Senior Lecturer in Development & Environment, King's College London
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Clothing Poverty

Reviews and information on Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-hand Clothes. By Andrew Brooks, Published 12 February 2015, with Zed Books.

Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-hand Clothes (Front Cover Design)

Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-hand Clothes (Front Cover Design)

Clothing Poverty

The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-hand Clothes

Following the journey of a pair of jeans Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a vivid around-the-world tour from cotton fields to retail stores. Andrew Brooks shows how new and second-hand clothes are traded across continents and traces the human and environmental impacts of production and consumption.

Using research from around the globe, colourful stories and hard data demonstrate how the clothing, textile and recycling sectors have played a major part in making different regions of the world rich and poor. Clothing Poverty uncovers how fast fashion retailers and charity shops are embroiled in commodity chains which perpetuate poverty.

Stitching together rich narratives from Papua New Guinean tribal people, Mozambican cotton growers, Zambian factory workers, American jeans markets, international charities, Nigerian smugglers, London’s vintage clothing scene and Vivienne Westwood’s new ethical designer lines, Brooks uncovers the many secret sides of fashion.

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A mind-opening tour of global clothing systems, from recycling flows to radical advocacy. Andrew Brooks has created a book that sparks with intelligence, mapping a world that connects inequalities, Vivienne Westwood, post-consumption and second-hand garments.
— Kate Fletcher, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London
Clothing Poverty takes us on a fascinating global journey that provides powerful new insights into how fast fashion and charitable donations of second-hand clothes are connected with persistent poverty in Africa and elsewhere. By bringing global systems of clothing provision into clearer view, the book offers valuable resources for vigorous debate over what an alternative world might look like.
— Gillian Hart, author of Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, Hegemony

Clothing Poverty above London Fashion Week

Andrew Brooks’s Clothing Poverty is a lively exploration of the hidden world of fast fashion and second-hand clothing that invites us to think of where our clothes come from. The book reveals a complicated geography of wealth and poverty that make Western consumers complicit in creating a clothing production system that gives people in the global South few chances to escape poverty.
— Karen Tranberg Hansen, Professor Emerita, Northwestern University
Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a global journey to expose the inequalities and injustices that exist within the second-hand clothing trade and the manufacturing of garments destined for Western markets. Thought-provoking and insightful, Brooks highlights a long overdue need for ‘radical advocacy’ to improve social justice within the supply chain, and between producers and consumers. A fascinating, must-read text for those interested in the ethics surrounding sustainability in fashion and design.
— Alison Gwilt, author of Fashion Design for Living and A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion
This engaging and well-written book significantly contributes to our knowledge of the second-hand clothing trade in Africa. It focuses on some of the least explored outcomes of the fast-fashion system we all live in - that is, what we increasingly and quickly cast off.
— Alessandra Mezzadri , SOAS, University of London