Category Archives: Clothing

Fair Trade Fashionista* celebrates her one year!

As the Fair Trade Fashionista* looks back on the one year mark of this blog (January 21st, 2009), I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you out there for your support, comments, and feedback!

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I really appreciate hearing your opinions on everything I choose to write about. Thanks to you, FTF* has over 100 hits almost daily!

I have covered everything from chocolates, baby clothes, flowers, men’s clothing, scarves, beauty products, coffee, and more! Looking back on what everything I’ve covered in the past year, I only hope only I can cover even more in the future!

Additionally, I hope to add more of a focus on smaller Fair Trade cooperatives that may be more difficult for the average internet searcher to find in Google, and I also want to make sure I cover a broad range of products as I promised. I often get distracted by the cute clothing and accessories (as many girls out there would understand 🙂 ) but I want to really try to work with more.

So thanks for reading, and know there’s only more coming from this Fair Trade Fashionista*! I want to encourage even more feedback, comments and contact with different organizations. Some of you have reached out to me and I love it! Please keep it coming:)

Cause remember, advocates for Fair Trade and Eco-Friendly products must stick together!

KeoK’ jay: A wonderfully new fashionably fair option

The Fair Trade Fashionista thinks it’s time to introduce all of you to an amazing company that is part of the new generation that I fully support of Eco-Friendly Fair Trade producers: KeoK’ jay. Why have I not heard of them you ask? Because they are based all the way in Cambodia, out of sight for many in the West, but not out of the harsh grasp of HIV.  

While KeoK’ jay is based in Cambodia, their products and guiding principles take them to the forefront of  the Eco-Friendly Fair Trade movement. They are strongly devoted to all aspects of their chain of production: their customers, producers, and the environment.

Keok’ jay guarantees that if you love shopping you do not have to feel guilty as the “consumer”, as all goods consumed have a positive influence on your world and others around you.

US based designer Rachel Faller works with the artisans to create artsy yet fahionable designs that are given a unique touch whilst being handsewn by the artisans.

Additionally, KeoK’ jay only uses goods naturally produced in Cambodia or recycled from elsewhere. KeoK’ jay has made plastic bags into wallets, recycled clothing and buttons from local markets, 100% recycled paper, and 80% edible dyes. So what can’t they do you might ask? For one, they can’t support their women artisans on their own without your help!

KeoK’ jay has trained each of their 9 women artisans, who have then been able to train others. The artisans themselves are aided greatly by Keok’ jay as they are all HIV positive widows supporting their entire families on the salaries they make at KeoK ‘ jay. KeoK’ jay goes above and beyond by working with social care workers from Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE, and provide these women the health care that they need free of charge. Keok’ jay therefore helps these women to support their families, become skilled artisans, and gain respect of their community.

So if you’re getting a yearning to go out shopping, shop at KeoK’ jay and help those less fortunate than yourself get back on their feet.

Please see this link to KeoK’ jay’s catalogue, or go to their website to read more about them!

Indie Peace: Making their “Mark” on the Eco-Friendly Fair Trade world

I am very aware of the fact that the current fair trade and eco-friendly clothing industry is strongly oriented towards women. I am also aware of the fact that this needs to be changed. Many men have complained to me about the lack of conscious options for them. That’s why I feel it is so important to inform my readers about a wonderful company, Indie Peace, that has been brought to my attention.

Indie Peace’s motto is: “We are making a mark, without leaving one.”

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Photosource: http://indiepeace.myshopify.com

The “mark” their talking about of course is a carbon footprint. Indie Peace, which define’s itself as a “socially responsible, fashion apparel company”, was started July 2007 by Lawton Ursrey and fashion designer John Van De Wiel.

While Indie Peace has a women’s line in addition to their men’s line, the company began only with a men’s line, which is still more developed. So I know you’ve been chomping at the bit for this opportunity guys! Shop away at their online store, available here 🙂

Indie Peace has spent the time to think critically about how to make shirts sewn in such a way as to enhance your natural body shape. They have broadened the shoulder line and defined the abdomen area, giving your body more of a natural v shape. As the enhancement of ones’ natural shape usually stays in the area of women’s clothing, this is a very unique aspect in the industry of men’s shirts.

