Hi! My name is Mikaela Wall and I founded Fairlee Trade & Co. in 2018, with a simple desire to just do better when it comes to fashion.
I remember learning about human trafficking in high school, and with a bit of research, finding out how deeply this issue is rooted within the fashion industry.
I couldn’t stand the thought of wearing something that could have been made by someone trapped in an abusive work environment or modern day slavery.
In 2013, I began to research companies that were doing good with their products. I began to buy from Fair Trade certified companies who were open and transparent about their employees' working conditions, companies that could prove that their employees were receiving fair wages and being empowered to live healthy and educated lives. There are a lot of amazing companies out there who are making huge strides to create a better world for garment workers, as well as for their families and their children.
Over the past few years of my personal endeavor to shop better- to do better with what I was personally wearing- I wanted to make this a possibility for so many others within my personal sphere of influence. This is what I feel called to do. To help others find better solutions to living a better and more fulfilling life. Consumers are happier when we know that the product we are wearing is not only beautiful and trendy, but is creating a sustainable income for someone across the globe from us. And the artisan making the product is happier when they are empowered through fair wages, healthy work environments, and safe childcare for their children.
The consumer has a HUGE say in what the market looks like. If we demand more, more, more, and cheaper, cheaper, cheaper, then the supply will meet the demand. Bad working environments will be turned a blind eye to, and human lives will (and have) be taken in the process. This is historic. Just look at the prime example we find in the collapse of the Bangladesh factory in 2013, which killed over 1,000 garment workers.
(read the New York Times article)
If we, as consumers, demand better, choose to shop better, and refuse to support companies who may be experiencing extreme wealth and growth through the misfortune and misuse of human lives, then these large corporations that are taking advantage of human lives will have to change their supply chain at multiple levels.
This is where we will see real change begin to happen in the fashion industry.
We, as Fairlee Trade & Co., are here to do better. To offer better. We believe in a better world, where people care about WHO made their T-shirt, their earrings, their handbag.
That’s why we, here at Fairlee Trade & Co., sell ONLY Fair Trade goods, and we can honestly stand behind every item we sell.
Thank you for joining us, by choosing to #shopfairlee