Fair Trade In Focus: 5 Brands Supporting Fair Wage Craftsmanship In Mexico
Brands Supporting Fair Labor In Mexico
Mexico is more than just a coastline of vacation destinations. It is comprised of many unique cultures throughout the country of over 120 million people. These cultural brands focus in on individual artisans in different towns and communities across Mexico to provide fair wages and encourage local designs to flourish. Being able to help support artisans while getting some amazing home and clothing pieces is a win-win. Many of these companies work to help support women and provide them with independence. Invest in others with five of our favorite brands from Mexico!
Product Range | Women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories
Price | $$
Why Mexico? | ABLE is focused on bringing careers to women around the globe because as stated by UNICEF, “Women reinvest 80 percent of their income into their families, while men invest only 30 to 40 percent.” ABLE now has branched out to helping women in Ethiopia, The United States, Peru, and Mexico. Their clothes and accessories are all produced by women and their products are beautiful; I’m all heart-eyed-emoji over everything they make.
Product Range | Home woven goods and personal accessories
Price | $$$
Why Mexico? | Named for founder Sara’s rebellious grandmother Minna, she has turned her passion for weaving into a multicountry company, helping provide jobs and fair wages to families of traditional weavers from Mexico and Guatemala. Staying true to many of the traditional designs, Minna creates one-of-a-kind pieces for your home.
Product Range | Men’s and women’s shoes and accessories
Price | $$$
Why Mexico? | Nisolo is a fan favorite at The Good Trade because of their commitment to creating durability, beautiful shoes in a fair wage environment. Having partner factories in Leon, Mexico with over 400 artisans, Nisolo is able to offer fair wages and a safe work environment to the locals, while they practice traditional leatherworking. Their shoes and accessories are made to last and go with any outfit.
4. Ara Collective
Product Range | Home goods
Price | $$$
Why Mexico? | Sarah Contrucci Smith, founder of Ara Collective, started her business because of her love of travel and local goods. The collective assists local artisans around the world to support their families and continue to make traditional goods. Their mission, “we believe every person—despite the social, economic or geographic situation they were born into—deserves the freedom to discover, to dream and to thrive” holds true throughout their business model.
5. Purpose Jewelry
Product Range | Jewelry
Price | $$
Why Mexico? | Purpose Jewelry is aiming to end human trafficking in countries around the world, including Mexico because “1 in 4 sex workers in Tijuana say they were forced into the sex trade as minors”. Through their products, Purpose Jewelry works to help women leave the sex trade and join the International Sanctuary, training them in jewelry making, giving them fair wage jobs, and counseling. Their jewelry is as inspiring as it is stunning and wearable.
As James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett Sing “Oh, Mexico, I’ve never really been but I’d sure like to go,” Get motivated through these inspiring brands to learn about and explore Mexico.
Sarah Spoljaric is a California girl through and through. She has a BA in World History from one of the top 10 greenest campuses in the world; The University of California, Merced and is a Content Curator for the visual travel app Trepic. She has a background in museum curating, loves reading women’s travel journals and is in search of the perfect IPA. She’s passionate about exploring this beautiful world that ethically-produced goods help to protect. Say hi on Instagram!