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Photosource: http://indiepeace.myshopify.com

So not only will you look great wearing Indie Peace t-shirts, but you can feel great about your purchase! Their shirts are referred to as “PEACE GOODS” because all the most environmentally conscious products and means are used throughout every stage in their production: Their t-shirts are made only with natural or low impact dyes or water based printing inks; they are manufactured from 100% organic cotton, hemp, RPET (recycled poly), or bamboo; and Indie Peace, “make(s) every attempt to minimize the amount of travel INDIE PEACE clothing must make throughout the supply chain.” In this vain, they use minimalistic and socially responsible products all the way through the packaging materials.

In addition to being as environmentally conscious as possible, Indie Peace products are all manufactured under Fair Trade conditions. Indie Peace intentionally keeps all the manufacturing inside the USA to localize the supply chain, to provide work to many US factories and the local work force, as well as to decrease the overall carbon footprint of their operations.

 

So what are you waiting for? Go shop and Indie Peace, and start erasing your “mark” on the planet.

Fair Indigo: Eco-Friendly Fair Trade clothing

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Fair Trade Fashionista* is excited to introduce you all to Fair Indigo, a clothing producer who focuses on maintaining the highest standards for Fair Trade Fashion and environmental protection.

With the mission of creating change in the apparel industry by manufacturing “stylish, high-quality clothes while paying a fair and meaningful wage to the people who produce them,” Fair Indigo is a pioneer in this area.

Fair Indigo handpicks the factories in which their clothing is produced for their devotion to rewarding workers with a fair wage for their skill.

Fair Indigo’s denim line is all organic, while their fleece is a blend of 50% recycled polyester. They are also researching the possibility of incorporating organic cotton that is also certified fair trade into their modern day clothing.

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Photosource: http://www.fairindigo.com

Above is a summer dress made from linen and cotton that could catch anyone’s eye. It’s light whimisical yet practical and style-conscious look is matched with extremely soft fabric to make you feel like a queen. Currenlty 75% off on sale, get your today!

Fair Indigo also puts a great emphasis on respecting the environment with every step of business. They maintain respect for the environment in everyday business practices by maximizing reduce/reuse/recycle practices in their offices and warehouses and choosing partnering with facilities that share the emphasis and respect for the environment. They use 30% post-consumer waste and paper certified for sustainability in their catalog and building materials like bamboo flooring and hangers, recycled metal, and glass in the retail store in order to keep the environmental impact to a minimum.

Finally, Fair Indigo donates shipping cartons to Just Coffee based in Madison, Wisconsin, which are then reused to ship bulk coffee around the country.

While based in their Hilldale Mall location in Madison, Wisconsin, Fair Indigo products are also available online, in the catalog. 

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So I don’t know about you but this little jacket just gets me everytime! And the best part? It’s completely eco-friendly and fair trade! It is made from 100% organic cotton and Oeko-Tex certified safe dyes so you don’t have to worry about your child’s health or that of the artisans crafting this wonderful little cardigan.

Fair Indigo has clothing for men and women, as well as babies and some accessories.  What’s not to love?

Check out Fair Indigo’s Spring line and sale items available for very competitive prices right now:)

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day 09!

 
 As I am a Fair Trade Fashionista* I think it’s only appropriate that I make all you aware of the annual World Fair Trade Day 09 coming up this Saturday!

This holiday officially began as recently as 2001, when the World Fair Trade Organization adopted the event in Arusha, Tanzania. Safia Minney, founder of PeopleTree and pioneer of Fair Trade Fashion, has played an important role in shaping this global event.

World Fair Trade Day takes place the second Saturday of every May now. It is meant t raise awareness about the issue through public group activities, such as “Fair Trade Coffee Breaks” and Fair Trade festivals at High Schools.

To find an event happening in your area on World Fair  Trade Day, look here. With 310 event listed in North America, 250 in Europe, 30 in Africa, and 98 in Asia, it seems that no matter where you are, you can help us celebrate World Fair Trade Day this year!

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Even if you don’t have time to attend an event, stop by and make your own Fair Trade day with a bar of Fair Trade chocolate, some Fair Trade Coffee, or a Fair Trade clothing shopping spree! Whatever you’d like, just make it Fair Trade.

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Photosource: http://www.worldfairtradeday09.org/

Fair Trade is essential for millions of people who work and struggle for survival everyday. It’s all about justice and human rights… join me in supporting World Fair Trade Day” -Sir Paul McCartney.

