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On our minds: fashion behind bars

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by adakallgren on 25 November, 2015

Is taking to imprisoned workers with low pay and little say an ethical thing to do – or is it simply exploitative?

On our minds is fashion produced behind bars. With the increasing demand for clothing made close to home and a shortage of skilled machinists, several brands have turned to prisons and their inmates for low-cost local manufacturing and the added CSR value of helping prisoners gain new skills that they can use to find employment after their release. But is taking to imprisoned workers with low pay and little say an ethical thing to do – or is it simply exploitative? Read Business of Fashion’s recent article on the topic here. (Image from Peruvian prison-manufactured brand Pietà).


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