Monday, September 12, 2016

Ethical Fashion

Ethical Fashion is a series I hope to continue and expand as I learn of more and more companies.  If you've read many of my other posts, you'll know that I support and LOVE Noonday Collection for jewelry and accessories.  They are a Fair Trade company that helps artisans around the world to build a sustainable marketplace.  To learn more about Noonday read this post.  

Today I'd like to highlight some companies that provide ethical fashion in the clothing area.  Daily I'm learning of more of these companies and I hope to purchase from more of them and share the results!

The first company I learned of through Instagram is Elegantees. Elegantees is located in Nepal and employs women who have been rescued out of sex trafficking.  They provide a positive source of income that reinforces independence, a healthy self-image, and confidence to restore lives. They make a wide variety of clothing, including comfy knit tees and dresses, cardigans and tunics. 

 Here is their raspberry dolman tee.

And of course, I'm wearing some Noonday with it!
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Another company I learned about on Instagram is Francis & Benedict.  Francis & Benedict is a Non- Profit organization that exists to empower and equip skilled Togolese seamstresses by providing them with dignified and sustainable employment.  Their profits are used to resource community leaders in Togo, enabling them to continue projects that benefit orphans, widows, and those suffering in poverty.  They sell skirts in different lengths and styles using West African wax print textiles that are simply gorgeous!  I got midi length and maxi length full skirts.  Next I want to try a pencil skirt and a mini full skirt!

Here's the midi.
AAAAND POCKETS!!!

It's no surprise that I put a Noonday necklace with it!

Here's the maxi

This print!

Sometimes it feels like poverty and injustice are just overwhelming and we can't do anything to change it.  While that may be true as a whole, we CAN change lives for individuals.  Using our Western purchasing power, we can make a difference across the world!

7 comments:

  1. I love this post and this is my first time reading your blog. Hello from the Instagram world! I have fallen backwards into ethical fashion through IG and it started out with coming across people giving back with their products - like The Shine Project, Fight The Fight, Catch Some Air, etc. Then I found The Akola Project and Sudara and that was the beginning of realizing that we can 'purchase with purpose' and make a difference. My husband's niece is a missionary in India and I never quite understood what they are doing over there until recently - they are in northern India trying to help give women meaningful jobs through spinning yarn and creating products. Over the past few months, I have really grown more passionate about ethical fashion. And today, I am wearing my first pair of Nickel and Suede earrings and I LOVE them!!! ~Laurie Wales

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    1. Hi Laurie!!! I recognize you from IG! What an amazing story! Isn't it awesome how we can legitimately make a difference just by being careful about how we purchase???

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  2. Hi, I love that you can shop and support others. Lovely outfits. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! Pinned & shared.

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  3. Love the blue and gold necklace! You have great, colorful style! Thanks for linking up at Peaches+Salt!

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  4. Love that Noonday necklace! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Funtastic Friday Blog Hop!

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  5. Thanks for this post on ethical fashion. I'm so glad to learn that there are available resources for women rescued from the sex traffic trade, something positive to help them recover from such terrible abuse, mental and physical! Blessings, Janet

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  6. Love your outfits. I will have to check back, I love to see what other people are wearing.

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