The fashion world speaks out: ‘Without immigration, we’d be selling potato sacks’

Retailer Jigsaw, whose staff come from 45 countries, is latest to call for tolerance after the Brexit vote and US presidential election

There is a new trend greeting shoppers this season but it’s not billowing cords or ruffle blouses: it’s the fashion industry’s attempt to counter hostility towards immigrants since the Brexit vote.

Last week the high street chain Jigsaw put its head above the parapet as it filled shop windows and billboards with posters emblazoned with “ immigration”. In its accompanying “manifesto” the retailer says: “Without immigration, we’d be selling potato sacks,” adding that “fear, isolation, and intolerance will hold us back”.

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