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MadeFAIR is built on empathy. Groundbreaking, right? We have an uncommon business model based on common decency. Everyone should be paid a fair wage, products should biodegrade in less than a generation, and mark-ups shouldn’t break the customer’s bank.
73% of our partners are social enterprises that employ marginalized groups.
They're from the same neighborhoods as the countless people working in factories, but they are living in their own communities and provided living wages, healthcare, childcare, and education. Simply, our partners provide the resources their employees need to be safe, happy and successful.
The rest of our partners are small businesses in the United States who work with sustainable materials and keep as much oversight as possible over their supply chains. For transparency's sake, I'll tell you that we currently have two items that use synthetic materials in 10% of the actual product.
Nothing in our store is mass produced
From the hammered brass earrings to the handwoven scarves, every item in MadeFAIR is a tiny legacy for its maker. We covet traditional skills because they don't require fossil fuels and preserve centuries-old traditions that give unparalleled attention to every detail. In fact, much of our clothing is made from factory waste -- yards upon yards of fabric discarded by garment factories. The limited quantity thing isn't a marketing ploy to create a sense of urgency. Seriously. It's because that exact fabric is no longer available.
Craft, not crafty.
Handemade, upcycled, fair trade, organic yada yada yada. These words can evoke several images that range from failed Pinterest DIY projects to the smell of patchouli in import stores. There's none of that here, guys. Our store is packed with upcycled items that embrace their origins without compromising design. Expert craftsmanship and a discerning eye ensure our products won't be found at a school craft fair. We love organic cotton because it doesn't leak harmful pesticides into drinking water. And, let's face it, fair trade should be industry standard.