Fair Trade Favorites For Fall

Fall has finally come. With it comes the cooler temperatures, the vibrant turning of leaves and the golden hues of an Autumnal sun. There is something profound about this time of year that offers such a marked changing of seasons. It can invigorate, motivate and inspire. To celebrate the start of the new Autumn season, we've collected a few of our favorite new ethical and fair trade products. Each of these brands has made a stand for ethical and conscious business practices and we feel they are making some exceptional products from Fall fedoras to cozy knitted slippers. Happy Fall to all! 

Sponsored By Mayamiko

Mayamiko is one of the UK’s leading brands for ethical production of unique women’s clothing, accessories and homewares. Following the Ethical Trade Initiative’s principles, and a keen supporter of the Fashion Revolution campaign, the brand operates its own workshop in Malawi to produce high quality, luxury ethical goods. Mayamiko believes ethical production should not compromise the quality and design of the product, rather it adds to its exquisiteness and value. Their garments have been have been featured on Marie Claire, Cogue, Grazia and Cosmopolitan.  

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2016 Fall Favorites

1. Tyler Kingston Industrial Wire Plant Stand

Handmade locally in Kansas City, MO, Tyler Kingston’s hand welded industrial steel wire plant stand is perfect for displaying indoor plants and greenery as we head into the cooler weather!

Wire Plant Stand | $48

2. Chilote House Shoes

Chilote Shoes are beautiful, soft and perfectly warm for Fall. Each pair is made “slow” with care and pride by independent artisan women doing what they know and love – knitting.

House Shoes | $72

3. Everlane Luxe Wool Crew

Everlane works with ethical factories in China and around the world to produce - in our opinion - some of the most fashion forward, ethics conscious clothing available. Elegant, soft, and slightly sheer, this lightweight wool sweater is the perfect color for fall. Here’s the story of the factory it was created in.

Luxe Wool Crew In Oxblood  | $78

4. Equal Uprise Fedora

Carlos and Ziola’s families have been producing fedora hats in Ecuador for over 100 years. The mother and son team are responsible for providing jobs to young adults in the small village of Iluman. This durable felt hat is a perfect  go-to when you need protection from wind, rain, snow.

Traditional Fedora | $56

5. Threads Worldwide Nadi Ring

Threads Worldwide is working to eradicate poverty by honoring fair trade practices and handcrafted over factory made. This silver plated brass ring is handmade by women in a fair trade cooperative outside of New Delhi, India.

Nadi Ring | $26

6. Nisolo Lima Clutch

Nisolo collaborates with local artisans in Peru from the design to the handmade production of their shoes, jewelry and bags. Nisolo provides fair wages and full-time employment to each of their artisans. We love this gorgeous, simple clutch in Almond.

Lima Clutch In Almond | $128

Past Seasons Of Ethical Products We Love

2016 Summer Favorites

1. Giejo Halter Tie Swim Top

Locally produced, sustainable fashion - giejo is proudly made in the USA. They support sustainable fashion by utilizing vintage and reclaimed textiles in their limited-edition designs. All materials are sourced locally in New York City’s Garment District and produced just across the Hudson River in New Jersey. We love this sporty, athleisure look with a high neck-line halter top.

Halter Tie | $118

2. Herbivore Botanicals After Sun Mist

Herbivore Botanicals’ formulas are original, created and tested by real people on real people — never on animals and always from scratch. All of their products have an emphasis on organic, high quality, and food-grade ingredients. The soothing aloe vera in their After Sun Mist combined with cooling mint and therapeutic lavender brings a natural relief to hot, sun-drenched skin. We can’t get enough.

After Sun Soothing Mist | $20

3. The Citizenry Palermo Tripolina Chair

We have a pretty big crush on The Citizenry. The company partners with artisans around the world to create modern goods for the well-traveled home and their designs are just beautiful. The Palermo Tripolina Chair's cover is made of thick 100% Argentinian vegetable-tanned polo saddle leather and is hand-dyed and stitched in a small workshop in Buenos Aires.

Palermo Tripolina Chair | $650

4. Indego Africa Beaded Dish Set

Indego Africa works with more than 1,000 women in Rwanda and Ghana to sell products that are designed in New York City and handmade in Africa—combining traditional techniques, local materials and artisanal skill. These white beaded dish sets are the perfect display dishes for summer.

