Aja Barber is a writer, stylist and consultant focusing on the intersections of sustainability, fashion, and the textile industry. Her work explores the traditions of privilege, wealth inequality, racism, feminism, colonialism, and how these systems of power affect our buying habits.
Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism (September 2021) is her debut book, a treatise on the state of fashion, climate change, and social justice. The book reveals the endemic injustices in our consumer industries, the uncomfortable history of the textile industry, and how these oppressive systems help create a lack of diversity and equality in the fashion industry. Independent booksellers across the UK and Ireland voted to include Consumed on the Non-Fiction shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2023.
Aja has written for The Guardian, CNN, Selfridges, Eco-Age, and a host of other sites. She recently contributed a chapter to “No Offence But…” by Gina Martin (Penguin UK, July 27, 2023).
Originally from Reston, Virginia, Aja currently lives in South East London with her husband and their two cats. In addition to her other work, Aja is a Contributing Editor for Elle UK. She can be found over at her Instagram @ajabarber, microblogging daily.
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