being ethical

New York, New York

Last week the company I work for, MayaMam Weavers, made its New York debut at the New York International Gift Fair. It was an amazing experience and I really did learn a lot. The second day there I was able to walk around a couple sections. I had never been in the Javits center before and therefore never realized how big it is until I walked around…and got lost…a lot. I was able to walk through the section we were in (Global Handmade), Designer Handmade and New York's Newest.

There is nothing I enjoy more, other than sewing, than discovering great companies with a story. Handmade products almost always come with a story, especially if they are international. As I walked through, I wrote down the names of all the booths I wanted to learn more about. The first was Mata Traders.

I'm obsessed with clothing. I love looking at the creativity that a designer can bring to a garment. Mata Traders is a lovely fair trade company from India who makes beautiful clothing and accessories. I intentionally walked by the booth many times just to keep looking at the clothing, but was always too nervous to stop and talk. So I purchased some products online! I bought a dress, a top and a skirt. (Also, their prices are amazing!)

Zephyr top green

Zephyr Top $28.00

Santa Clara dress

Santa Clara Dress $88.00Show and Tell skirt

Show and Tell Skirt $46.00

Another company that stopped me in my walking tracks was Poppy Treffry from the U.K. Their bags are adorable and I'm in love with their website.

Makeup Bag £24.00

 Teapot £45.00

There were a few other companies that I wrote down, but can't find them online. I'll get more info when we go back in August.


(all images taken from companies' sites)


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