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…

Ethiopia: A Week's Visit in Pictures

During my time in Ethiopia I photographed everything I could. Primarily pointing my lens out of our moving taxi, I tried to capture candid moments of daily life. Addis was a vibrant city full of colorful city streets and equally as colorful people. After combing through thousands of pictures, here are some of my favorites.The man in yellow who accompanied us on our walk around the church on top o…

We're hiring! Apply to join our team as a Sales Associate in Chicago

Do you have a passion for women's rights and fair trade and want to help us grow? Come work with us! We are hiring a driven, ambitious person who can take the lead on expanding our popup markets in Chicago. See the job description below for more details. Job Description - Sales AssociateDetails: Commitment: 2-4 popup markets per month, about 10-15 hours per month, more hours available during…

The Straight Forward Guide to Taking Care of and Cleaning Your Jewelry

Working with women from 9 different countries, our jewelry is made from many different materials, using many different techniques, and therefore there are different ways to care for it.  While we'd love to say "nothing will tarnish ever!," that just isn't the case, and if someone is telling you it is, they might not be telling it to you straight. So, that's what we're here for-- breaking down…

10 Fair Trade/Ethical Beach Day Must-Haves

The days have been getting longer and hotter and all we want to do is hang out by the water. Inspired by fun in the sun and the official start of summer, here is our list of fair trade and ethical beach day must-haves! Swimsuit. A cute suit to splash around in is top of the list! Right here from home is Minnesota based, Hack with Design House or, HDH. Their pieces are classy timeless options that…