The rise and fall of Forever 21 and the reinterpretation of fast fashion

Like other 22-year-old graduate students, I grew up with the cheap constancy of brands such as Forever 21, Rue 21, and Charlotte Russe. These businesses, lined up side by side in the run-down mall in my college town, provided easily accessible going-out ‘fits and fed the never-ending pile of perpetually decaying t-shirts and sweaters in the corner of my cramped dorm room.

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