You are invited to attend this Pop-up shop event on New York City’s LES, 75 E 4th St, Thursday, August 15, and Friday, August 16, 2013, from 6-9:00 PM, sponsored by the New York Fair Trade Coalition. Come and meet the designers behind these brands and find out more about Fair Trade. Natalie Frigo’s has amazing jewelry, I met her at Bhooki back in June, check out my Sustainable Fashion post. Soham Dave’s ethical apparel, DestinyFoundation/Reflection’s accessories, and BHAVA’s vegan footwear by Francisca Pineda, who I also had the pleasure of meeting and talking with.
Destiny Reflections Foundation sounds like a great organization, based in Kolkata, India, which employs victims of exploitation. They make bags, scarves, and other household goods using traditional Indian techniques. Be sure to stop by and meet Soham Dave also creator of Reborn, an eco-lifestyle brand. Every piece is hand made by women artisans in India. Jewelry designer Natalie Frigo sculpts all of the designs by hand in her lower Manhattan studio. BHAVA created by Francisca Pineda, a fashion footwear line sources quality hand-woven, organic, recycled and cruelty free components.
The New York City Fair Trade Coalition, defines “Fair Trade” as a system of exchange that ensures livable wages to workers, safe working conditions, and environmentally sound company policies. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire is an example of a time in history where labor issues came to the forefront. I learned more about this fire and it’s impact at FIT’s exhibit last year (read here). On March 25,1911 the fire occurred in New York City and as stated in article, it led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards. The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union also grew out of that tradegy, where many young women jumped to there deaths because the owners locked doors leading to steerwells where they could safely exit. Many owners did this to ensure workers could not steal garments. The same seems to be going on today with the many occurrences, most recently the building collapse in Bangladesh where once again several young women died and were injured (Read NPR Article).
Attend this event to get more perspective. Perhaps you want to support Fair Trade fashion and help in bringing more awareness to the labor issues that still exist in the world.
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