C ovid-19 is not simply a public health crisis, it’s also a major ecological problem. Researchers have currently linked coronavirus, together with a host of other deadly diseases, to human destruction of wildlife and land. While the pandemic has gravely affected the fashion industry and numerous others, all of these problems are deeply linked. The pervasive exploitation of human labour, land grabs, extensive contamination, dry spell and more are what got us here.
The cracks in the system seem to get deeper every day, revealing the industry’s currently damaged bits: huge box brand names refuse to pay garment employees who already browse low wages, poor working conditions, cravings, and illness; small and big services are being required to down shutters; some are applying for insolvency while others stick on by cutting hundreds of jobs. Many lives are being lost while our economy is tanking, taking the fashion business together with it.
This month designer Diane von Furstenberg announced the closure of 18 of her 19 shops. According to the New York Times, over 60 per cent of the corporate and retail personnel in the United States, Britain and France were laid off with financial institutions complaining about unpaid costs. Apparently the DVF brand name, like lots of modern style business, had been browsing service challenges for a long time currently but the pandemic pushed the brand over the edge.
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