introducing MadeFAIR, an ethical boutique for cool people

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MadeFAIR is a brand new ethical boutique that carries some of my favorite fair trade and conscious brands (Sseko Designs, Tonle, Greenola Style, and Mata Traders to name a few). Founder, Tavie, introduced me to her concept a few months ago and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the launch because the branding is spot on.

Curated fair trade shops often lean hippie or ultra feminine – styles I’m not that into – but MadeFAIR is simply cool. Tavie said she wanted to create a shop that catered to the easygoing traveler sort with pieces that are versatile and timeless without being boring. She wants it to be an easy shopping experience, so everything works well together and looks great on the page as you scroll through the site.

Tavie sent me the Sseko Designs Gold Loafers so I could get a taste of what the brand has to offer.

The shoes arrived quickly and felt comfortable right out of the box. You may remember that I bought myself a pair of Sseko loafers several months ago and they didn’t work out, but I experienced no size discrepancies or condition issues with this pair. Sseko loafers are made ethically in Ethiopia using leather sourced from Ethiopia’s small, regulated meat industry. I’m excited to wear them with everything this fall. My husband thinks they’re cool, too, so that’s a plus.

Tavie and the MadeFAIR brand have a lot more up their sleeves for the brand and the fair trade industry. The founders spend much of their time in Cambodia and recently tried to film a documentary on the factory remnant supply chain, but it became difficult to get all the footage they needed, so that’s on hold for now. They’ll also be collaborating on a special project with a prominent fair trade organization in the coming months.

You can use code, STYLEWISE15, for 15% off your purchase at MadeFAIR. Plus, stay tuned for a pretty incredible giveaway coming next week.


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  1. Christy Nicholson
    September 10, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    I really love this shop. It's well-curated, and the photography is great.

  2. Leah Wise
    September 6, 2015 / 7:07 pm


  3. Leah Wise
    September 6, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    True. I think people are still trying to figure out the best way to be sustainable and ethical in every sense of the word. Unfortunately, synthetic leathers used in vegan shoes are often toxic to produce, but conventionally processed animal leather can be really harmful, too. I am glad that this leather was sourced as a byproduct of a preexisting meat industry on a smaller scale. Still not perfect, but a step in the right direction.

  4. Besma | Curiously Conscious
    September 6, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    Hi Leah,Those shoes look lovely! I was a little disappointed to find they're leather, but ethical nonetheless. More shoe shops need to take that into account!Besma (Curiously Conscious)

  5. Johanne
    August 31, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Looks like a cool site – and these pics are just gorgeous! Just wanted to say :D/Johanne

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