I recently visited Bangkok after almost 20 years!
When I was there I visited both the Take5 shop in Siam Square, and the Pronto shop in CentralWorld (there are others). Both are worth visiting if you are in the Thailand. Take5 have a much larger range of the Japanese brands.
Here’s a funny video by the Pronto guys on how to fade denim. It’s like a Thai version of Jackass.
Check their YouTube channel for more videos in the series. Some include subtitles in English that you can toggle on with the youtube toolbar.
Child slavery is an ongoing problem in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry. Around 90 per cent of Uzbek cotton is harvested by hand with approximately half of all cotton picked by state-sponsored forced child labour. Human rights groups estimate that hundreds of thousands of children are involved each year.
Uzbekistan is the sixth largest producer of cotton in the world and the third biggest exporter, generating over US$1 billion annually through the export of around 850,000 tonnes of cotton every year. Cotton is currently enjoying a 200 year-high price and Uzbekistan’s President Karimov recently announced that the profit from this year’s cotton harvest is expected to increase by 35 per cent. Despite these profits, those ordered to pick the cotton remain impoverished.
If you’re reading this blog, then you probably pay a lot of attention to clothing details. However, we cannot be certain if an item of clothing contains any cotton from Uzbekistan.
There is room in the market for some brands/retailers to really give the customer transparency.
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