Fashion is one of the biggest industries in the world. It is something we will always need and will never burn out. The topic of fashion is so interesting to me because I currently work in the fashion world. My job is a sales associate at Michael Kors on Long Island and this summer I will be interning in their corporate office in New York City.
The topic of fashion intrigues me the most when it comes to sustainable fashion. Sustainable fashion also known as eco fashion is when designs use fabrics that can help the environment and be responsible for people to wear. In order to have a fashion sustainability brand in the fashion industry the brand and costumer must participate.
This topic of sustainable fashion is interesting because we wear clothes everyday. Nine out of ten times the clothes that we were aren’t high end and they can be found at major department stores. When people go shopping they are always looking for a sale and or the cheapest best looking clothes out there; however the fabrics used are killing the environment. Environmental sustainability issues become important in the apparel industry. Primary practices involve replacing harmful chemicals with environmentally friendly materials, and reducing amounts of waste and resource consumption through apparel recycling.
Over the past few years, we have witnessed many fashion companies going green by re-engineering their business processes and establishing their formal sustainability programs. Many important topics, such as closed-loop supply chain management, corporate social responsibility, and economic sustainability, are all related to sustainable fashion business operations management. This paper provides a brief review of these critical topics, introduces the special issue, and proposes future research areas to achieve sustainable operations management in the fashion business. The identified five dimensions clearly show that slow fashion is a broader concept than environmental sustainability alone, encompassing (1) caring for producers and local communities for sustainable life (equity and localism); (2) connoting history for sustainable perceived value of the product (authenticity); (3) seeking diversity for the sustainable fashions world (exclusivity); and (4) maximizing product lifespan and efficiency for a sustainable environment (functionality). This study is one of the first attempts to seek underlying dimensions of slow fashion through scale development. This procedure may provide a basis for a theoretical definition of the slow fashion concept.
Regarding practical contributions, slow fashion may be useful to foster US domestic apparel manufacturing and local economies. Furthermore, slow fashion may broaden the range of consumers’ choices. When combining a young and independent designer’s innovative spirit with local resources, slow fashion is likely to lead fashion diversity, beyond being driven by identical fashion trends.