As a Canadian consumer, and as someone who attempts to shop with a conscience (while sticking to a budget), I find this trend to be extremely upsetting and confusing. How do you determine where to shop, without unwittingly contributing to inhumane working conditions for people who are already terribly underprivileged?
It’s not an easy question to answer, but tomorrow – on Friday, November 15 – Ottawans have the chance to put any ethical buying concerns aside for the evening. Ten Thousand Villages is partnering with Adorit – a boutique in the trendy Byward Market – to host a Fair Trade Fashion Show.
Just in time for Christmas shopping season, customers can enjoy a complimentary fashion show that features fairly-traded, hand-made fashions from artisans around the world. The show will focus on showing consumers how they can be both ‘on trend’ and help people in developing countries meet basic needs.
For example, the featured jewellery is full of vibrant colors and created using modern materials – such as metal and glass – which are designed to enhance trendy fashions.
The fashion show is a brand-new addition to the Fair Trade Festival Sale, which has a long, successful history of running every November in Ottawa. Come to the fashion show; stay for the Festival Sale – a global marketplace under one roof.