Good Bindings We Bring

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It’s getting chilly, and we’re ready to snuggle up with a heated blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, our furry friends, and a good ol’ book.

If you’re too busy prepping for the holidays to even think about stocking up with some good reads, fret not – we’ve got you covered. Here are some of Team JUST’s picks for you to explore the global fashion industry, ethical shopping, and our relationships with our threads. The good stuff doesn’t stop there either – being the bookworms that we are 🐛📚, we couldn’t stop at just books about fashion. And if none of these tickle your fancy, we’ve also included some of the books we put on our wish lists.

Pro-tip: just hyperlink this page in your e-mail to Santa 🎅🏼!

FOR THE ETHICAL SHOPPER

Clothing Poverty by Andrew Brooks

“It’s a book that follows your used and donated clothes, where they end up and how it impacts economic and geographical development. And the book is also very thorough, with case studies and statistics and interviews (a researcher’s dream). All the more reason to spend wisely & shop slowly, because after reading this you soon realize that donating to Goodwill might not always be the best option.”

Alma, Research Volunteer

Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan

“Wear No Evil is a breakdown of EVERYTHING you need to be thinking about when buying clothes. Eagan provides readers with some essential tools for conscious consumerism. The Integrity Index is a way for readers to check-list their ethics and values when shopping. It may seem like a long list of criteria but before you know it you’re asking the right questions whenever you shop. This book is a quick, easy read and you can use it as a reference guide when you need a little refresh.”

Will, Ambassador Program Lead

The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli

“This book focuses on how many diverse markets are involved in something as simple as making a plain T-shirt purchased at a drug store in Florida. Most people wear T-shirts and probably don’t think twice about where it originated from. Rivoli follows and examines the long journey a simple T-shirt faces before it gets to your closet and even where it goes after. This book brings that long journey to a very human level – telling the stories of those who are directly involved the journey of a T-shirt, from the farmers to the factories. This book goes to show that a T-shirt is not just a T-shirt.”

– Stephanie, Ambassador Program Lead

Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion by Clare Press

“A witty look at the changing face of the fashion industry and our relationship with clothes, the book examines the entire fashion eco system and how we arrived at the buy and discard culture we have today. This is a funny, and highly informative read that I can definitely recommend.”

– Jacinta, Head of Research

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline

“Fast fashion may have met its match. This book reveals the real cost of buying fast fashion; on the environment, communities, and consumers’ pockets. Cline shows just what’s wrong with the system of fast fashion – from production to disposal. This’ll make you stop and think when you look at the tag on your garments.”

– Leah, Community Engagement

The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake

“It’s not really about sustainable fashion, more about fashion history in 70’s Paris. Think Yves Saint Laurent vs Lagerfeld throwing major shade at each other, drunken debauchery, disco, drugs, debutantes, luxurious clothes and castles but also heartbreak, depression and death (omg alliteration points). It’s a wild ride from start to finish!”

– Alma, Research Volunteer

FOR THE BOLD BOOKWORM

The Third Plate by Dan Barber

“We often talk about how much the fashion industry looks to the food industry in terms of its transition over time. There are so many parallels between apparel and food production (fast vs slow, sustainable vs unsustainable), and as you read through Dan Barber’s remarkable book, they become increasingly clear. My favorite thing about The Third Plate is that it not only explains to you, in very simple terms, how the food industry is intricately linked to natural systems, and how it has evolved over time – but more importantly, he offers up a real, actionable alternative way of consuming and thinking about food that we can move towards. It gives me a lot of hope that we can similarly find alternatives in the fashion industry and actually change the way we shop – and what better way to round off the year / kick off a new year than with a healthy dose of optimism.

– Rhea, Chief Product Officer

Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

“Basically it’s a series of vignettes starting from the 60’s/70’s and progressing until present day of American’s whose lives have changed with our shifting democracy and economy.  Packer is an incredible storyteller, creating empathy for all of this characters both the winners and the losers.  It’s made me realize how big my own backyard is and how just a few small decisions, policies and votes can irrevocably change our lives. It’s a reckoning and an inspiration.”

– Natalie, Co-Founder & CEO

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

“Sinek explains how to inspire with ideas. The golden circle, the celery test, and the split test are three ideas that Sinek talks about regarding how to get people to follow one’s idea. Sinek’s argument is that people will believe in one’s idea if they are given a reason to. He references why people buy Apple products and fly on Southwest Airlines as examples of his theory.

– Shoshanna, Brand & Content Advisor

📚 ON OUR WISH LIST 🎄

Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World by Dorka Keehn

Fashion Made Fair by Ellen Köhrer & Magdalena Schaffrin

Where Am I Wearing? by Kelsey Timmerman

Grace: 30 years of Fashion at Vogue by Grace Coddington

Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics by Safia Minney

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Have a book you’d love to recommend? Leave us a note in the comments!

Rhea Rakshit

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