You may not know that my husband and I owned a Fair Trade art and craft gallery for five years. We had beautiful handcrafted creations from artists all over the globe, including a large selection of items from Mexico. Fair Trade is different from Free Trade, when goods are fairly traded, the artisans are being fairly compensated for their work. They're working in safe conditions and being treated with respect and dignity. Fair Trade goods are often created by women, and they help these women to pull themselves and their families out of poverty.
Amor & Rosas is a Fair Trade fashion focused company started by two young women who attended Yale together. They partner with artisans in Mexico to make an array of stylish and conscious fashion. They are socially and ecologically focused, creating a high end product that offers an antidote to the proliferation of fast fashion.
"We strive to give opportunities to capable women across Latin America and preserve Mexican heritage. By partnering with artisans across multiple villages, we are not only supporting their livelihood, we also are reviving ancestral techniques that are near extinction. Our social impact is a key component to our business model."
The Liberation in Bloom t-shirt I am wearing above is being sold with 50% of the proceeds going to benefit Mexican earthquake relief funds. It's super soft, which you can't tell from the photo. I added some color to the mix using Plaid Folk Art fabric paints, and you can too! Think of this as a beautiful canvas for your creativity, a dialog between you and the artist who created this image. You can find this t-shirt and an array of fabulous fair trade fashion on the Amor & Rosas website. They were kind enough to offer a 15% discount at checkout for you using the code LOVE15.
They're also giving away this retrofabulous bomber jacket, and you can enter to win that below. They will be announcing a winner in five days, so don't delay!
If we don't love it, we don't blog it, period.