In the wake of relentless police brutality, targeted overwhelmingly at black and brown communities, we have watched and seen the world wake up and take action to demand an end to these horrific stories that have become all too familiar in our world.
With thousands of protests across all 50 states and 18 countries, we have been encouraged to speak up, add our voice to the chorus and show up physically to protest police brutality and the larger issues of systemic racism.
One way of supporting our black communities is through the power of purchasing. Global Goods Partners' mission has always been to stand against the injustices that fast fashion and conventional retail push upon makers and artisans in all corners of the world, many of whom are in some of the most vulnerable communities. Fair trade and ethical supply chains are key in this better way of business, and we are proud to be in the fight alongside businesses founded and led by black women and men.
While donating, protesting, reading and learning, please consider visiting some of our favorite fair trade organizations below:
The wonderful Akosua Afriyie-Kumi has been a long-time friend of Global Goods Partners, working in collaboration to create our Pom Pom Baskets and custom bags. AAKS boasts a beautiful assortment of Ghanaian-made handbags and accessories using natural materials and a bright palette.
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Shop our AAKS collection here, exclusive to Global Goods Partners.
This Brooklyn-based storefront is filled with handmade shoes ranging from statement boots, classic heels and traditional Huarache sandals. BV shoes are made around the world in South Africa, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Italy, Haiti and New York City.
This LA-based lingerie brand offers inclusive nude colors and sizing in sustainably-made Tencel fibers (produced from wood pulp!) Their tight assortment makes for simple no-fuss underwear that treats the earth and her people right.
Paying tribute to founder Ashley Alexis McFarlane's Jamaican-Ashanti-Maroon heritage, Omi Woods everyday jewelry ethically handmade with fair-trade African gold and globally sourced conflict-free fine metals.
Partnering and employing artisans in her home country of Haiti, founder ChristelleChignard Paul focuses her efforts not just on sustainable use of horn and bone but also addressing the lack of fair access to education across the country. In partnership with local non-profits dedicated to teacher training and bettering school environments, this powerful organization touches many parts of life for Haitian communities.
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Shop our Atelier Calla collection here, exclusive to Global Goods Partners.
Our dear friend and wholesale customer, LaToya Tucciarone, founded SustainAble Home Goods in Decatur, Georgia, in 2017 to bring handcrafted fair trade homewares to her online store and pop-up space at Ponce City Market. As well as stocking hundreds of our beautiful felt flowers, LaToya meets artisan women on the ground and brings their crafts to her store in true maker-to-market style.
Fashion editor & stylist Brittany Kozerski combines her minimalist aesthetic with functional swimwear, sustainably and thoughtfully made in LA of innovative materials that keep their shape while sculpting the body and offering UV protection.
After partnering with Brooklyn-based store The Narativ at the 2020 NY NOW Winter Trade Show, we have loved seeing the collection of independent black designers and makers. Check out their store or site for a truly unique and eclectic mix that pays homage to African culture.