Mata Traders’ journey in fair trade fashion began in 2007 with a simple question: “Is this fair trade?” Almost immediately, we were driven to produce responsibly, seeking out partnerships with fair trade organizations that could make ethical production a scalable reality. Prioritization of worker well-being and respect for handmade artistry had us hooked from the start. Now, that passion has multiplied alongside a growing relationship with our partners and an expanding team in our home city of Chicago.
The backbone of fair trade fashion is its dedication to fairness, safety, gender equity, and direct, sustainable, and accountable relationships. Our commitment to the five producer groups that make Mata is long term, collaborative, and if we’re being honest, pretty freaking exciting.