Shein is a clothing company based in Nanjing, China. It is widely known for affordable clothing and its targeted advertising to young women on social media. But like any clothing company, Shein has its problems.
Shein has been accused of exploiting workers for their products and stealing from other brands.
According to a Dazed.com article, Shein often steals from designers and they sell the exact same product for a cheaper price, or they change a small thing in the design and sell it. Most of the time, Shein targets small, independent designers.
Because Shein is a big retailer, these designers feel like they can’t keep up.
Shein is also one of the biggest brands for quick crochet. Shein has a wide variety of crochet products that are sold at very low costs. These pieces usually range from $3 to $15.
Crochet cannot be machine made. It can only be made by hand and is very time consuming from experience as both a self-taught knitter and crocheter. Especially when it comes to making garments like halter tops and sweaters.
Many small craft shops sell knitted and crocheted items in the $15 to $200 range on sites like Depop and Etsy, depending on the product.
Think about it, if garment workers are only getting paid 18 cents for a $33 shirt they make, they are most likely getting next to nothing for a garment that costs anywhere from $3 to $15 and typically takes hours to make or sometimes lasts days.
If people continue to buy Shein’s crocheted garments, it will encourage Shein to steal from small-scale designers and exploit their workers.
If you want a handmade garment, support small businesses like Swiss Pointe Designs and Scrunchie Bunnie here in Wichita. You can also learn to make your own garments by buying patterns from small businesses, or you can use free written patterns and tutorials on YouTube and learn how to make it yourself.