The Fast World Of Fast Fashion Clothing chains like Forever 21, H&M and Zara are constantly turning over their merchandise, introducing ever-trendier clothing and feeding their customers' desire for novelty. An NPR series looks at the fast-fashion business, the people behind it and its environmental implications.

Abigail Moscaritolo holds up a recent fashion find on a "haul video." The YouTube trend has become so popular that fashion retailers are approaching haulers to promote their products online. AbbyLynn401/YouTube hide caption

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Showing Off Shopping Sprees, Fashion 'Haulers' Cash In Online

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American Apparel boasts that all of its products are made in the USA, primarily at its Los Angeles headquarters. Selling garments produced largely by machine, rather than by hand, has helped the company remain profitable. Mark Ralston/Getty Images hide caption

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Fast Fashion's Challenge: Making Money With 'Made In The USA'

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The Reclusive Spanish Billionaire Behind Zara's Fast Fashion Empire

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Prices at stores like Forever 21 are so low, "it's virtually impossible to walk out empty-handed," says Elizabeth Cline, who writes about fast fashion. Michael Buckner/Getty Images hide caption

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In Trendy World Of Fast Fashion, Styles Aren't Made To Last

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