Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade

Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade

by Rachel Louise Snyder

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Overview

“A fascinating chronicle of the $55-billion-a-year global denim industry.” —David Futrelle, Los Angeles Times

Rachel Louise Snyder reports from the far reaches of the multi-billion-dollar denim industry in search of the people who make your clothes. From a cotton picker in Azerbaijan to a Cambodian seamstress, a denim maker in Italy to a fashion designer in New York, Snyder captures the human, environmental, and political forces at work in a complex and often absurd world. Neither polemic nor prescription, Fugitive Denim captures what it means to work in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393065107
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/20/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 145,857
File size: 474 KB

About the Author

Rachel Louise Snyder’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, and the New Republic, and on public radio’s “This American Life” and “Marketplace.” She lives in Cambodia and in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents


Part 1
The Subversive Ecosystem     13
The Vegetable Lamb Conquers the World     30
White Gold and All-Tex Quickie     46
The Little Volcanoes We Carry     54
These Galoshes Were Made for Walking     70
The Particular Dream of Cheesecake Ends     81
Part 2
God's Nectar and Other Denim You Don't Know You Wear     93
Urinating on Your Jeans Just Makes Good Sense     125
How the West Was Won     138
A Society of the Mind and Other Atmospheric Contaminants     145
The Artisan of Unbearable Shopping     156
Part 3
In the Living We Lose Control     167
The Ghosts in the Trees     180
The Long Arm of the Non-Law     209
Three Men and a Foreign Policy     223
A Village with No Daughters     241
Part 4
Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Factory Doors     251
A View of One's Own Fatigued Auditor     270
The Third Party, Exhibit A: The Two-second Handshake     282
The Third Party, Exhibit B: The Last-Minute Orgy and Other Shoppers' Delights     289
The Guardians of Edun     294
Epilogue     312
Acknowledgments     321
Notes     325
Index     335

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