What Is Ethical Fashion?

Every season has its fashion shows, both in nature and in clothing. Autumn, with its brilliant coloring, is one of the most exciting in nature, and is almost as fertile in the human world with new runway styles from the fashion designers. But, what is ethical fashion?   Availability Ethical fashion looks beyond the high-stress, altruistic design studios of the famous clothing designers. It even goes beyond the less altruistic, yet equally high-stress distributorships of these designs. Big box stores may sell millions of knock-offs from the runway styles, enabling the common folk to wear what appears to be designer clothing, but how did the goods get from the design table to your local clothing rack? What makes those items available for your purchase? Ethics Ethics, actually seldom come to play with most clothing manufacturers. Much like any other business, the distributor often takes bids on a new clothing line, looking for whomever can produce the clothing for the least amount. It is not the distributor’s job to supervise work conditions in the factory with which they contract – their job is to make the product available. Who is responsible for the ethics of a healthy, safe workplace? If not the distributor’s responsibility, then whose? One could say that the responsibility of the government in charge of regulating commerce in the country that wins the bid. Others point out that, in developing countries, workers rights are not a priority, but rather increased business opportunities are the priority. One could also say that the workers in these undeveloped countries should stand up for better conditions. But, in countries with millions of...