There are precious few firsts in the fashion industry, what with designers constantly borrowing from the past and trends continuously reinventing themselves. But this month marks the arrival of a notable new development on the apparel scene, and it just so happens to hail from a Bay Area nonprofit organization.
Fair Trade Certification has migrated from coffee to clothing. One of the first of two companies that the NGO Transfair USA has recently certified as fair trade is Tompkins Point Clothing, a designer of preppy men's clothing based in Wyckoff, New Jersey.
Whole Foods Market and its supply chain partners are working overtime to buy as many Fairtrade mangoes as possible during the short season this year in an effort to support the earthquake-stricken country.