Ethical Values of the Urban Outfitters Family

One of America’s millennials most popular retail stores would have to be Urban Outfitters- known for their grunge, hipster vibes, yet chic for an insta-worthy picture. Urban Outfitters is the parent of Anthropologie and Free People- these three stores sweep young adults off their feet all across the nation with their unique style which allows individuals to feel different and special in their own way for owning clothing that isn’t basic. However, I would like to research about Anthropologie’s ethical values, but since Anthropologie is under URBN, I’ll dive into their family values; where does URBN clothing come from? (United States, China, Indonesia etc) and most importantly, how well does URBN treat their manufactures?

Just by looking at that picture above, doesn’t the fashion just look expensive? Anthropologie is known for a lady store that sells anything from big-flared jeans and a silky blouse, beauty products, a bridal concept, to bed sheets or silverware and modern furniture. This retail store offers a lot and I can’t lie, I definitely shop from Anthropologie and every time I go straight to the sell section! Their prices for a basic tee can be anywhere from $62.00 to $80.00, just for a plain t-shirt, that’s wild! Why does a plain-cotton t-shirt cost SO much? Although, I did notice that basic t-shirts at Urban Outfitters are significantly cheaper compared to Anthropologie. Anthropologie struggles to identify who they are as a brand. Many people shop from specific stores they favor due to their brand but Anthropologie is not one of those stores- they struggle to find it’s clear identity.

Nonetheless, I am more interested in their labor conditions. URBN is proud to promote their OU Community Cares, where employees and customers are encouraged to to give back to their community. I love this aspect but what about the individuals who work for the supply chain? According to the California Transparency in Supply Act, they state about their labor policies, they are committed to NOT use child or slave labor. Unfortunately, that is all I have researched about their labor conditions through another article source. I would still like to further research how often their factories are audited, who and where their supply chains are located.

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