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  • Nikkie Belindar Singh Photo Intern Highlight: Nikkie Belindar Singh (10/4/2016) - Hello, my name is Nikkie. I am a third year student at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a San Francisco native. Sustainability in all its different forms has been an interest of mine since I can remember, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about Fair Trade Los AngelesRead More
  • In the Presidential Suite at Casa del Mar (one of my clients). Member Highlight: Rachel Winokur of Rachel Winokur Interiors (9/8/2016) - A little bit about myself: Much of my childhood in New England was spent enjoying the outdoors and that included living on a sailboat when I was about 8 for 2 ½ years. Also, I was named after Rachel Carson (my middle name is Carson) who was an environmentalist and wrote books like the wellRead More
  • Mike Farid, Owner of BGREEN and Nature USA. Member Highlight: Mike Farid, BGREEN and Nature USA (8/3/2016) -   Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am originally from Iran but my Dad made a huge sacrifice to leave a successful life and garment business behind to give me and my siblings an opportunity for a better life in the US in the mid-80s. I actually went to high school in GermanyRead More
  • SONY DSC Fair Trade Fashion Show Los Angeles (8/1/2016) - Photos by: Isabel Szkiba Post by: Kristeen Singh The second annual Fair Trade Fashion Show held on July 16, in downtown Los Angeles was a hit. Hosted by Fair Trade LA members Sica Schmitz (Founder of online ethical boutique Bead & Reel) and Katie Bond (Founder of sustainable Fair Trade nonprofit The Peace Exchange), this year’s fundraiser benefited the women ofRead More
  • Make LA Sweatshop Free Help Make Ross Sweatshop Free (7/27/2016) - Blog post by Pam Michell Standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the garment industry, on July 2, 2016 the Garment Worker Center led over 80 demonstrators at Figueroa and Vernon for its second action against ROSS Dress for Less. Organizations represented included Fair Trade LA, SEIU, KIWA, ROC LA, IDEPSCA, UFCW 770,Read More
  • Lovely Mother &Daugther Garment Worker’s Center Fashion Show! (7/19/2016) - First things first, I just want to say how blessed I am to be writing this blog. My name is Michaela and I’m originally from the Bay Area. I hear you all cheering for me because I heard that some of you are from there too! As for why I’m part of Fair Trade LARead More
  • Sam Member Highlight: Sam Bills & Ten Thousand Villages (7/6/2016) - Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am single-handedly trying to expand the market for fair trade coffee by enjoying copious amounts of it. Usually while holding a mug I am discussing big ideas and talking about the latest news with the many wonderful people I get to work with and customers I getRead More
  • student UCLA designated as a Fair Trade University! (5/22/2016) - By Karina Newman UCLA  has become a Fair Trade University. The Fair Trade campaign at UCLA was initiated and continues to be spearheaded by E3: Ecology, Economy, and Equity, the largest sustainability student group at UCLA. The campaign has been officially working toward achieving designation as a Fair Trade University since 2013. The Fair TradeRead More
  • Sica Schmitz Headshot Member Highlight: Sica Schmitz and Bead & Reel (5/21/2016) - Tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m your pretty typical story of small town girl moves to the big city with big dreams, finds out the ugly truth of the industry she loves, and decides to change it. After careers in Fashion Design and then Costume Design for film and television, I started BeadRead More
  • Teresa-Fair Trade LA Badge Member Highlight: Teresa Baxter (4/26/2016) - Fair Trade LA Member Teresa Baxter Selected to Serve on the Fair Trade Campaigns Southern California Leadership Team  With 260 campaigns across the United States, Fair Trade Campaigns (Towns, Colleges & Universities, Schools and Congregations) is growing rapidly and making a huge difference in the lives of artisans, farmers and workers across the globe. PlanningRead More