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The Business of Blogging: Why Fair Trade Rhetoric Must Include Bloggers

The fair trade system was created to address the root causes of global poverty and income inequality by advocating on behalf of marginalized workers – mostly women – and creating economic infrastructure to aid in long term, sustainable employment. Because the fair trade system as we know it grew out of Western, mostly white, charity …

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FashRev Week | Escama Studio: Intergenerational in Life & Business + Giveaway

Posing with thrift shop volunteer and good friend, Fiona This piece was sponsored and produced in collaboration with Escama Studio. Scroll all the way down for giveaway. From a very young age, I’ve intentionally volunteered on behalf of and with “old people.” My youth choirs would travel to the local nursing home around Christmas time …

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Buyer Beware: One-for-One Models

This is the first post in a series called Buyer Beware on business models I generally don’t support. Holes in the One-for-One Model I’ve talked about the one-for-one model before (I’m even advertising one of them on my sidebar), but I think it’s worth mentioning again. One-for-one models, popularized by TOMS shoe company, operate under …

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Luxury Goods for Less: Italic Drops Subscription Model

Italic’s Innovative Business Model You may have noticed that I’m very interested in business models. The landscape of retail has changed dramatically since the early 2000s, when the internet suddenly disrupted brick-and-mortar establishments. But it seems that most brands simply built digital platforms for their stores without rethinking the supply chain. That’s why I’m intrigued …

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What Ethical Brands Can Learn from Fast Fashion

What I Learned When I Went Back to Fast Fashion Discovering Ethical Fashion I’ve beat my story into the ground by now, but just in case you’re entering it via this post, let me recap: I stopped buying the worst offenders of fast fashion (think Forever 21) in 2013 after learning that the majority of …

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When It Comes to Fair Trade, What’s Fair? A Chat With Brad Jeffery

What’s Fair in Fair Trade? Growing interest in conscious consumerism has necessarily brought with it a range of questions about what constitutes fairness, ethics, and transparency. While the definition of fair trade has remained fairly solid over the last several decades, new companies, marketers, freelancers, and bloggers have introduced terms to the marketplace that, at …

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Is it Possible to Be an “Ethical” Fashion Blogger?

An “Ethical” Fashion Blogger? After reading 49 well-crafted, thoughtful responses from you, my readers, in my recent Reader Survey, I’m struck by how attentive and supportive this community is. And it really is a community – even if we don’t always get to meet each other or have a long chat online – because we’re …

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