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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

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

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