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Smart and ambitious, cosmopolite journalist Snyder maps the global garment industry, beginning in a New York loft where designers plot a line of ultra-pricy, socially responsible jeans that would ensure a fair wage for workers and not cause excessive environmental degradation. From there she visits cotton growers in Azerbaijan, denim specialists in Italy and factories in Cambodia and China. An excellent reporter, Snyder talks comfortably to both sophisticated designers and factory workers, conveying their very different motives as she paints a picture of an industry far more tangled than most consumers imagine. She notes that economic and employment shifts are felt globally, describing Italy mourning the loss of manufacturing to cheaper factories in Asia, where low-paying jobs represent unprecedented opportunity to many workers. If the prose occasionally verges on cuteness, it's preferable to the jargon of quotas and NGOs ubiquitous in most discussions of global trade. Snyder's investigation is an essential read for those curious about fashion or the globe-spanning business that produces their clothes. (Dec.)
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“A thoughtful, ultimately hopeful look at how our choices about something as mundane as jeans can alter the lives of people 10,000 miles away.” — Fast Company
“Contains a number of surprises about the most ubiquitous of clothes. . . . Ultimately Snyder gets readers to think about the real costs of clothing, and it’s likely they won’t look at $30 or $200 jeans the same way again.” — Kathryn Masterson (Chicago Tribune)
For me this book was packed with really great information on not only denim but the clothing business in general. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda Gridley
Yes, there's good content here hidden among a lot of useless and boring details (like how one cotton tester likes to knot his ties), but it's such a slog to get through. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JH
a very well researched journey of something i had little awareness of before. certainly i knew that cotton wasn't a fantastic sustainable fibre, that in developing worlds the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by miss w
I read this book for a book review for my international business class and really enjoyed it.
I didn't feel that I was led astray by the synopsis either. Read more
Like many I purchased this for college sociology and it was a pretty cool story despite being forced into purchasing it. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Imagine
Equal parts witty and profound, Fugitive Denim will change the way you look at your jeans. I work in international trade, so I have a fair idea of what's involved. Read morePublished on January 31, 2008 by SkunkTabby
I picked up this book on a recommendation from a friend who knew I'd be interested in the parts that take place in Cambodia. Read morePublished on January 21, 2008 by Soleak Sim