21 But Not Forever


Zoey McCarty, Staff Writer

“The locks to the above premises have been changed for failure to pay delinquent rents in the amount of 147,890.29.” This is what shoppers would have seen had they stopped by Forever 21 in the Galleria last week. The question that comes to mind is “What’s going on?” According to recent news reports, Forever 21 stores are closing down one by one all over the United States.

It was just announced that the clothing chain Forever 21 will close over 350 stores nationwide in the United States. The chain has claimed bankruptcy because of low profits and lawsuits over the years. Forever 21 file chapter eleven bankruptcy which specific to businesses. Chapter eleven  allows businesses who are struggling to stay open, but, as a condition, have to restructure their business model to still be in operation.    

“The decisions as to which domestic stores will be closing are ongoing, pending the outcome of continued conversations with landlords,” Forever 21 released in a statement.

Now the workers at Forever 21 has started to organized worker protections to help save their jobs after many Forever 21 stores are to close down all the United States. They aren’t willing to stand by the fate of Forever 21, but going to keep fighting. 

 “It was a real moment, and now we’re seeing it unfold with companies that go bankrupt. Workers realize they don’t have to normalize [this] problem.” said Lily Wang, deputy campaigns director for United For Respect,based labor rights groups in New York City.     

Forever 21 has been known for its unique outfits and affordable prices that has expanded over three decades since April 21,1984. This may be the end of the famous fashion chain, but does not mean the end of fast end fashion for generations and a change for a new start in fashion.

 “Because of the climate crisis being brought into the mainstream, I really think concerned citizens are not shopping the way that they used to…our direct relationship to consumption has shifted and changed,” said Celine Semaan CEO of The Slow Factory.