I find great thrifted sweaters (CASHMERE!) and then I don't feel sad when they develop balls a year in. Also, less likely that you'll be wearing the same thing as everyone else :)
@Kristin Marie@facebook I do not, but I frequent those establishments and see the fliers. I also don't read all of Sari's work but she linked all of those articles above, hence me pointing out that it doesn't appear people are reading this entire article. I totally agree that Kingston should be welcoming newcomers, as long as they are contributing to the growth of the town in a positive way. It's just obvious that a lot of people skipped over the entire beginning of Sari's article, where she sings many praises of Kingston, and instead focused entirely on her very tongue-in-cheek reasons for not moving to Kingston. (Anyone who would be genuinely deterred from moving to Kingston because of ice should not leave the city).
@Kristin Marie@facebook You realize she only listed the negative things about Kingston in a satirical attempt to deter people from moving to Kingston and making it more expensive? Sari knows everything about what it means to be a part of a community - she hosts events at BSP and Outdated, she participates in O+, she has contributed to the New York Times PROMOTING the beauty of this area. READ, people.
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@nell Thank you for pointing this out, you have a great point. This is an organization I try to keep up with: http://www.laborrights.org/. I believe in also taking an ethical stance as a consumer when you can, and I really do feel I make a difference (even waste wise) by not buying new clothing made overseas every season.
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@guenna77 I would say in terms of the lesser of two evils, I would rather support an American made product made by a company that offers fair wages to immigrants than a literal sweatshop that oppresses women and children in a multitude of ways (most of which we probably don't know about, because companies like Gap and Old Navy work hard to cover them up). Also, none of American Apparel's models are "pre pubescent" - get your facts straight. Don't take everything you see in the media for face value. American Apparel might have it's issues but you would have to be insane to say that their problems are a bigger issue than the illegal behavior happening daily, for years, in Bangladeshi sweatshops to produce clothing for Old Navy and Gap.
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It makes me sad to see all these comments about clothing being purchased from stores that manufacture everything in sweatshops overseas. Old Navy is one of the worst offenders, paying workers 20 cents an hour, firing pregnant women, and regularly subjecting their workers to 17 hour shifts. Gap, Banana Republic, Madewell, Target - none of these are much better. I know it's the reality of modern day shopping, but please stop and think about where your clothing comes from. Try (harder) to find clothing in thrift shops. Support companies like Everlane, American Apparel, or Steven Alan (GREAT sales). Buy less, but buy better.
This is my favorite kind of post! Love hearing about spending habits of ex-pats overseas. I hope to live outside of the US at some point so it's always nice to have a frame of reference. Phoebe, can I ask why you lived in India before? Was it for work or just for fun?
Consider yourself lucky. When I was 19, I went to visit my best friend who was studying in France. It was my first time out of the country. After a lovely 8 day trip, I headed to Charles de Gaulle Airport on the Metro and, due to my confusion with the way generally everything worked (really, it's a miracle I even took public transportation to the airport alone with no language skills) I arrived approximately 40 minutes before my flight was to depart - not the best thing, but it could have been worse. They wouldn't even let me check in because I had to be there an hour early for an international flight (something I wasn't aware of, and still don't always abide by). I had to PURCHASE AN ENTIRE NEW FLIGHT BACK TO THE USA. I called my father, hysterical, and he had to put it on a credit card. Felt like a scam. It's been 10 years and I still haven't been back to France.
Rachel Comey usually gets marked down 75% off or more at the end of every season. Never pay full price for her stuff. Also: INA, Century 21, Tokyo Joes, Tokio 7.
2 years out (graduated in 2012 from CUNY - Hunter) and I'm making mid-career salary ($75K). This is due entirely to the fact that I worked full time through college which helped me obtain the position I have today (digital producer). This position also has absolutely nothing to do with my degree (BA, Philosophy). Ah, life is weird.