Anthropologie’s latest catalog arrived in the mail over the weekend, and I spent a little time perusing it Friday night. I’ve written about this brand in the past and even dissected their site to find ethical clothing options, which is the way I shop these days. I just can’t seem to completely let this brand go, and I’ve been excited and hopeful as they sometimes work with ethical and fair trade lines.
But this month’s catalog left a bad taste in my mouth from my first glimpse at the cover, and I can’t say I’m really surprised at all. The lookbook is beautiful and was photographed in India, as you can see from the picture above. It’s filled with pages and pages of clothing inspired by India, but I can’t tell if they are actually made there, since most things are labeled as “Imported.” I’ve shared my frustration about this issue in the past, and it doesn’t seem to have improved over time. As I glanced at the pages, I was struck by the irony of this artfully directed shoot in an exotic location, filled with clothing that was, in most cases, made in a completely different country.
Looking through the catalog, I found three brands that sounded, simply by their names, like they might be based in India. Two were husband and wife design teams, Pankaj & Nidhi and Deepa Gurnani. Pankaj & Nidhiis a successful clothing brand based in India, so you can assume their clothing is made there, though it’s possible it’s not. But there’s no mention of production methods on their site. The second, Deepa Gurnani, is a line of jewelry inspired by India, but again, there’s no mention of production practices. To be completely fair, both lines may have completely above-the-board production methods, but offer no transparency.
Read the rest on Walking with Cake.