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

by Rachel Louise Snyder


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

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)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1
The Subversive Ecosystem     13
The Vegetable Lamb Conquers the World     30
White Gold and All-Tex Quickie     46
The Little Volcanoes We Carry     54
These Galoshes Were Made for Walking     70
The Particular Dream of Cheesecake Ends     81
Part 2
God's Nectar and Other Denim You Don't Know You Wear     93
Urinating on Your Jeans Just Makes Good Sense     125
How the West Was Won     138
A Society of the Mind and Other Atmospheric Contaminants     145
The Artisan of Unbearable Shopping     156
Part 3
In the Living We Lose Control     167
The Ghosts in the Trees     180
The Long Arm of the Non-Law     209
Three Men and a Foreign Policy     223
A Village with No Daughters     241
Part 4
Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Factory Doors     251
A View of One's Own Fatigued Auditor     270
The Third Party, Exhibit A: The Two-second Handshake     282
The Third Party, Exhibit B: The Last-Minute Orgy and Other Shoppers' Delights     289
The Guardians of Edun     294
Epilogue     312
Acknowledgments     321
Notes     325
Index     335

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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.