Beaded Dish Set | $175

5. ALAS Sunset Bralette

ALAS garments are produced in a big-hearted, but small-sized production unit in Jaipur using sweatshop-free, fair labor standards. This super soft cotton bralette is GOTS certified organic, and has elastane added to allow flexibility and to ensure the garment keeps its shape. We love the lovely summer yellow color!

Sunset Bralette | $68

6. Wax + Cruz Beach Blanket

Wax + Cruz is about textiles and travel. Each piece is limited edition, fair-trade, and hand-woven by artisan partners. We love The Ixchel Beach Throw which transitions easily from beach to home to poolside.  This beautiful and sturdy piece is handwoven by artisans in Mexico.

Ixchel Beach Throw | $148

2016 Spring Favorites

1. Tribe Alive Mini Bucket Bag

Tribe Alive works with artisan partners all over the world to employ impoverished women at fair trade wages and give them access to a safe job, sustainable income and a chance to determine their own future. This limited edition Mini Bucket Bag is the perfect size and shape for on-the-go Springtime days.

Mini Bucket Bag | $138

2. Alice + Whittles Ankle Rainboot

The ethical shoe collection, Alice + Whittles, aims to impact people in post conflict nations through fashion manufacturing and stop the cycle of economic disparity by providing the tools for self sufficiency. We’re loving the clean, functional design of their rain boots, perfect for those Springtime showers.

Ankle Rainboot | $180

3. MadeFAIR Santiago Wool Blanket  

MadeFAIR is a one-stop shop for ethical, sustainable, and Certified Fair Trade clothing and accessories. They’ve put together a chic and fashionable collection of sustainable clothing and home goods. Made in Santiago from hypoallergenic alpaca wool, the Santiago Blanket is as soft and luxurious as it is stylish.

Santiago Wool Blanket | $85

4. Nisolo Classic Cuff Bracelet

Nisolo collaborates with local artisans in Peru from the design to the handmade production of their shoes, jewelry and bags. Nisolo provides fair wages and full-time employment to each of their artisans. We love their all-brass take on the classic cuff. The piece adds elegance to any outfit.

Classic Cuff Bracelet | $68

5. Apolis Market Bag

In 2004, brothers Raan and Shea Parton founded Apolis with a simple idea that business can create social change. Apolis (a-pöl-is) means “global citizen,” and the socially motivated lifestyle brand empowers communities worldwide through artisan made apparel, swimwear, footwear and accessories. We love their city market bags, perfect for trips to the farmer’s market. From Charleston to Bangkok, chances are you can find your own city.

Los Angeles Market Bag | $68

6. Rose & Fitzgerald Zig Zag Woven Plantar

Each of Rose & Fitzgerald's products are individually crafted from start to finish by an artisan in a fair trade environment in Uganda. The zig zag plantars were woven by a group of women in a rural mountain village using palm and banana leaves, which are a plentiful and renewable resource. We love the intricate traditional design of this handwoven planter, making it as striking as it is durable.

Zig Zag Woven Plantar | $35

2015 Winter Favorites

1. Equal Uprise Neutral Stripe Blanket

Hector & Estela handcraft Equal Uprise blankets in their workshop based in the small village of Peguche, Ecuador. The duo have been working on their craft for 10 years, improving the quality of the Ecuadorian Alpaca blanket. Super lightweight, warm and soft, we love this blanket for cold winter weather.
Neutral Stripe Blanket | $120

2. Elle Paca Fairtrade Knitwear Beanie

This fairtrade alpaca knitwear brand is based in Belgium and handmade by local talent in Peru. Each piece of knitwear is signed by the person who made it. Not too tight or loose, the Isabella beanie crowns your head with a cozy, silky feel that makes you feel royally fabulous.
Isabella Beanie | €55.00

3. Symobolgy Tutu Skirt

Symbology employs women artisans from India and the West Bank, bringing beautiful cultural artforms to modern wear. This high waisted Tutu Birds-In-Flight Skirt features an all over abstract ivory bird print and has a relaxed flare silhouette, perfect for twirling at holiday parties.
Tutu Birds-In-Flight Skirt | $132

4. Tiklari Feray Earrings

Tiklari works closely with artisans in Turkey to create items that reflect a fusion of ideas old and new, modern and traditional. The Feray Earrings are gold plated bronze with semi-precious stones and make a great statement piece for winter.
Tiklari Feray Earrings | $76

