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Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade
     

Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade

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by Rachel Louise Snyder
 
In the business of making and selling clothes, the ubiquitous "Made in" labels do precious little to convey the constellation of treaties, countries, and people at work in the assembly of a simple pair of jeans. In Fugitive Denim, Rachel Louise Snyder reports from the far reaches of this multi-billion-dollar industry in search of the real people who make your clothes.

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In the business of making and selling clothes, the ubiquitous "Made in" labels do precious little to convey the constellation of treaties, countries, and people at work in the assembly of a simple pair of jeans. In Fugitive Denim, Rachel Louise Snyder reports from the far reaches of this multi-billion-dollar industry in search of the real people who make your clothes.

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Library Journal

Blue jeans are as American as Jell-O and the Beach Boys. But freelance journalist Snyder exposes their backside and splits the seams to look into denim and its global significance. This book more or less parallels the themes of Pietra Rivoli's Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, so the story is not an entirely new one. However, Snyder does an admirable job of putting a human face on the global genesis of blue jeans as a major product. She picks cotton alongside women workers in Azerbaijan, visits denim fabric designers in Italy, attends a textile chemical association conference in North Carolina, witnesses a May Day garment worker demonstration in Cambodia, and hobnobs with socially aware jeans designers in New York. Through these personal glimpses, the political, legal, and economic realities of globalization become apparent. Synder also explores the success of the organic cotton movement and highlights how Ali Hewson (wife of U2 frontman and activist Bono) and fashion designer Gregory Rogan have teamed up on the Edun line of jeans, which are made with strict attention to responsible environmental and labor practices. The story of these "traveling pants" is a good fit for public and academic library business collections.
—Carol J. Elsen

Fast Company
“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.”
Chicago Tribune
“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
Kathryn Masterson - Chicago Tribune
“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.”
Chicago Tribune - Kathryn Masterson
“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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393061802
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/10/2007
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Louise Snyder’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, and the New Republic, and on public radio’s “This American Life” and “Marketplace.” She lives in Cambodia and in Chicago, Illinois.

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Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A month or so ago, I received a call from an excited colleague who was wondering if I¿d be willing to review a book for her. It seems her friend had just successfully published a book and was to begin publicizing it in a round of events. My reply was, ¿Sure, have the publisher send me a copy.¿ A couple of weeks later, a review copy of Fugitive Denim arrived and I thought, ¿What have I done? This may be tough to get through.¿ Well, instead I had a tough time putting it down. Far from a dry treatise on globalization, I found myself immersed in the lives of several characters and wanting to know more about them and how they were ¿getting along.¿ Ms. Snyder, in discussing her book with friends took to joking that it was ¿about the people in your pants.¿ Indeed! This intriguing story about the people who make our clothes educated me on some of the intricacies of globalization in general and the garment industry in particular. The peoples¿ stories are compelling from Mehman Husseinov who loves cotton, to Rogan who designs denim garments with soul and style to Alison and Bono 'Paul' Hewson who want to support workers worldwide and Scott, the auditor who said, ¿The only boundaries that exist, exist in your own mind.¿ Snyder is an award winning 'Overseas Press Award' investigative journalist. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, Slate, Glamour, Jane, Salon and the New Republic. Her considerable skills are on display in this book. She writes in a clear, concise manner with ample footnote and endnote support. Yet she has managed to weave story that wends its way from Cambodia to Azerbaijan to New York and points in between. Her ability to use an incredible amount of detail to build her characters successfully propels the story forward. Snyder has managed to put a wonderfully human face on a very complex issue of pitting our ecosystem against the undeniable forces of globalization and consumerism. From factories to responsible buyers, the story jets from country to country, from person to person and from celebrity to unsung hero. True to her profession, Snyder avoids preaching or forcing conclusions. Rather she puts facts in front of the reader, with the references for validation, and magically mixes the facts with an incredibly creative wit. Fugitive Denim makes the reader laugh, wonder, and shake her or his head at the sheer complexity of the treaties, quotas and labeling systems we have created. Fugitive Denim is an intelligent, compelling and well documented story that is a cut above other books on the pervasive effects of globalization in our lives. This is a must read for any government official or business executive involved in international sourcing or commerce ¿ and who isn¿t these days? David Kinnear CEO, dbkAssociates, Inc.