Dressing Responsibly

By: Liz O’Malley

As a college student in Boston, I have a love/hate relationship with Newbury Street. I love it for obvious reasons: the stores, the restaurants, the coffee shops, the street musicians. I hate it because all of these things (besides the Berklee kids plucking away on street corners) cost more money than I make in two weeks.

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After wandering the length of Newbury, drooling over window displays and

contemplating opening up multiple credit cards, the huge silver letters of “FOREVER 21” always greet me like a beacon of hope. Hope that I, too, can afford to be fashion-forward. The affordable, 3 floor emporium of trendiness houses unlimited material temptations that you can’t help but indulge in (although when everything costs roughly $15, is it really an indulgence?)

After learning these facts, however, I will not be blinded by the flashy colors and low prices.

  • Forever 21 exploits illegal immigrants in the United States. They set up factories in California that hire undocumented workers and pay them far less than a living wage. They also have shops set up in China, Indonesia, and other countries over seas, paying those workers even less.
  • Surprisingly, the owners of the company are HUGE Evangelical Christians (I guess Christianity is okay with exploiting workers and selling booty shorts. My mistake, I didn’t know) They’ve actually discriminated against workers on a religious basis.
  • They’ve also been accused of copying designers, which has gotten them in a whole lot of copyright trouble. (While this isn’t inhumane, it’s just kind of a lousy thing for a person to do.)

39th and Broadway, a blog about the New York Fashion Industry, advocates against Forever 21 due to their immoral behaviors.

http://www.39thandbroadway.com/

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