Let’s raise awareness about this important cause together, because the only way Fair Trade products can continue to grow in popularity is through support from people like you. We must come together to support one another around the world, and Saturday is a perfect day to do so!

For more events and details on World Fair Trade Day, see the official website.

Amana delivers Eco-Fair Trade High Fashion in Style!

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Amana is a Moroccan Arabic word that means “delivered in trust.” As a company devoted to Eco-Chic and Fair Trade fashion, Amana’s meets their goal of “mak(ing) beautiful clothes with ethical origins and to illustrate that environmentally and society responsible fashion can equate to exquisite design and quality.”

They launched at Fashion Week in London in 2007 and have stayed true to their values ever since.  

Started by Helen Wood and Erin Tabrar, Amana supports women artisans in Ain Leuh, a charming village in the Middle Atlas Mountains in Morocco on a fair-trade basis. In addition, they work with artisans to develop longer-term partnerships, technical assistance, as well as development and training programs.

Helen first became interested in sustainable design while studying fashion design at Central St. Martin’s. Erin completed a dissertation on ethical fashion while studying management at The London College of Fashion. Together, their creativity has proven unstoppable.

Amana’s collections include materials such as organic cotton, organic silks and hemp mixes, hemp denim, chunky hemp cord. Much of their collection is business casual, but a little more elegant and edgy. I have chosen a couple of my favorite pieces from Amana’s Spring 09 collection to highlight for you: 

The Eleonora Tunic Dress (see below) in ‘Coral’ from Amana’s newest Spring 09 collection is a perfect example in a beautiful hue for Spring and Summer, and a shine that could make any woman feel beautiful.

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I could see a young, hip, and sexy Jackie O. wearing this dress. I absolutely adore the bow at the waist and the feminine fit.

 

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But if it’s not enough that the Eleonora dress is a slice of fashion heaven, it also is good for the environment and the world. It is made from 100% Organically produced silk and dyed with low impact dyes in the UK.

 Also the ‘Lamis Top’ is something I could not ignore! It looks so wonderfully shiny, has fluted sleeves that fall perfectly over the shoulders for a little elegance and fits tightly over the abdomen to compliment your womanly waist. 

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 This Lamis top with a “slash neck (line)” is made from 100% organic cotton or Navy Soy Jersey 57%, Soybean37%, Organic Cotton 6% and a little spandex for your comfort. This is versatile as it could be worn at a formal affair, to work, or out on the town. I want one for myself!

I can’t thank Amana enough for providing Fair Trade Fashionista*s like myself with chic handmade outfits with no cost to their producers or the Earth. Keep up the good work Amana! Check out these pieces and more at Amana today!

Jump into Spring 09 Fashion, Ethically! Designer T-shirts at EJF

One day last week it was in the high 50s. My sister and I got very excited, as many other native New Englanders did. We put our shorts and t-shirts on, hopped on our bikes and rode down the Charles River in Boston. It was absolutely gorgeous…until the sun went down. As we shivered on the way home, it was clear we had acted too soon.

Although it is still bitterly cold some days, it is not too early to be checking out the latest trends in Spring 09 fashion! In my opinion, there is no remedy for Spring Fever like looking ahead to brighter days, hoping for the warmest weather possible, and searching for a new spring wardrobe!

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is currently working with designers to raise money to fund their work. EJF protects the environment and human rights by creating documentaries and training others to document human rights abuses.

Upon searching EJF’s Spring t-shirt collection, you will find clothing made exclusively for EJF by designers such as Luella, Katharine Hamnett, Christian Lacroix, Betty Jackson, and Caramel.

T-shirt designers and suppliers working with EJF use certified authentic organic cotton for all products, which is guaranteed not to come from Uzbekistan. Additionally, all links in the supply chain are independently audited by the Fair Wear Foundation to ensure Fair Labor practices are used throughout the entire production process of these garments.

Therefore, these designers have not only mastered the trends of Spring 09, but have also proven their devotion to sustainability, corporate responsibility and fair trade by working with EJF to defend the environment and human rights.

The “SAVE THE FUTURE” style by Katharine Hamnett is already sold out! So head to the EJF website now to pick our your favorite style before it’s too late!