5. Mayamiko Safari Handmade Soap

This natural Safari inspired soap is hand-made in Malawi using locally sourced ingredients. The beautiful African textile packaging is made by refugees and Malawians with disabilities, and all profits re-invested in community development. The creamy moisture bar infused with the soft relaxing scents of mint and lavender for winter coziness.
Safari Hand Made Natural Soap | £4.50

6. Lusinia Embroidered Scarf

Lusinia partners with artisans in Northern Indian who create each product individually through processes that have been passed down through many generations. We love their embroidered scarves and the history they represent.
Embroidered Scarves | $50 - $90

7. Rose & Fitzgerald Solid Brass Planter

Each planter from Rose & Fitzgerald is individually handcrafted from start to finish by an artisan in a fair trade environment in Uganda. Its geometric form featuring beautiful, pure brass makes this planter a stunning addition to a shelf or tabletop. Designed with a focus on simplicity, it’s a modern way to display greenery in the colder months.
Solid Brass Geometric Planter | $85

2015 Spring & Summer Favorites

1. Void Nail Polish

Void Nail Polish is cruelty free & vegan friendly. We love that their colors are VOID of the things that aren't so good for us like formaldehyde, formaldehyde-resin, toluene, camphor and phthalate (dbp). Their Peace & Quiet Nail Lacquer is the perfect springtime nude for any skintone.

Peace & Quiet Nail Lacquer | $18

2. Naja Lingerie Bralette

Naja Lingerie is serious about empowering women. And not just the the women who wear their lingerie. Through Naja's Underwear for Hope program, Naja trains and employs single mothers in Colombia to sew their handmade pieces. This lace wire-free bralette is perfectly feminine and stylish without sacrificing support. We also love Naja's eco-friendly line made out of recycled plastic bottles.

Adriana Bralette Navy | $50

3.  Rose & Fitzgerald Wiskey Tumblers

Each Wiskey tumbler is individually crafted from start to finish by an artisan in a fair trade environment in Uganda. These natural horn tumblers are hand carved on a lathe, and then shaped and molded at high temperatures to fit perfectly in your hand. They are then meticulously sanded, polished, and then sealed with a food-safe lacquer for a smooth and shiny finish. We think they're the perfect way to have a drink.

Cow Horn Whisky Tumbler Set | $75

4.  Parker Clay Tote

Parker Clay's Totes are handmade by artisans in Ethiopia with premium crafted leather. In addition to providing opportunities to the community, Parker Clay partners with a local organization dedicated to lifting women out of sex trafficking and providing them with opportunity elsewhere. The signature Tote is perfect for a trip to the market, park, or as an everyday companion ready for adventure. 

Parker Clay Camel Tote | $145

5. Red Earth Signant Ring

Red Earth has received love from Mashable, People Magazine and Vogue for its ethical lifestyle brand that sells skillfully crafted jewelry pieces from talented artisan micro-businesses from around the world. This signant ring was created by artisan Raymond who makes gorgeous hand-cast copper, brass, bronze, and aluminum jewelry with his wife and employs four others just outside of Nairobi.

Signant Ring | $56

6. Well-Kept Britt Technology Wipes

Your keyboard likely has 60x more germs than your toilet. Ouch. Well-Kept technology wipes help you keep your constantly-used technology devices free of germs. A portion of the proceeds are donated to a community in Kenya for business start-up education and seed funding for entrepreneurs and other non-profit partners.

 Britt Technology Wipes | $6

This Article Is Sponsored By Our Collaborating Partner Mayamiko

Mayamiko works with artisans in disadvantaged communities in Malawi to source and produce ethically made clothing collections. All fabrics are sourced at the local market from a group of lady traders to support the community. The label started off as a charity in 2008, but the idea was always to move on to a 'Trade not Aid' model. Students in the Mayamiko non-for profit training academy and Mayamiko employees alike receive job training, meal support, child care and the opportunity to take educational classes in literacy, math, life skills, basic economics, and financial education. Their trainees also have the opportunity to enter microfinance programs and start their own businesses.

Mayamiko has a loyal base of customers who want to look great and be on trend, but also care about the story of what they are wearing, their health, and the environment.


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