Immigration is one of the most sensitive issues in American politics, but immigration affects so much more than politics, consumerism, and the workforce of America. And you would think that since just about every person who has ever made a purchase or simply stepped outside their home this issue would be second nature.
Although if we rewind a month ago to President Trump’s immigration ban and how many people, companies, and industries spoke up in opposition we notice that for a brief moment it seems as if everyone voiced their opinion in unity. However when I read an article from Business of Fashion (BoF) titled ‘Fashion Industry Remains Silent at Trump’s Immigration Ban’ by Imran Amed I realized the one industry that should have had the most to say about the ban was the most quiet.
We all know that fashion is heavily influenced by different cultures and people from different backgrounds, so you can only imagine the amount of shock I felt when I learned the fashion industry remained quite silent. In the article Amed mentions that “BoF emailed executives at LVMH, Kerning, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta for comment”, but received no answer or a response declining to comment.
Why is that? Is it because the designers of the brands voted for Trump? Is it because the designers supported the immigration ban? Or is it because in today’s society we rather be politically correct than to speak out against things we disagree with? It’s a shame that we can’t speak out against a social issue, but we can live tweet with FOX’s Empire and binge watch endless episodes of reality television.