I’ve been wanting to do an episode on the many myths of fast fashion since I wrote an essay titled Get The Look, for my 2020 essay collection (which this podcast series first spun off from). And Venetia La Manna, a presenter and podcaster campaigning against fast fashion and advocating for more mindful consumption, is the ideal guest to explore this issue with. She regularly organises protests against fast fashion brands and her Instagram account is a vital trove of statistics about what really lies behind that “sustainable” clothing tag.
Venetia and I discuss overproduction, why luxury is as bad as the high street at underpaying their workers, the stigma of second hand (and how we can make it more inclusive) and why this isn’t an individual issue, but a corporate one. We also discuss the role of social media and influencer culture in maintaining fast fashion’s stronghold.
Resources: @theorispresent Lauren Bravo on Sentimental Garbage
Second hand & clothes swaps: Vinted ThreadUp Nuw Depop eBay Imparfaite Paris Vestiaire Rococo Paris The Real Real
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Hosted & Exec Produced by Pandora Sykes
Production by Joel Grove