The Global Fashion Industry’s Moment of Truth in Xinjiang

A worker at a Huafu Fashion plant during a government-organized trip for foreign journalists, in Aksu, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 20, 2021 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).
A worker at a Huafu Fashion plant during a government-organized trip for foreign journalists, in Aksu, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 20, 2021 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).

In January this year, two shipments of shirts made by the major Japanese brand Uniqlo arrived at a port in Los Angeles, where they were detained by the U.S. authorities. Few heard about the seizures until they were revealed in documents released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency in May. It’s been a quiet story, receiving none of the media commotion that accompanied the Chinese boycott against fast fashion giant H&M and other retailers in March—but it has sent a ripple of fear through the fashion industry, nonetheless. The confiscation was part of a U.S. effort to prevent […]

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