Fair Trade Designs


Fair Trade Designs

Shop ethically without sacrificing your style. Handcrafted. Fairly traded. Sustainably produced.

Fair Trade Designs is a member  of the Fair Trade Federation.  All companies that are members of the Fair Trade Federation, sell products that help to support farmers and artisans in developing countries via fair trade practices.  Fair Trade Designs carries apparel, jewelry, purses, handbags and men’s accessories. These items are made by men and women throughout a number of countries such as Africa, Cambodia. Boliva and the Philippines. Stephanie King is the founder of Fair Trade Designs.


This fantastic Hidden Surprise Handbag, is one example of the many items you can purchase from Fair Trade Designs.

Can you find the hidden zippered pocket? 

It’s very well hidden and a perfect place to keep a slim wallet, keys or cash. The bag is lightweight, easy to clean AND stylish. I would fee completely comfortable carrying this bag to an out door craft show, as well as to church or out to dinner. It comes in three colors…Navy, Black and Gray.


Product Description

What’s the hidden surprise in this trendy and eco-friendly bag?  Designed into the front is a hidden zipper pocket to stash your cell phone, keys, or whatever you need quick easy access to.  Fully lined with an interior pocket, this very practical bag is very sturdy but remarkably lightweight.

Designed in Italy and handmade by fair trade artisans in Cambodia.

Approximately 14″high x 12″ wide x 4″ deep. Includes a longer detachable shoulder strap. 

Artist’s Story:

Through your purchase of this bag, the Cambodian artisans are provided free daycare and elementary school facilities by Smateria, the company that create the designs and work with the artisans directly. They receive fair wages and safe labor conditions. Proceeds from sales also provide an average of five meals a day to children in Cambodia.

Of the many qualities that make our products unique, the most important is the story of the artisans who handcraft them. 

Click any of the links below to view some of their stories. 

In addition, the details page     for each item we sell includes an “Artisan Story” tab describing the person who made the product.

Speaking of stylish – check out this beautiful scarf.

This scarf is 100% cotton –  22 inches wide and 75 inches long.  The colors are so soft and dreamy.  It truly is stunning.  The story of the artist, breaks my heart, but it’s so wonderful that via Fair Trade Designs, she is able t0 pay for medical treatment that is so needed.

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Artist’s Story:

Orphaned at an early age, Ammu was taken in by her grandmother. She struggled with tuberculosis and her grandparents struggled financially. Her Aunt introduced her to the fair trade organization, which gave her light work in the tailoring unit and they also helped her with her medical bills. She soon found a passion for design and embroidery work. Thanks to the medicine, she has now regained strength and is highly committed to her work. This is what she has to say:

“I thoroughly enjoy the stitching, packing and embroidery aspects of my job and have been told that I am a very quiet and efficient worker. The workshop takes care of me and provides me with medical, emotional and spiritual help. Each day we pray before we start work and on Mondays some of us meet for Bible study, which helps us with our problems.I am now confident about myself and know that I do not have to accept abuse or violence in my marriage.”

I found this gorgeous necklace, that would go perfectly with my scarf!

And what about something for the guys? This “Trashy Toiletry Bag” would be much appreciated, I’m sure! It’s made from non-biodegradable bags, so not only does the recipient receive a great accessory, but you are helping the environment.
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When you are shopping for items for yourself, your family or friends, please think of Fair Trade Designs.  Not only will you receive an item that is of high quality, but you will be helping to support an artisan that is truly in need!
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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

About Author


Libby wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Teacher*Friend*Animal Lover* Former Early Pregnancy and Childbirth Educator and Substitute Teacher (preK - 12) *Medically Disabled...SURVIVOR! Libby is very happily married to the love of her life (for 41 yeas), the mother of 10 grown children and "Nonnie" to 23 growing grand children. She adores animals, and is "owned" by two furbabies: Gung Poe Wigglebutt ( a Black Pug, who's mission in life is to be her shadow) and Gabriel, SD, CGC, PAT, (her Service Dog, who is a Chocolate Lab/Weimaraner mix). Libby also has two Red Eared Aquatic Turtles, Tucker and Turner, who couldn't care less about her, other than at meal times!

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