Fair Trade

Saigon Socialite Applies the Ancient Art of Pagoda Carving to Shoes

KICK OFF For one thing, you won’t find a four-tailed dragon on any of the heels. Because the motif is reserved for high-ranking pagodas, Saigon Socialite’s carvers…

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Ma'mitons Makes Bags, Shoes Using Leaves From Cameroon's Forests

Already a favorite among many celebrities, Ma’mitons bags and sandals are eco-friendly and ethically made by artisans in Cameroon. Founded by Priscilla Njankou, Ma’mitons works with…

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Help Here Today Here Tomorrow Launch Fair-Trade Womenswear Line

Photos by Agnes Lloyd-Platt Sustainable fashion brand Here Today Here Tomorrow hope to revitalise a beautiful but dying craft with hand weavers in Nepal, and help set a new standard for…

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Studio Naenna Produces Stunning Handwoven Eco-Textiles in Thailand

Photos by Helen Morgan for Ecouterre Located in the rural outskirts of central Chiang Mai, Thailand, Studio Naenna work with local female artisans to make some truly beautiful fabrics.…

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PACT Unveils Fair-Trade-Certified, Organic-Cotton Clothing Line

PACT is taking fair trade to places it’s never been before: your everyday wardrobe. The Boulder, Colo.-based apparel-basics purveyor announced that it’s releasing one of the…

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Ethnotek's Bags Combine Indigenous Textiles, Technical Functionality

Ethnotek are the design team behind these high quality bags that incorporate ethically sourced handmade textiles from across the planet. As they launch their new summer travel…

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Celia B's Colorful, Globally Inspired Fashion is Fairly Made in Shanghai

Independent design brand Celia B brings color, fun, and incredible craftsmanship together in these vibrant collections of garments. Founder and designer Celia Bernardo has travelled…

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Popinjay's Hand-Embroidered Bags Lift Pakistani Women From Poverty

How did the idea behind Popinjay come about? The road to Popinjay’s creation as a luxury handbag company started when I was in graduate school. I heard the story of a young Afghan…

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Ethiopian Jeweler Entoto Beth Artisan Employs HIV-Affected Women

Entoto Beth Artisan bring together recycled materials and fair trade practices to create elegant jewellery designs. Based on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the social business…

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Supermodel Lily Cole, Veja Collaborate on Rainforest-Friendly Sneakers

If anyone knows how to walk the walk, it’s Lily Cole. The British supermodel, actress, and environmentalist has crossed ankles with French ethical footwear label Veja to create a…

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Kahoko Brings Fair-Trade, Handmade Kenyan Textiles Into the Home

Photos by Luke Casey Eco-textile brand Kahoko offers beautiful woven textiles with a conscience, all of which use renewable natural fibers. The team brings sustainable knitted fabrics…

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JUST: An Online Platform That Traces Your Clothing's Journey

Ethical production in the fashion industry may be more common than ever before, but for a long time there has been a missing link in the supply chain. New start up JUST, co-founded by…

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Grandt Mason: Upcycled Vegan Shoes, Ethically Made in South Africa

On the cutting edge of vegan footwear, South African atelier, Grandt Mason Originals produces sustainable, unique, handmade designs that promote locally sourced and recycled materials.…

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Local Buttons: Upcycled Clothing, Ethically Made in Haiti With Dignity

Local Buttons have evolved a collection of professional accessories and garments ethically in Haiti to help the local community. The design team launched three years ago with the aim of…

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Elise Ballegeer's Ethical Slow Fashion Offers Timeless Minimalism

Faultlines is the stunning new collection from eco-fashion designer Elise Ballegeer who has produced her stylish range using responsibly sourced organic and sustainable fabrics. To make…

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Anthropologie's "Legend & Song" Line Spotlights East African Artisans

+ Legend & Song + Anthropologie…

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Deola, Clan Bring Nigerian Mother-Daughter Style to NY Fashion Week

The show opened with a dazzling retrospective of pieces inspired by Sagoe’s 25-year career. From luxe Russian-doll skirts and voluminous shoulders in bold African fabrics to…

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Rekh & Datta's Bahaus-Inspired Block Prints Elevate the Art of "Slow"

Fashion trends may come and go, but for Rekh & Datta designer Rebecca Layton, “slow” is the way to go. By “slow” we mean the slow fashion movement. So what is the…

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