Earlier this month, Fast Company staff writer Elizabeth Segran put forth an idea for the Biden administration: the President should appoint a fashion czar. “Biden could appoint someone who would hold the industry responsible for its environmental and human rights violations,” she wrote. “The fashion czar could advocate for Congress to pass laws that would hold brands accountable for labor violations…. This czar could transform America into a global hub of sustainable and humane fashion, ensuring it stays a thriving part of the economy.”
The idea seemed to take off, undoubtedly in part due to its irresistible moniker—and now Segran is delivering a letter to the White House and congress formally petitioning for such a position. Brands including Everlane, Allbirds, and Reformation have signed on, as well as journalists, academics, and several sustainable fashion organizations. But does the country really need one?
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