fair-trade accessories

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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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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Chopard Makes History With World's First Fair-Mined Gold Watch

Chopard has made history with the world’s first wristwatch made of fairly mined gold from South America. Unveiled at the BaselWorld World Watch and Jewellery Show in March, the…

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

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Apoccas Makes Cruelty-Free Silk Scarves No Caterpillar Died For

Photos by Marisa Martchitelli Apoccas is a luxury fashion label that introduces artisanal peace silk scarves. “In Thailand, it is traded as ‘eri silk’,” says founder Alexandra…

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Nordstrom Debuts "Me to We" Line of Kenyan-Made Artisan Accessories

FROM ME TO WE “We currently employ more than 600 artisan mamas who live in Free the Children communities across Kenya,” says Roxanne Joyal, founder of Me to We, in a…

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Emi & Eve Recycle Cambodian Bullets, Bomb Casings Into Jewelry

To Emi & Eve founder Cassandra Postema, fashion is about adorning oneself with what resonates with what is on the inside. Each item should have a story and meaning behind its…

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Lotus Wonders Makes iPad Cases That Empower Women in Cambodia

The team ensures that the women who make the items are paid “above fair wages”. On top of this, a “Wonder Fund” contributes an additional 20% of earnings to the community in…

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Help Raven + Lily Partner With Maasai Artisans, End Female Genital Mutilation

Each collection offered by Raven + Lily strives to be fair trade, eco- friendly, and a means through which women around the world can lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty,…

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Anthropologie Partners With Rags2Riches on Eco-Ethical Bag Collection

CINDERELLA STORY Nearly 300 women now work for Rags2Riches. Most of them mothers, the women receive a 40 percent cut of the retail price of each item they make, along with training in…

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Amazon-Crafted Wooden Clutch Wins Most Socially Responsible Handbag Award

A Venezuelan-crafted minaudière, derived from different plantation-grown Amazon hardwoods, won the “Most Socially Responsible Handbag” at the Seventh Independent Handbag…

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Lemlem Create Ethically Crafted "Mommy and Me" Tops

Say what you like—or don’t like—about Gwyneth Paltrow; the actress-turned-lifestyle-guru sure knows how to pick ’em. Her latest stab at ecommerce has her Goop venture…

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Lily Cole Debuts Wild Rubber Jewelry That Benefits Amazon Rainforest

WILD ABOUT RAINFORESTS Cole’s collection, available exclusively at online retailer Stylistpick.com, isn’t your typical vanity project. The 25-year-old threw herself into the…

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Thread & Loom's Fairly Hand-Loomed Bags Fund Girls' Education in India

Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre Socially-driven accessories company, Thread & Loom introduces itself to the world with a line of handbags that make for the perfect spring and…

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9 Sustainable Fashion Brands That Produce Ethically in Bangladesh

PEOPLE TREE People Tree has been working since 2001 to transform “Made in Bangladesh” from a mark of shame into a badge of pride. Based in the United Kingdom, the…

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Lumago Designs Turns Landfill Trash Into Wearable Treasures

Photos by Steve De Neef Would you be surprised to find jewelry designers living off a city dump?  Well, meet the women of Lumago Designs, a jewelry company that turns trash to…

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Voz Brings Artisan-Crafted Chilean Knits to Fall 2013 NY Fashion Week

Voz celebrated its first New York Fashion Week by showing off its latest collection of hand-woven wool, baby alpaca and llama shawls, ponchos, tunics, dresses and coats. The Chile-based…

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