Hello and welcome to The Swinging Chandelier Boutique! Here you’ll find products which have been handpicked for you, our sweet customers. Among the products, you’ll notice some are fair trade purchased from vendors supported by the Fair Trade Federation. This means they follow fair trade values from start to finish of the production process. Our mission is to provide beautiful pieces, as well as help for those in other countries and celebrate their amazing God given talents. We hope that as you shop, you are able to find pieces which speak to your taste and the spaces you are creating. Don’t forget, all of these products also make great gifts! We hope you enjoy your experience and thank you for your support!
Who Is The Fair Trade Federation?
The Fair Traded Federation is a community of businesses committed to 360 degree fair trade. Our members work closely with small farmers and artisans to ensure good wages, safe working conditions, environmental responsibility, and economic growth. Our members are screened and verified based on all nine Fair Trade Federation principles and uphold the highest standards of fair trade business practice.
What Is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system.
Fair Trade supports farmers and craftspeople in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods.
Meet the Vendors:
Established in 2005, Lucia's Imports LLC partners with Guatemalan families, artisan groups, and cooperatives to maintain a wholesale market for their quality accessories and handicrafts. Lucia's Imports operates according to the Fair Trade Federation Principles and hopes to share the beauty of the Guatemala's art and culture, while making a difference in the lives of Mayan artisans, one purchase at a time.
Working side by side with artisans, we design products rich in tradition and sustainable fashion. Our purses, coin bags and accessories are made from recycled Mayan textiles and our hand-beaded jewelry is made by artisan groups on Lake Atitlan---utilizing traditional weaving skills in modern design.
Matr Boomie is a wholesale fair trade collection from India that marries modern design sensibility with inspiring traditional art forms, bringing people and cultures closer together.
We began in 2006 (as Handmade Expressions) with the mission of creating opportunities for women and minorities to realize their creative, economic and leadership potential. Since then we have grown our network to empower 20,000 artisans in 40 partner communities throughout India. More than 1,500 retailers in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia sell our jewelry, gifts, journals, fashion and home accessories, and major brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Coldwater Creek, Disney, Home Goods, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Whole Foods turn to us for custom and private label designs.
Our passion has enabled us to build a credible force in the fair trade market while making critical differences in the lives of partner artisans, their families and communities. And our experience brings you the best of both worlds: the trust, reliability and professionalism of an established wholesale company, plus exclusive, modern, boho-chic styles that appeal to ethical consumers.
RISING TIDE FAIR TRADE
Rising Tide Fair Trade works with artisans in India who earn a fair wage, enabling them to support their families and achieve a sustainable business operation. The fair trade artisans we work with earn roughly 60 percent more than they would for comparable factory jobs. Since most of the artisans have the choice to work from home, they can tend to their children while contributing to the family income.
Each textile is individually chosen for our collections. A percentage of our profits are donated to philanthropic programs that educate and equip underserved young women with the skills needed to secure employment or start a business.
When you shop with Rising Tide Fair Trade, you can be sure you are lifting up the artisan who crafted your bag as you enjoy the benefits of a vibrant, soulful product. We like to say our business practices float everyone’s boat. We hope you’ll hop on board.
Rising Tide Fair Trade offers a business model with people and planet in mind.
When possible, materials for our bags are purchased from local markets by independent business women or created from upcycled textiles and finished in cruelty free leather (from naturally deceased animals).
Rather than using a system of mass production, our bags are produced in a fair trade cooperative, which has a lower impact on the environment. Our first priority in shipping is ensuring your bag arrives on time and without any damage. When possible, we ship with gently used or recycled materials and request that our customers continue the cycle.
Our bags are made one at a time by artisans paid a fair wage and treated with dignity and respect. Our designs use traditional, local techniques of production adding a modern twist to encompass block printing and weaving Ikat patterns.
The Swinging Chandelier Boutique provides beautiful vintage farmhouse and fair trade products to fill your space. Happy shopping!