L.A. Weekly Fashion Issue 2012: Dressing Ethically
We all talk, these days, about eating ethically -- how to fill our bellies without wasting carbon miles, poisoning the Earth or torturing animals. Restaurants boast about their organic ingredients; the best ones will even tell you where the pig you're eating came from.
Photographer: Riley Kern, Riley Kern Studio; Hair/Styling: Ivy D'Muerta; Model: Megan Renee The cover of our fashion issue
All good. But we rarely talk about dressing ethically. Where did the T-shirt you're wearing come from? How were conditions for the workers who made it? And before that, what went into producing the fabric? How many pesticides were used? How many dyes were poured? How long before you get sick of it and it ends up in a landfill?
This year's Fashion Issue aims to talk about all of that.
In our cover story, Patrick Range McDonald profiles a community that would rather go naked than wear fur. Elise Edwards checks in with a few local clothing companies making an effort to get it right, Lenika Cruz explores the heart of the eco-conscious fashion scene, and Gendy Alimurung investigates fashion's dirty secret -- sweatshops.
There are no easy answers here. But that shouldn't stop us from asking the questions.
Full list of stories from our fashion issue:
*West Hollywood's New Fur Ban Could Be a Model for the Nation. Opponents Want to Strike It Down.
Photo by Riley Kern