Do Nari, Ai, and their roommates still have jobs?

The downturn in our spending is hitting the Cambodian garment industry and I wonder what it means for the lives of the workers I met in Cambodia (From the Phnom Penh Post):

Garment exports – the country’s chief source of foreign exchange – contracted in January to less than a third of their value compared with the same period last year, the Ministry of Commerce announced Tuesday…

The Free Trade Union of Cambodia said Monday that more than 20,000 garment workers have already lost their jobs this year, with another 10,000 at risk of becoming unemployed as more garment factories face closure.


Hi Kelsey,

I’m at chapter 15 of your book now… I bought it in Paris while I was working for a famous brand here in Brazil (My Country) at the fashion week.

I just have to say that my next dream trip is to Bangladesh and that’s becouse of your book. I’m graduated in Fashion Business and work in the field for about 7 years now. Currently I work for a beachwear brand and do all the export business of the company. I’m a little different from most of Fashion professionals, I’m totally into politics and social works, you can check a little of that in my blog. I’m very happy that you wrote this book and know that you have a supporter here in Brazil.

All the best,


Kelsey says:


My book Bought by a Brazilian in Paris? Wow, I feel so international.

I love hearing from folks in the industry. I think people such as yourself are in the best position to educate consumers, encourage brands, and help workers. I hope WAIW? can help you do that.

I love Bangladesh, or more accurately the people of Bangladesh. You should definitely go.

I checked out your blog. Keep me posted about your work. If I can ever be of assistance in the future please let me know.

I have read so many posts about the blogger lovers
but this paragraph is in fact a good post, keep it up.

Let your voice be heard!