Over the past few weeks, the fashion industry — and its followers — have begun calling on complete and total transparency from brands. Popular fast fashion names like Fashion Nova and Forever 21 have all come under scrutiny for claiming to support movements like Black Lives Matter, all the while being accused of underpaying their garment workers. California’s Garment Worker Protection Act hopes to ensure fair pay for California garment workers. (The companies in question have either explicitly denied allegations or made statements that they follow best practices to ensure compliance.)
Efforts to change the garment factory conditions have been ongoing for years but recent events have put a new spotlight on factory workers. In a piece for the New York Times, a sewer for Fashion Nova described the working conditions for the brand as “dismal,” citing, “There were cockroaches….