Many of my favorite shops and restaurants are those that I have stumbled upon while out wandering, and this find is no different. A few weekends ago, my husband and I stopped by the Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA on our way to a birthday party. We had planned on a quick stop at Cava Mezze Grill for an early dinner. As Hubs hadn’t been to Mosaic since the huge expansion, we made time to walk around after eating. It had been about 7 months since I had been to Mosaic and I was pleasantly surprised to find several new (to me) stores. We strolled around a bit and briefly got separated while I was window shopping. :) As I caught up to Hubs, he paused in front of a store, nodded towards the window and said “that looks like your kind of store” … and boy was he right!
Fair Trade Winds
Like the good man that he is, Hubs took my to-go cup from Cava and found a bench to relax on while I wandered inside. Upon entering, I immediately fell in love with the colorful global products of Fair Trade Winds. I’d like to claim that I chatted up the sales person to learn more about the store and its mission, but being the introvert that I am, I took a minute to explore their website before I continued exploring the store. Through my mad Googling skills, I learned that Fair Trade Winds is a family-run store that specializes in “fair trade and environmentally sustainable products supporting artisans, farmers, and craftspeople from all over the globe.”
With this information in my pocket, I began to pay more attention to the various labels and signs in the store. Each told a story of the craftsperson and some even detailed how the profits would be used in the person’s community. It was so cool to learn about the global reach that many of the items has through Fair Trade Winds and other retailers.
My Fabulous Finds
I picked up two items while at Fair Trade Winds. The first is a wrap bracelet from the Leakey Collection that was made by Maasai artisans in Kenya and 100 percent of the profits go to support local teachers’ salaries. As a former teacher, I was immediately drawn to the mission of this product. I also love that as a wrap bracelet, it can be worn either 3 or 4 times around the wrist (no dainty wrists here). My second find was a Malia Designs card holder that was made in Cambodia and profits from it go to support “organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia.” While this is technically a card holder, I’ve been using it as my wallet.
While I only picked up two items, I could have easily grabbed ten more! I will be keeping Fair Trade Winds in mind during the gift giving season, as well as a go-to-spot for birthdays.
Check Them Out
In addition to the Fairfax, VA store, Fair Trade Winds has store locations in Bar Harbor (the gateway to Acadia National Park in Maine), Boulder, Seattle, Springfield (Ohio), and Jamestown (Rhode Island). You can also shop directly from their website if you do not live near a physical location.
*This is not a sponsored post. All items were purchased at full price by the author.