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Anti-fast fashion

In Berlin, creators of recycled chic rebel against mass-produced garments

By Yannick Pasquet  /  AFP, Berlin

A newcomer among the mega-retailers, Irish chain Primark, has used very low prices — without advertising — to lure tens of thousands to each store opening in Europe.

In Berlin, as elsewhere, shoppers pile out of the stores loaded with full bags. The rock-bottom prices are in turn fueling controversy over labor conditions among garment makers.

With an eye for irony, Schmidt and Takahashi make most of their clothes from old H&M and Zara garments.

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