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Introduction We are two clotheshorse academics who write and teach the politics of fashion and beauty. Minh-Ha Pham, based in New York City and San Francisco, shops sample sales with a keen and discerning eye. She writes about the rise (and subsequent fall) of "cheap chic" and the so-called democratization of fashion, the circulation of Asian American designers as "exceptional" figures, and the politics of sound. Mimi Thi Nguyen, based outside of Chicago, scours thrift and vintage stores with reckless abandon. She writes about humanitarianism from a transnational feminist analytic, which includes the "management" of refugee crises but also beauty as a problematic civilizing project.