How can we work to make our globalized system of fashion more sustainable and more ethical?  In order to change the fashion system, it helps to know how it is organized—spatially, socially, and ideologically.  In this short introduction to the industry, we’ll look at a graphics illustrating fashion’s global production chain and examine both what it reveals and what it conceals.

Jessamyn Hatcher’s academic work focuses on fashion labor and fashion use. She is a contributing writer to the New Yorker, and runs the Textile Revival Workshop, a mobile lab and collective designed to extend, support, and imagine strategies to positively impact the social and environmental costs of fashion production, distribution, consumption, and disposal. She holds a PhD from Duke University.

Jordan Williams is the Assistant Director of Digital Communications for Enrollment Management at NYU, where he manages the social media strategy for the division. Prior to joining NYU, he worked at Columbia University as the Communications Officer for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid. Jordan earned both his BA in Strategic Communication and MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Missouri. In his free time, he enjoys weekly trips to the movies, attending Broadway shows and recording his very own podcast.