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In a chat with LA designer Trina Turk and Parsons New School for Design professor/writer Christina Moon on Wednesday, KCRW's Madeleine Brand delves into the topic of Downtown's fast fashion manufacturers and their effects on the apparel industry. During her afternoon show, Press Play, the radio host discusses the rise of retailers like Forever 21 with Moon, who credits fashion-savvy "second generation [American students who] grew up in the rag trade" with the transformation of their Korean parents' mom-and-pop business into a trend-driven global garment producer. The ultra-fast turnaround of runway knocks-offs "has really put downward pressure on prices," Turk says, adding that while a portion of her designs are produced in LA, "anything with embellishments and a lot of handwork would definitely be [...] made overseas." For designers, the key to trumping copycats and not slaving to trends is to establish a brand identity because "your customer expects you to look a certain way and to do certain things," says Turk. Read more about the intriguing topic in Moon's investigative piece for Pacific Standard mag here. [KCRW; Previously; Previously]