Fashion And Prison Labor

with Teju Adisa-Farrar

Is it a “sustainable” brand if it’s made in prison? Unfortunately this issue is more common than we may think. This class looks at the history of prison labor and colonialism connected to economic domination, the types of garments made in prison and the brands that (have) use(d) prison labor, including some “sustainable” one. What does prison abolition mean for the fashion industry?


Books/Literary Texts/Articles

Who/What to Follow


  • Ruth Wilson Gilmore

  • Angela Davis

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Teju Adisa-Farrar

Teju is a Jamaican-American writer, poet and geographer. Her focus is on contemporary and historical Black geographies as they relate to the environment, urban ecologies and culture. Having lived in 7 different countries, Teju uses a transnational lens that is informed by history, art and activism. Her work supports developing alternatives, creating infrastructure for regenerative projects, and participating in co-creation. She advocates for and speaks about environmental and climate justice focusing on urban areas, communities of color, and postcolonial populations.

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