Dressing the Ten Commandments

Over the last month, I have posted on natural law and how its approach to ethics can help us think about costume and body modification.   St. John Paul II made a distinctive contribution to natural law thinking. I argued in Ecstatic Morality and Sexual Politics (2005) that this contribution brilliantly develops aspects of Aquinas’s…

Vetements and the gnomes of Zurich

This post is about the disturbing link between fashion and tax havens.   Vetements has just moved to Switzerland to benefit from the gnomes of Zurich. A phrase coined back in the `60’s by a British socialist politician, George Brown (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8534936.stm), the gnomes are the bankers of Switzerland who ably and secretly shield family wealth…

The king’s robe: Aquinas on idolatry (part 2)

Our Baltimore garage poster is, of course, a cheeky poster. Professor Kass lays great stress on the Ten Commandments as the foundation of a community. Does the poster mean that the Second Amendment protects this community established by the commandments? And, if so, is it arguing that the Second Amendment is a crucial clarification of…

So very Max Scheler

Surprisingly, the shoe above dates to 1938 and was made by Salvatore Ferragamo.  It is featured in an excellent article about the use designers make of the archives in Italian fashion houses (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/20/fashions-attics). This very much matches Scheler’s estate as a model for business practice: tradition and creativity linked.  Please see V&R Chapter 5 for…

Me on the radio

Here is the audio file from my speaking about the ethics of fashion on Sirius XM Radio a couple of weeks back. Doing radio is hard, so hopefully it makes sense!  Just click and the programme actually kicks in at a minute and a half. You first hear me around the 11th minute mark. http://www.justloveblog.org/audio/2017/Just%20Love%202.15.17.mp3…

Nasty Gal needed Max Scheler

A media darling, Sophia Amoruso, developed her $85 million business Nasty Gal from originally selling vintage finds on eBay. The brand expanded quickly and also failed utterly. The spectacular rise and fall of the fashion company has become something of a case study in the business world.   The details of what went wrong are…