Fair Trade Finds…

My apologies as this post is very long overdue!! After visiting the Toronto Fair Trade Show a few weeks back, I’ve been very excited to report back on some of the new brands I had discovered there. There were two lines of jewellery in particular that I found had some really nice unique pieces.

The first was from UNIKATI, a beautiful summer piece that caught my eye because of the braided cord and neon yellow coloured glass beads in it which I thought was vibrant for summer! It is accented by hanging brass charms. It goes with so many things! Luckily they have an online store…I’m all about online shopping and these brands are worth bookmarking!  You can see it here and read about the artisans behind this piece of jewellery and explore their other pieces.  This particular piece was made by low-income women artisans in India, who are improving their lives through their work in a women’s cooperative that pays them a living wage, access to safe working conditions, health care and child care.

Here it is:

http://unikati.ca/products/sun-and-sky-necklace

The second is from a brand called UNA fashion. This line of jewellery focuses on organic and recycled materials and this particular piece I purchased is made out of reclaimed metal from landmines and unexploded ordinance that had been collected by local NGOs in Cambodia.  I love their jewellery pieces and especially what they stand for and how they have managed to turn a very negative situation into building lives for artisans. You can view it here:

http://www.unafashion.com/collections/jewelry/products/dagger-necklace

The prices are all reasonable as well!

For those of you looking for awesome fedora hats (men or women) or big summer glam hats for the ladies this is the place for you!  Don Juan Hats has great quality hand woven hats from Ecuador made from organic toquilla straw. I particularly liked this big brim hat for the ladies…great for the beach!

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/188433976/panama-hat-super-alon-white-don-juan?ref=shop_home_active_9

and this very cool fedora hat for men or women available in a variety of colours and patterns including classic off-white:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/188006029/japon-lunares-black-fedora-panama-hat?ref=related-6

Until next time folks…happy shopping!

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