Month: January 2019

What Marie Kondo taught me about conscious consumerism

What Marie Kondo taught me about conscious consumerism

I have always been a messy person. Every space I’ve inhabited—my childhood bedroom, my college dorm room, my current apartment—has been a victim of my tendency to cover every horizontal space with stuff.

So, with an admittedly skeptical mind, I read Marie Kondo’s famous self-help book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

And, I am now pretty convinced that tidying up will change my life. Surprisingly, I also learned a thing or two about conscious consumerism from Marie Kondo.

Dear Reformation, stop commoditizing my culture // On cultural appropriation in “ethical” fashion

Dear Reformation, stop commoditizing my culture // On cultural appropriation in “ethical” fashion

In their first drop of 2019, Reformation kicked off the year with a new style they’ve dubbed the “May dress.” According to the website, the dress is “a tight fitting, mini length dress with a mock neck collar, frog closures and short sleeves.”

According to Chinese people, that’s a qipao (also known as a cheongsam)—a traditional dress most often worn for formal occasions.

As one might expect, when Ref posted a photo of the dress on a white model on Instagram, the comments section blew up in outrage. And as one might, sadly, expect, Reformation hasn’t issued any statement in response, or pulled the dress off their website; in fact, the dress is on their front page.