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Fair Trade Designs founder featured In USA Today

Fair Trade Designs founder and owner, Stephanie King, was featured in the recent USA Today “Best Years” premium publication.  She, along with 3 other women over the age of 45, were selected as examples of reinventing our careers in our “second act” in more meaningful and fulfilling ways. Click on the article for a larger, […]

Fair Trade Is Elegant

Fair Trade Is Elegant by fairtradedesigns featuring necklaces Necklace fairtradedesigns.com Hand-carved wood purse from a women’s co-op in the Philippines. fairtradedesigns.com Natural fiber clutch made by fair trade artisans in Colombia. fairtradedesigns.com Hand-painted silk/cotton scarf from Thailand. fairtradedesigns.com Silk scarf woven by skilled fair trade Mayan weavers. fairtradedesigns.com Semi-precious stones in sterling settings handmade in […]

Breast Cancer Research Benefits From Fair Trade Month

Breast Cancer Research Benefits From Fair Trade Month by fairtradedesigns featuring a summer shawl

Bogart and Hepburn Redux–Guatemalan Artisan Trip, The End???

Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn had it easy compared to our day yesterday  as we tried to journey from Antigua to Lake Atitlan.  If you’ve ever seen “The African Queen”, you’ll remember their treacherous boat ride in African rivers, trudging through knee-deep water and brush while pulling their boat. Well, we didn’t quite have to […]

Guatemala Artisan Trip–The Beginning

     My journey to see and talk with the Mayan artisans who create some of the beautiful jewelry and scarves I sell on Fair Trade Designs began with a 2-day stop in Antigua.  No artisans here in this centuries-old Spanish colonial town.  But plenty of young girls and women selling a vast variety of handicrafts. […]