handmade and vintage goods

High Stakes Sewing: Fair Wages, Real Risks

At the Alta Gracia textile factory, the owners and workers are staking the livelihood of a community on a radical experiment in ethical manufacturing.

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Who Put Americans in Jeans and T-Shirts?

Today’s casual styles may seem like a development in cultural taste, but corporate manufacturers might be the ones calling the shots.

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What’s Behind Cheap Chic Fabrics?

Acrylic, viscose, acetate: What are these alien terms on clothing labels, anyway? Elizabeth Cline digs into the shiny, strange-sounding stuff we wear.

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The History of a Cheap Dress

100 years ago, women had to drop $600 for the latest styles. Today a fashionable dress is cheaper than a bag of dog food. How did we get here?