-opener that fuels the impetus for change. His thorough political and historical depiction that spans centuries makes for a powerfully evocative narrative that is crucial to solving the many problems facing the fashion industry. In order to fix what is broken, we must first learn how it came to be broken."
—Kelly Drennan, Founding Executive Director, Fashion Takes Action

"A must-read for for every designer and apparel executive who does not yet have full transparency in their supply chain. Fixing Fashion outlines how exploitation has been entrenched in the apparel industry for over a century. Lavergne then uses this historical context to map opportunities for longterm change, including a long list of change makers who are redefining fashion."
—Kate Black, author, Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-toxic Beauty

"Fixing Fashion is a fascinating personal and historical journey through the complex web of clothing supply chains. Author Michael Lavergne urges us to reflect on how we are linked, through that web, to people around the world (including millions of children) who are embedded in the clothes that we wear. The book is a compelling call to government, business and all of us towards increased transparency and greater action to ensure more just and sustainable supply chains."
—Harry Kits, Senior Advisor Corporate Engagement, World Vision Canada

"A rare insider's globetrotting tour of the ethically challenged, complex, contradictory, and maddening global fashion industry. If you've ever wondered how an industry with so much potential to do so much good could permit thousands of vulnerable workers to needlessly die at Rona Plaza in Bangladesh, read Michael Lavergne's highly personal wakeup call."
—Dr. David Doorey, Professor of Labour Law and Supply Chain Governance, York University, Toronto

"Through his seasoned and humble eyes, Michael Lavergne offers a rare glimpse into the complexities of the apparel industry in his book Fixing Fashion. Taking us through compelling stories from his personal experiences, and layering on news accounts of landmark human rights and environmental events in recent history, Michael invites us to question our assumptions about where our clothing comes from and how we, as consumers, can make better choices going forward. This is a must-read book for anyone who cares about the human and environmental toll of our clothing and the companies behind the labels."
—Amy Hall, Director, Social Consciousness, EILEEN FISHER

"Who makes our clothes? How are they designed and marketed? After the shocking Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013, people started asking these pertinent questions. Michael Lavergne's book Fixing Fashion soberly dissects the 'fast fashion' industry and looks at how to fix it. This should be compulsory reading for decision makers, designers and consumers."
—Paul Dewar, Member of Parliament Ottawa Centre, Foreign Affairs Critic for the NDP

"His unique perspective as an industry insider who has travelled the world sourcing goods for global clothing brands gives us both a first-hand view of the social and environmental problems in apparel manufacturing as well as a deep understanding of why they persist. Lavergne's account will inform and inspire students of business and international development as well as present and future business leaders who will be called upon to tackle the serious and complex problems he uncovers. Thankfully Lavergne's detailed account also points towards paths for change."
—Kevin Thomas, LLM | Director of Shareholder Engagement, SHARE - Shareholder Association for Research & Education

"In Fixing Fashion, Michael Lavergne offers a rare insider view of how the globalized garment industry works and why worker rights abuses are so endemic to that industry. He also offers hope that fundamental change is possible."
—Bob Jeffcott, Policy Analyst, Maquila Solidarity Network

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