What is Ethical Fashion?

How would you define “Ethical Fashion”? Ethical fashion encompasses the use of ethical fashion design, production, retail, and purchasing. It means that a company has agreed to abide by the ethical treatment of workers, fair wages, and a sustainable production supply chain, among many other things. Whether it’s paying a local seamstress a fair wage to produce your very own clothing line, or o…

​Have you ever wondered how much of your fair trade purchase goes back into artisan communities? Here’s an inside look…

Let’s use these Burte earrings from the Ethiopia collection as our example. They’re $14 on fairanita.com. The short version is this: of the $14, $5 goes to artisan groups, $1.25 goes to shipping and logistics, $.75 goes to Fair Anita $7 goes to our retail partners (or Fair Anita). But the more important information is not how much money, but what that money does. So let’s dig a little deeper…

​Our Journey Through Ethiopian Social Enterprises

Fair Anita operates as a social enterprise, which is, put simply, a business with a mission. It’s not a non-profit, in that it doesn’t rely on donors or financial support outside of its own business. However, it is unique from normal companies as it is driven by the goal of maximizing its social impact to improve the well being of people while operating a self sustaining for-profit business.…

​A Trailblazer in Action: Mu Sochua’s Path into Cambodian Politics

Cambodia's Mu Sochua sets a great example for motivating women to run for office. Run, women, run!With the threat of arrest by the majority government pressing down on her, Mu Sochua has called out to the international community to warn about the increasing corruption and authoritarian nature of Cambodia’s ruling party. But before she was a top politician and rights activists, Mu Sochua lived a r…

Fair Anita’s Design Process: Behind the Scenes

To say that creativity can be palpable in a room is a bold statement, but equally true when it comes to the design process of Joy, the founder and CEO of Fair Anita. I had the privilege to accompany Joy and Anna on their most recent artisan visit to Ethiopia, where I was able to observe as well as take part in the collaborative design process that leads to Fair Anita’s&nbs…

​What’s the difference? Summarizing fair trade logos and certifications.

Fair Anita is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, one of our Ethiopian artisan group partners is in the process of becoming a World Fair Trade Organization member, and Fair Trade International is one of the most recognizable fair trade logos. Each of these organizations has developed its own standards for for being a “true fair trade” organization and differentiating between them can be difficu…