Capital Crimes of Fashion
Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion (Book Review)
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/07/2015
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21237
Book Review of Tansy E. Hoskins' Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion.
In February 2013, 21-year-old Kayla Phillips - who happened to be Black - bought a bright orange leather bag costing $2,500 by Paris brand Celine. Then things went disastrously wrong.
The woman left the store, but the clerk notified the police. Apparently the clerk believed there was no way that a Black, working-class woman could have the means to buy such a bag legitimately. Undercover officers found her a few blocks away and she was charged with credit card fraud.
Two months later, Trayon Christian, 19, was followed by plainclothes officers outside the same store and accused of fraud after he purchased a $349 Ferragamo belt.
In August 2014, justice, at least, was won: Barney's agreed to pay to those defendants a combined $525,000 for racial profiling.