I fell hard for Fair+Simple.
It was like falling in love. After running a handmade business for nearly a decade, a seed was planted in me by the fair trade movement. I grew inspired by several companies who were using business to help others, and I knew I was meant to be a part of it. One day, it erupted into a huge dream for Fair + Simple. I hardly slept or ate for three days when the idea struck me for the Fair+Simple Card. It fell from the ceiling and I went for it, both feet in. It’s a card that you give to a friend, and they can redeem it for any single item in an ethically-sourced collection. A niche, something new to bring to the table. A way to respect customers, and impact people around the world at the same time.
The heart and soul of Fair + Simple is targeted job creation for people in marginalized and impoverished areas. And not just any job, but good jobs with fair living wages in safe work environments which respect and dignify the producer or artisan rather than exploit and compromise. The people who make the products in this collection are the heartbeat of the company, not just a means to an end.
And you, dear reader, thank you for your mindfulness and care for those who are behind making the items you give and enjoy. There is a story, and sometimes even a signature, behind each gift.
Gift giving is my love language, handmade is close to me, and serving others is a privilege. This is where I fit.