Guardian Hosts Panel on the Future of the Fashion Industry
To commemorate London Fashion Week in September, The Guardian hosted a panel discussion of fashion professionals to consider what trends await the industry. No, not style trends; this discussion focused on how the apparel industry is prioritizing and promoting ethical issues, from sustainably grown materials to fair labor practices throughout the production chain. (You can watch a video of the panel discussion here or read a summary here.)
Across the board, participants voiced a need for companies to adopt more and more ethical practices, but the question of how to do it was more divisive. Some argued that influential companies could trigger a market-wide chain reaction by their leadership, as they introduce a new standard in ethical fashion. Unfortunately, the market for sustainably produced products is still deeply niche, leadingothers to suggest that it is ultimately a problem of consumer education.
How do you think this problem can be solved? Can the industry kick-start bottom-down change? Or do consumers have to demonstrate that these kinds of practices are a priority with their spending habits? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.