Radiohead- “All I Need” MTV special video on human-trafficking. When I first saw this video back in 2008, I felt it was pure and simple yet strong. Although since then, there is more awareness about human trafficking, sweat shops, and other oppressive practises, many people are still in the mindset of “the problem is too big” or “we can’t make a difference”. This video illustrates that we have no choice but to change. Every movement we make towards more ethical choices outweighs every movement we don’t make.
From intricately woven Wayuu Mochilla Bags from Colombia to beautifully hand-embroidered blouses made in Southern Mexico, annie O. boutique grant shoppers access to original pieces while simultaneously supporting survivors of domestic abuse and promoting the preservation of indigenous artisan traditions.
The fair trade certified company works directly with women-run artisan cooperatives around the world to design and source hand-crafted accessories made with local materials. The online store showcases a contemporary line of refreshingly colourful belts, scarves and bags among many other ethically produced items.
Designer and founder Annie O. Waterman was inspired by an indigenous fair-trade group she encountered while working as an intern for World of Good (now Good World Solutions) in Central Peru during the summer of 2005. The Colorado-based company has since worked with several fair-trade cooperatives across the globe.