Clothing Poverty

Clothing Poverty

The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-Hand Clothes

Andrew Brooks


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  • The new and updated edition of Brooks’ fascinating account of the fast-fashion and clothing recycling industries.
  • Uses the journey of a pair of jeans to provide a unique insight into the global clothing industry, and revealing where our donated clothes really end up.
  • A riveting global narrative taking in everything from Mozambican markets, Nigerian smugglers and Chinese factories to London’s vintage clothing scene.
  • Also offers a novel behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the fashion industry, including at Vivienne Westwood and TOMS shoes.


Andrew Brooks:
Andrew Brooks is a lecturer in development geography at King’s College London. His research examines connections between spaces of production and places of consumption, and particularly the geographies of economic and social change in Africa. Fieldwork has taken him to India, Papua New Guinea and across Africa. Research in Africa has included extensive investigations of markets and politics in Malawi and Mozambique as well as Chinese investment in Zambia.