What is Lost Stock? Introducing the mystery clothes box scheme where you get half-price fashion from high street brands

Paul J. Carlson
Mystery boxes are the new way to shop: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Mystery boxes are the new way to shop: Getty Images/iStockphoto

With many of us not feeling quite so in need of a regular fashion fix during lockdown, the knock-on effects have been huge.

Millions of Bangladeshi garment factory workers have been left out of work by the coronavirus pandemic, after major fashion brands cancelled orders en masse to the tune of $3.5bn.

“We do not want charity, we just want companies to pay their bills and respect their contracts,” factory owner Mostafiz Uddin told The Independent.

“We have bought the raw materials, we have produced the garments, we have invested the money and we will not be able to survive. We will literally die. It will be impossible for us to handle this. Our workers will be suffering a lot. I have no words to express what it will do to us.”

Some 135,000 tonnes of new clothes

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Learn the truth behind brands like Boohoo

Paul J. Carlson
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iStock/The Independent

The affordability of clothing coupled with #ootd culture leads many of us to think we need a new outfit whenever we leave our homes. And when it comes to fast fashion, we all plead guilty to it one way or another – either by buying Zara’s polka dot dress last summer or copping Mango’s Bottega Veneta inspired clutch bag.

The thrill we get after finding a cheap dress or dupe of a designer piece is undeniably problematic. And we needn’t look far to know that the price tag of many of our fashion buys frequently does not reflect the item’s true cost.

The ethical and environmental issues surrounding the fashion industry are no secret and have been brought to light in the past few years, namely after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013. Around a third of the 3,122 workers died and the

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7 queer-led brands you should be shopping

Paul J. Carlson
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Happy Pride! Annually during the month of June, people around the world celebrate and uplift the LGBTQIA+ community, while honoring the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York.

While many Pride marches, parties and large gatherings were canceled this year due to the global pandemic, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still show your love and support for the queer community. Donating what you can to charities and organizations that help uplift LGBTQIA+ people is a great place to start, and this charity navigator is a fantastic resource if you’re in need of a few suggestions. You can also show your pride by waving or

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