Paula is an economist by training, with ten years of experience working in finance and policy development. She is also the founder of sustainable fashion multibrand store Sheer Apparel. She writes about sustainability, style and women in business.
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Most seriously, fashion matters to feminism, because women account for the vast majority of workers in the fashion supply chain. It's a tricky subject as the garment industry can make a valid claim that it has brought comparatively high quality jobs to some of the poorest places, where those types of jobs are otherwise rare.
Yes, women's rights are human rights. And with so many women across the world affected, for better or worse, by our consumption habits, it's time we did a little less marching and let the way we spend our money reflect our values.
As devastating as this week's BBC Panorama programme on Syrian refugee children working in Turkish garment factories was, its revelations do not surprise anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of the garment industry.
When vintage is done well, the quality of the garments is far superior to what you can buy on the high street these days, and that includes some of the premium brands. That's because, by and large, garment manufacturing has become much much faster over the past decade, so garments from the same label now and 20 years ago, will often not be finished to the same standard.
09/09/2016 10:49 BST
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