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Is Fast Fashion Worth Its Cheap Cost?

Asha Pabla
Asha Pabla

Asha Pabla holds degrees in design from what is now Philadelphia University and Parsons School of Design. Her love of fabric and fashion compelled her to accept management positions in the garment industry, culminating in a design position at Liz Claiborne. In addition to this practical experience, Asha Pabla has thought extensively about the economic and social impacts of the fashion industry.

When customers buy clothing from well-known design houses, they understand that they are paying more for the quality of planning, execution, and materials involved. American designers such as Marc Jacobs, Phillip Lim, and Narciso Rodriguez offer looks that blend cutting-edge design and an architectural quality of construction with classic elegance.

Yet, a vigorous worldwide “fast-fashion” industry exists side by side with these marquee fashion names, copying runway trends to turn a quick profit. Additionally, companies churn out numerous “knock-off” labels for sale at low prices. In many cases, the factory conditions for the manufacture of these fast-fashion looks are subpar, exploiting workers outside the reach of American and European regulations about fair labor conditions.

The press has reported extensively on dangerous environments in non-Western garment factories, where most of the employees are female. Toxic elements such as lead can accumulate in workers’ bodies, their workplaces may catch fire, and they often suffer harassment.

Advocates now ask Western customers to look more closely at the labels they buy to make fashion truly beautiful for everyone whose life it touches.

Liz Claiborne – An Iconic American Fashion Brand

Liz Claiborne pic
Liz Claiborne

Asha Pabla earned a degree in interior design from Parsons School of Design after completing the undergraduate program in the same field at Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science (now Philadelphia University). In her studies, Asha Pabla concentrated on the history and use of textiles. Her formal education and interest in fashion proved instrumental in finding work as a fashion designer with Liz Claiborne in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

More than just a label on stylish, affordable women’s clothing, Liz Claiborne was the first female entrepreneur whose company achieved a ranking on the Forbes 500. From its founding in 1976 through the 1990s, the company enjoyed widespread popularity among professional women and demonstrated resilience during tough economic cycles.

Born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1929, Anne Elisabeth Jane Claiborne started her company in New York to meet demand for an alternative to the often starched and fussy business suits of the 1970s. In partnership with her husband, she created and marketed a wide range of well-designed yet easy-care, mix-and-match sportswear in vibrant color palettes.

The company hit its peak in the mid-1980s. As it entered the Forbes list, its sales easily surpassed the $5 million mark.