Essay Forever 21: Too Good to Be True?

1388 Words May 13th, 2012 6 Pages
Too Good To Be True?
Forever 21 and its Illegal and Immoral Policies After a recent shopping spree at Forever 21, the many hours spent perusing the rakes brought continuous amazement at the low prices found on the tags. How could clothes this trendy and fashionable possibly come at such a reasonable price? This question was quickly followed by an unsettling yet painfully obvious thought. Sweatshops. To me, there was no other explanation as to how one of the world’s most popular clothing stores for young woman could provide such a marked down price to its customers. The stylish knockoffs became to me what they had always been, too good to be true. Upon returning from my long day of shopping, I decided to dig a bit deeper into this
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(Wiseman). Instead of making things right, Forever 21 countersued the workers as well as the Garment Workers Center, which helped the workers file suit for defamation, and with the defense that they shouldn’t be responsible for their manufacturing plants’ working conditions. The company was smacked down when a judge ruled that Forever 21 was in fact responsible for the poor conditions at its suppliers’ manufacturing plants. The company settled with workers for an undisclosed amount out of court. As of August 2011, Forever 21 has been sued for copyright infringement over forty times, each time by a different designer. Like their claims against sweatshop abuse, the company says that their manufacturers’ copied designs are also not their fault. As Chang told a UK newspaper, Gaurdian, “I have in the past overly trusted people and was, in turn, let down by some. Since then I have learned the difference between putting faith into people and blindly trusting them.” For most people, that would mean stopping the copyright infringement, or at least changing suppliers. Apparently, to Chang, it means continuing to “blindly trust” people to keep making him money with copied designs, and letting them take the blame when he gets sued.
Chang and Forever 21 have started such uproar in the fashion world that a bill