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The winners of our Free Fair Trade Friday contests during Fair Trade Month

Thank you to everyone for participating in our Free Fair Trade Friday contests in October in celebration for Fair Trade Month! Your responses were wonderful and we had a difficult time choosing our favorites but here are the results:

Week 1: Brenna: Reversible bag and headband

Week 2: Malarie Hoover: Napkin set

Week 3: Amber Gillespie: Denim skirt

Week 4: Ann Richmond: Apron and tablecloth

Congratulations! I have replied to the winning comments on each blog post but will need your full names, size if applicable, and mailing addresses in order to deliver your prizes. Please contact me no later than Friday November 5th, 2010: megan@marigoldfairtradeclothing.com

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November 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm 2 comments

Our last FREE FAIR TRADE FRIDAY Giveaway: Win 2 fantastic prizes!

This is the fourth and FINAL installment in our giveaway series celebrating Fair Trade Month.  Make sure to enter for your chance to win!

THE PRIZE:

One lucky winner will receive not one, but TWO FREE gifts. First, you will get an apron made of hand block printed fabric, with two pockets, that is completely adjustable and sized generously (available in red, turquoise, endive, cumin floral or orange lotus). Secondly, you will receive a tablecloth, either 60×90 or 60×120, that is available in orange lotus, plum floral, spruce, rose, cumin floral and endive floral. You and your table are sure to be a hit at your next dinner party!

TO ENTER:

  1. To win this week’s prize, post a comment to THIS week’s blog post with your answer to the question: “What product or product group would you like to see become Fair Trade and why?”
  2. Follow us online for a bonus second entry:
  3. Have fun and good luck!

RULES:

  • We will choose our favorite blog comment from that week’s post and that person will be declared the winner of that particular contest. Creativity counts!
  • The winner will receive a direct message about how to collect the prize
  • Entries must be received by 8:00pm PST on Saturday October 30, 2010
  • Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received

October 29, 2010 at 1:00 am 7 comments

Part 4 of “Fair Trade from the Seed to the Consumer”: The Retailer & Consumer

In recognition of Fair Trade Month, Marigold Fair Trade Clothing has a new blog series entitled: “Fair Trade From the Seed to the Consumer.” Our beautiful, fashion-forward products represent a completely fair trade supply chain, and you can be assured that from the cotton seed to the finished product, your Marigold purchase is helping to transform the lives of workers and t heir communities. Holding true to our value of transparency, and in an effort to educate and advocate for the Fair Trade model, we are opening up, and explaining, our complete value chain to the consumer public.

In Part 4 (and the final installment of this series), we will explore the fourth major link in the supply chain, and the one that you are probably most familiar with: Distribution & The Consumer.

In addition to selling directly to our consumers at events around the Seattle, Washington, area, and through our online catalog and shopping cart, we have the privilege of working with an amazing set of 60+ retailers across the country. Marigold is based on a wholesaler model, and so we really rely on our retail partners to spread the word about fair trade and distribute our products to the end consumer. We love working in close collaboration with stores to develop new products that suit the needs of their customers, and it is our goal to make the decision to buy fair trade an easy one!

In order to reach the biggest audience we can, staff at Marigold frequently speak at colleges, schools, community groups, festivals and events to share our story and spread the word about fair trade. We are also often involved in ethical fashion shows and stay involved in the local and global fair trade community through our social media sites. By staying connected to the movement, we can speak directly to retailers who may be entertaining the idea of offering ethical fashion and housewares, but we can also engage in a direct dialogue with you, our consumer. Our distributors are essential to our success, but we also love to hear directly from our consumers. You can tell us what’s hot, what’s not, and offer general feedback on our products and what you would like to see Marigold offer next.

We recently spoke to a Marigold supporter who was a winner of one of our blog contests, and then went on to order our beautiful Paisley Skirt. Here is what she had to say:

“I buy fair trade because I believe that I’m making a difference in the global community and enjoy influencing business and consumer trends toward the greater good. Because I care about what I buy, it’s great to find a central location where I can freely shop without worrying about where the products were made or under what kind of conditions.  At Marigold I have the assurance that everything is fair trade and can be confident that everything I buy is making the world a better place.  Marigold has a lot of options and some really great designs, and I especially love the paisley skirt – it’s very comfortable, flattering, and also very versatile so that I can wear it to work with more formal accessories, or for play with sandals.”

At the core of Marigold’s values is the idea of transparency, which is exactly what inspired us to open up our supply chain to the public with this blog series. We consider ourselves to not only be a fair trade clothing designer and wholesaler, but also an organization that spurs discussion, innovation and change. We want our retailers and consumers to feel engaged with Marigold, and know that you are playing a large part in furthering the fair trade movement.

The conventional garment industry, and what we have come to accept as normal and the law of the land, is one of secrecy and an impossibly long and convoluted supply chain that makes it difficult for consumers to know the story of the product. Marigold’s business model turns this antiquated system on its head by giving the consumer complete insight into the production process. We have no secrets, and because of this, when you purchase a Marigold product, you can be sure that you are getting the complete, honest, and fair history of the item.



October 26, 2010 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Exclusive Fair Trade Month Offer: 15% Off Coupon for New Customers

In honor of the last week of Fair Trade Month, we are offering a very special offer to those who have recently discovered Marigold, or who just need a little incentive to place that first order.

