Those of you who have talked to me in person anytime within the last few weeks will know that I'm feeling a bit disillusioned with conscious consumerism after experiencing some shady information from a few "ethical companies" that turned out to not be paying workers fairly (If you missed it, check out my Fashion Revolution Day post).
My uneasiness has caused me to ask tougher questions of brands, rather than blindly trusting "certifications" and marketing jargon, and it's made me all the more thankful for the go-to brands that I know I can trust.
One such brand is Madefair. I've struck up a long-distance friendship with Tavie, Madefair's unapologetically candid founder, and It's been a refreshing opportunity to get straight-up, honest, behind the scenes information from Tavie's experiences with the ethical manufacturing world in Cambodia. Tavie's insight into fair wages, imports/exports, and more was wonderfully helpful to our A Beautiful Refuge team as we set up our own social enterprise in Southeast Asia, and I really trust and value all the wise thoughts Tavie has shared with me!
Okay, enough fan-girling. Let's move on to the shop: Madefair offers a collection of ethically made clothing, shoes, accessories, and home goods with a minimalist, urban-chic vibe. You'll spot brands like Sseko, Komodo, as well as a few companies you probably haven't heard of yet.
Madefair is also beginning to offer straight-to-consumer pieces from Cambodian artisans, beginning with the beautiful ikat scarf I'm wearing in this post. The new scarves come in four colors (achieved with non-toxic dyes) and are handloomed in Takeo, a province Madefair describes as "renowned for its meticulous weaving and hand-dying techniques".
I love the weight and texture of this scarf- light enough for summer beach cover-ups or to wrap around your shoulders when the evenings get chilly, but not so light that it can't be used as a winter layering piece. Like most of the items in my closet, I'll use this scarf year-round!
Sponsored Post Disclosure: While Life+Style+Justice was not compensated for this post, Madefair sent me an ikat scarf to try! All opinions are my own.