Our clothes tell a story…. from the disadvantaged women who take pride in producing beautiful garments as a means of providing for their families. To the unique fabrics which have been thoughtfully sourced in Africa. To the statement you make when you wear oh so shika. To the vulnerable young people who are given a real chance to change their lives through education thanks to profits generated by oh so Shika garments. Passionate about .
Responsibility in the Supply Chain In light of the recent Bangladesh garment factory collapse, FAIR’s team members will be posting about some of their thoughts here on our blog over the next few weeks. This week Amelia Glynn shares some of her thoughts on responsibility in the garment industry: ____________________________________________________________ The recent collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh producing Primark, Mango and Matalan clothing amongst other brands has brought some much needed media .
Fair Trade Beyond 2013 by Lucy, FAIR team member and ethical blogger This May the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) will be holding its 12th Biennial Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Timed to coincide with Global Fair Trade Week which takes place from 26th to 31st May 2013, Rio will carry the enviable title of Global Fair Trade Capital for the duration of the conference. The theme of the event – Fair Trade .
A few of my favourite things at FAIR… by Lucy, FAIR team member and ethical blogger Given that Christmas is just around the corner, I thought it might be nice to share with you five wonderful items that we have in at FAIR right now and that everyone seems to be lusting after! They would make fabulous gifts for Christmas or even just as a treat to yourself. As if you needed an excuse… .
Biba and Beyond In 2008 FAIR moved in to 21 Queens Road. We knew nothing about the building except that it had been a doctor’s office. During the first couple of years we were open people would come in and ask us if we were the former Biba shop (people would also walk in wondering where their doctor had disappeared to!) We heard stories of students rushing out of school up to Queen’s Road .
Lucy Dunne of the FAIR shop http://lucydunne.wordpress.com/ FAIR goes to Pure London 2012 Olympia, London, 19 – 21 August 2012 Pure London, one of the key events in any fashion buyer’s calendar worth their salt, has just finished a magnificent three days at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London’s West Kensington. Playing host to more than 1000 tantalisingly gorgeous brands, ethical brands were well represented by the likes of People Tree, Nancy Dee, Bibico, Pants to Poverty, and Komodo, .
Lucy Dunne of the FAIR shop People Tree producer visits the FAIR shop Last week, the FAIR shop was visited by Subrata Saha, Senior Executive of Kumudini, which produces clothes for People Tree in Bangladesh. Supporting disadvantaged women and traditional craft skills, Kumudini create beautiful items of clothing using hand embroidery and block printing. We have been selling a number of very popular designs, such as an asymmetric hand block printed dress, which Kumudini worked on in Bangladesh. .
2nd of June 2012 The weekend 2nd -3rd of June 2012 we are participating in Brighton Fashion Week. We’ll be at the Ready-to-Wear event at the Brighton Corn Exchange selling and showcasing the latest Shika dresses from Tanzania as well as some of our latest jewellery from our groups in India. With us as well is Rwandan charity rYico with more fabulous dresses in African print. This month we’re fundraising for Suchana Community Society. .
Now that the sun’s out our vibrant African print summer dresses and beaded flip flops are flying out the door. Here’s a peek at the amazing work being done behind these must-have summer dresses, flip flops & our gorgeous Shika jewellery. Based in Arusha, Tanzania, Shika runs educational sponsorship programmes providing access to schooling, vocational training and trade for some of Tanzania’s most marginalized communities. Shika products are created through dialogue with local artisans .