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Levi’s: Made in Lesotho. But You Knew That, Right?

Lesotho. Say it three times. Think Colin Firth as George VI in the movie “The King’s Speech.” Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho. There’s a tongue-twister for you. And where oh where in the world is it, anyway? I’ve never been good at geography, so right there in the checkout line at Big 5 Sporting Goods I askContinue Reading “Levi’s: Made in Lesotho. But You Knew That, Right?”

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To Love or Not to Love Dov

 American Apparel CEO Now Literally Using Old Porn Pics as Ads: There’s a case to be made that the ads are faux child pornography dressed as adult porn, and they’re pretending to advertise AA’s clothes when in fact they’re just some pictures Charney saw in a porn magazine.                                —                                                                                         –Jim Edwards, bnet.com, January 26, 2011 Continue Reading “To Love or Not to Love Dov”

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Desperately Seeking Made in USA

Tell me why, tell me why? Why do fools fall in love?                                                                                        –Herman Santiago & Jimmy Merchant I want so much to love American Apparel. In fact, I’m desperate to love its products, its company, its CEO. I’m itching to buy something besides farmer’s market broccoli or grocery store free range chicken. A pretty skirtContinue Reading “Desperately Seeking Made in USA”

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Will the Real China Please Stand Up?

Ironically, for a country that still claims to be communist, China has grown far more unequal of late. Many peasants and workers share little in the country’s growth, while others are ruthlessly exploited. Corruption is pervasive, which exacerbates existing inequalities. At a local level there are countless instances in which government colludes with developers toContinue Reading “Will the Real China Please Stand Up?”

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Vera Wang and Apple Pie

“My only criticism of the whole thing is of Michelle Obama’s choice of designer and dress. I think it was absolutely wrong for her to wear something by a foreign designer, particularly at a dinner for China, with which we have a terrible trade imbalance.”                                                                                        —Vanity Fair writer Bob Colacello to VF Daily Amen, Bob. WeContinue Reading “Vera Wang and Apple Pie”

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Learning Curve

But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?                                                                                                                   –The Book of Job, 28:12 I arrive home from the grocery store in the early evening, just as the rain’s beginning to fall. It’s so cold I wonder if it may snow. For those of us in the Bay Area, that’s aContinue Reading “Learning Curve”

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Melting Pot

“Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are.”                                                 –Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) Field Research, Part One: Sunday morning I head over to the local donut shop; an obvious attempt to forget China Factory Syndrome. I’m pretty sure this craving traces back to my days as a Catholic school girl. EveryContinue Reading “Melting Pot”