Oct 262011

Finally, a comprehensive, readable book on the subject of today’s fashion industry.  Lucy Seigle writes (never preaching) as a fashion conscious woman who is dis-satisfied both with what is in her wardrobe, and the means of production that put it there.

To Die For takes you to the fields where cotton is grown, areas where skins are tanned, to factories both good and far from optimal, onto the High Street and ultimately to landfill.  It is thought provoking at levels above and  beyond the plight of exploited and bonded labourers and questions whether the fashion we are addicted to, whether fast or luxury, serves either us or the world we live in.

Highly recommended whether the environment, human rights or fashion is your focus.

Oct 262011

Rob Walker is a hero.  This is his monologue at the end of the design documentary Objectified.  His blog MKTG is also highly recommended.

“If I had a billion dollars to fund a marketing campaign I would launch a campaign on behalf of things you already own, why not enjoy them today? because we all have so many things that are just around, they’re in the closet, they’re in the attic, whatever. And we don’t even think about them any more because there’s not enough room left in our brains because we’re so busy processing all the exciting new developments.

At the end of the day when you’re looking around the objects in your house and you’re deciding what here really has value to me, they’re going to be the things which have some meaning in your life. The hurricane is coming and you have 20 minutes to get your stuff and go. You’ re not going to be saying “well that got an amazing -write up in a design blog” you’re going to pick the most meaningful objects to you because those are the true objects that truly reflect the true story of who you are and what your personal narrative is, and the story that your telling to yourself and no-one else, because that’s the only audience that matters.”

Rob Walker, Objectified