***Place an online order with Marigold using code “FTMONTH10” by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday October 31st and receive an amazing 15% of your first order!!!***

 

The holidays are just around the corner, so this is a great opportunity to stock up on unique fair trade fabric greeting cards, get your dinner table primed and ready with beautiful hand blocked napkins and a tablecloth, and maybe even pick up one of our gorgeous reversible bags to take with you on your long shopping trips!

This exclusive offer is only valid until the end of Fair Trade Month so please act fast to ensure maximum product availability. Ready to shop? Click HERE! And as always, thank you for your support of Marigold and the fair trade movement. When you make a purchase through Marigold you are voting with your dollars, and your actions do make a difference to women in our cooperative!

Note: This offer is only valid online and to new customers

October 25, 2010 at 5:22 am Leave a comment

The newest little addition to the Marigold family: Rosalia!

Owner of Marigold Fair Trade Clothing company, Beth Provo, welcomed her first child to the world on Thursday October 13th, 2010. Rosalia Linda Provo is 8 lbs. 9 oz. and ready to wear some fashion-forward, organic cotton, and fair trade baby clothes! Please help us to congratulate this proud new Mommy!


October 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm 2 comments

FREE FAIR TRADE FRIDAY Giveaway: Win a beautiful organic denim skirt!

This is the third installment in our giveaway series celebrating Fair Trade Month.  We have a giveaway every Friday during the month of October so make sure to check back each week to win!

THE PRIZE:

One lucky winner will receive a beautiful organic cotton denim skirt!  Pictured here with the Chalea top, this versatile piece is sure to be a winner at work or on the weekend for years to come. The trim is available in Endive or Fuchsia Floral.

TO ENTER:

  1. To win this week’s prize, post a comment to THIS week’s blog post with your answer to the question: “What is the best way to promote the importance of fair trade to your friends and family?”
  2. Follow us online for a bonus second entry:
  3. Have fun and good luck!

RULES:

  • We will choose our favorite blog comment from that week’s post and that person will be declared the winner of that particular contest. Creativity counts!
  • The winner will receive a direct message about how to collect the prize
  • Entries must be received by 8:00pm PST on Saturday October 23, 2010
  • Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received

October 21, 2010 at 9:00 am 6 comments

Part 3 of “Fair Trade From the Seed to the Consumer”: Product Design & Production

In recognition of Fair Trade Month, Marigold Fair Trade Clothing has a new blog series entitled: “Fair Trade From the Seed to the Consumer.” Our beautiful, fashion-forward products represent a completely fair trade supply chain, and you can be assured that from the cotton seed to the finished product, your Marigold purchase is helping to transform the lives of workers and their communities. Holding true to our value of transparency, and in an effort to educate and advocate for the Fair Trade model, we are opening up, and explaining, our complete value chain to the consumer public.

In Part 3 of our series, we will explore the third major link in the supply chain, and the one that Marigold plays the biggest role in: Product Design & Production

Since 2004, Marigold has been working with a sewing co-op of over 300 women from the slums of Mumbai, India. The co-op provides an opportunity for severely disadvantaged women to craft their own economic independence by learning sewing and embroidery skills. After 6-9 months in the training program they join one of the 18 work groups which are autonomously run and coordinated by one woman whom is elected by each group.The women are also offered a number of social services including childcare, a nursery, educational sponsorship for their children, health training and a savings and credit organization.

Marigold first discovered the women’s co-op at the World Social Forum, an international conference of over 100,000 people representing the grassroots community from all over South East Asia and the World. At the time, the co-op was creating children’s toys but was interested into moving more into fashion, and as supporters of fair trade we had often found it difficult to find fashionable fair trade clothes in the North American market. We feel that meeting this group was in our destiny and saw a perfect opportunity to help grow the industry of ethical fashion by being using a Wholesaler model. The women at the heart of Marigold are in India, but Marigold helps bring their skills and traditional art forms to the North American market through the design of fashionable fair trade clothing and partnering with over 60 retailers around the country.

Unlike the traditional garment industry supply chain where clothing designers in North America only outsource production to developing nations, never meeting any of the workers, and certainly never consulting with the production staff, Marigold takes a different approach. Not only do we consult with local Indian artists in designing our housewares and clothing, we also know the names and faces of the women in the co-operative who actually make Marigold products. Instead of seeing the production phase as merely a means to an end that we should constantly strive to drive down costs and margins, we see our workers as partners and members of the Marigold family.

Rosy, one of our most tenured members, learned her sewing skills at the co-op and over the years became coordinator of one of the work groups, eventually earning the position of training center coordinator. Today she is a quality checker, responsible for making sure that Marigold’s products are made with the highest standards in mind. Rosy told us:

“It’s hard to imagine when I think back. Before, no one (in my household) was listening to me. Now if there is an issue and I am not there, they wait for me to hear what I have to say. I feel as if I am an independent woman taking care of my family and children. I feel as if the co-op has given me a platform on which to stand.”


Stay tuned for the last installment in this series, one that our readers are most familiar with, Part 4: Distribution & Consumer Purchasing. How have your feelings about Marigold products changed since you have been able to put a name and face to one of the workers? Does having this insight prompt you to question the status quo of the garment industry?

October 20, 2010 at 6:05 am Leave a comment

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