“Ethical Preppy” Menswear: Tompkins Point Apparel

Since we’re always on the lookout for fashionable Fair Trade menswear, it is so much more than our pleasure to introduce you to a new Fair Trade Certified fashion house — Tompkins Point Apparel.

FTT’s Top Reasons to Lurve Tompkins Point Apparel:

1) Tompkins Point Apparel is one of the first clothing companies to be fully Fair Trade Certified from field to factory.  (Maggie’s Organics is another, which we also adore.  Check back soon for more info on their new line of Fair Trade Certified apparel.)

2) Tompkins Point is the epitome of classic, clean menswear at its finest.  Do you love the timeless sophistication of a smart-fitting polo and khakis?  While we lurve a guy with an eye for fashion, believe us; nothing melts our hearts more than a man who looks good while doing good.  And Tompkins Point Apparel is certainly a do good company.  Not only do they provide fair wages and working conditions for their farmers and factory workers, but they also “donate 25% of [their] profits to the communities where [their] clothing is made.

3) Their Logo Is Adora-bull:

Move over, Mr. Alligator.  Go for a trot, Mr. Pony.  There’s a new logo in town, and we think he’s pretty hip.  Plus, we dig the funky symbolism:

“The Tompkins Point logo is an image of a bull on top of an upside-down lotus flower.

The bull represents good old fashioned American capitalism.  It represents the innovation and efficiency that inherently comes when businesses focus on the customer’s desires. On the other hand, the lotus flower represents enlightenment.  As in many Asian cultures, our lotus is symbolic of the fact that our company has a higher calling.

With these two symbols are combined, the logo captures the essence of Tompkins Point.  At Tompkins Point, we believe in unleashing American capitalism in a new, socially responsible, ‘enlightened’ manner.”

4) Tompkins point offers a selection of polos in fun, bright colors to fit your mood and your style.  (We just can’t choose.  We love them all!):

5) Their polo model is super dreamy.  Okay, so maybe this isn’t quite as legitimate as the dozens of reasons we are in lurve with this company, but come on folks, it needed to be said.

You heard it hear first, lovely readers.  Tompkins Point is definitely a fashion house to watch.  We can’t wait to see this awesome company expand.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

A February Perfect Pairing!

Fill this Heart Mug from Craft Link (available at SERRV and Fair Trade Winds) with Equal Exchange's Love Buzz coffee, and you're halfway to a February perfect pairing!

We hope all of our lovely readers had a very happy Fair Trade Valentine’s Day!  Though, now that we’re past the excitement of the big day, we sure could use a perfect pairing pick-me-up.  If, like us, you are starting to feel the winter blues, try this yummy combo, which will have you celebrating the Fair Trade love despite this chilly weather.

Here’s what Theo has to say about this decadently divine treat:

“The best collaborations are simple. Theo sources and roasts the best chocolate. Caffé Vita sources and roasts the best coffee. why not combine them? coffee + chocolate = happiness.”

We couldn’t agree more.  Which is why we’ve paired these delicious coffee chocolate caramels with one of our favorite Fair Trade coffees.  Because coffee + chocolate + coffee = happiness³.  (We’ve checked this equation with Dave-the-Coffee-Guy, and he’s in absolute agreement.)


Dave’s not the only who’s head-over-heels for Equal Exchange’s Organic Love Buzz coffee.  None of the Fair Trade Trendsters can resist this “sweet, sultry and smooth coffee with an unexpected bite and lasting finish.”  Even Katy, Fair Trade Trends founder and notorious hazelnut syrup fiend, drinks this delicious, chocolately brew black.  Simply scrumptious.

So even though Punxsutawney Phil’s offered us hope for an early spring, if you still see snow on the ground (or hey, love chocolate, coffee, or helping to promote economic justice for the world’s farmers), we say treat yourself!  Because, you’ve earned it!  And because doing good tastes so right!

Stay Warm!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Send Your Love a Fair Trade Valentine’s!

Cards from Africa's "Penguin Love Card."

Last post, we shared our complete guide to Fair Trading your Valentine’s Day.  With a week left before the big day, we wanted to tell you about an awesome, ethical card company – Cards from Africa (also available at Good Paper).  Check out this amazing description from Good Paper:

Our greeting cards are all handcrafted by young people in Rwanda who have been orphaned by genocide or AIDS. The cardmakers are all heads of households, responsible for providing for the remaining younger siblings in their family. Cards from Africa pays above-market wages so that the cardmakers can feed their families and send the younger siblings to school. All the colored papers are made by recycling Rwandan office materials by hand as an expression of environmental stewardship.

Definitely a fabulous company to support when buying your sweetie’s  Valentine’s Day card.  Here are some of our favs:

Happy Fair Trade Valentine’s Day!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters