Models join protest over sweatshops at NY fashion week
NEW YORK CITY, New York (AFP) - Models joined labour activists on Thursday at New York fashion week to protest clothing brand Nautica over its parent company's failure to sign up to improve conditions in Bangladesh factories.
As Nautica unveiled its spring menswear collection on the catwalks at the Lincoln Center, a handful of people picketed outside, holding boards which read: "no one should die for fashion".
"Nautica don't throw workers overboard," read another, as fashionistas dressed to the nines rushed to the Nautica show.
Ms Liana Foxvog of the International Labor Rights Forum said the protesters were demanding that VF corporation - which produces scores of popular clothing brands such as Wrangler, Lee Jeans, Timberland and Eastpak - sign the accord.