Welcome to this week’s edition of In the News! This week, we look at how brands have been making good (and more often not making good) on their commitments to address inappropriate behavior and a lack of diversity behind the scenes, consider the deeply problematic colorism that runs rampant in global markets, and revisit the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety.
Tommy Hilfiger partners with The Fashion and Race Database
“The People’s Place Program will partner with FRD to fund and support a new research study called ‘The Unsung History of American Sportswear’ to uncover overlooked influences from Black American culture on signature TOMMY HILFIGER styles. Over the course of 2021, the research will be developed into content series and educational resources that will be available internally, and to industry peers and consumers. The material will be designed to engage with audiences about the unrecognized areas of American style, and to open new dialogue on how marginalized history can come forward through purposeful collaborations in the industry.” Read the full press statement on the PVH website.
Tommy Hilfiger’s People’s Place was established in Elmira, New York, 1971. Image credit: Vestoj.com
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Fashioning African Textiles
This week’s reading list highlights five sources from our Library that explore the complex relationship between textiles and the cultures of the African diaspora. The sources take a material culture approach to delineating the ways in which race, gender, class, and identity are intrinsically linked to the production, trade, and wearing of African textiles, such as African lace, adire cloth, and bogolanfini mudlcoth. Compiled by FRD Research Assistant, Kai Marcel.