** Because I have many new readers (and now hopefully listeners), and because I am constantly carry on about being a conscious consumer, cleaning out your closet and learning how to live with less which should ultimately sharpen your style, I wanted to revisit this podcast with journalist/author Dana Thomas. You might want to buy her book; it’s an eye-opener. (Considering adding more podcasts, love to hear if you want more.)
I have known Dana Thomas for years and was so thrilled to catch her on her book tour from Paris recently to have a serious fashion discussion. As Dana says, “What Should I Wear?” is one of the fundamental questions we ask ourselves every day. But choosing what to wear and where to shop can have consequences. Dana’s her third book Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes brings to light the uncomfortable truths we often ignore or don’t know about when we buy, say, that cute t-shirt, just because. Thankfully she also talks to people creating innovative solutions that look to the future of fashion.
Reading her book really made me rethink how I look at every fashion purchase I make. Please go to iTunes to listen here. And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and share with friends!
I heard Dana Thomas in an interview on NPR and she made a very strong impression on me. I’m now seeking out sustainable brands when I buy new and searching for second-hand items online through TheRealReal or ebay. It matters! Thank you for highlighting this important issue.
Loved this interview; lots of good information. Like you I’ve taken the approach of buying better & buying less & shopping in my closet or giving it away to my niece who’s just graduated from law school. Buying sustainable brands aligns with my personal values & that guides my purchases now. I thought this was one of your best interviews as you seemed very engaged with Dana, more like a conversation than other interviews. Looking forward to more
I was introduced to this concept as a young Store Designer, working for Bonwit Teller in N.Y..The office manager was Dutch, very well dressed and only wore good quality basics. WWD was a must read and both helped me keep my wardrobe curated…very curated.
Whitney Hawkings says
Dana was one of the first to call for accountability in the fashion world with regards to sustainability , long before environmental causes became “fashionable.” She is articulate, smart and funny, and the perfect “Flair” woman of style and substance.