Earlier today, Bib + Tuck, the recently-launched online marketplace for swapping clothing, hosted a Google Hangout panel on the high costs of fast fashion.
Fashionista Editor-at-Large Lauren Sherman led the conversation; participants included Zady co-founder Soraya Darabi, journalist Elizabeth Cline (author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Costs of Cheap Fashion) and sustainability writer Amy Dufault.
Panelists agreed that public interest in ethical fashion has surged in the wake of the Rana Plaza factory fire earlier this year, but suggested that there isn't yet a true alternative to fast fashion, one with mass reach. The conversation also touched on the dubious legitimacy of some mainstream eco-initiatives, the radical possibilities of upcycling and why we should all be optimistic about the future of sustainability.
A YouTube video of the live panel was just posted: