aid.THROUGH TRADE

I spent this past week in the lovely city of Annapolis, which was the first capital of the USA!  All the flowers were in bloom and it seemed like the perfect season to be there. 

Beautiful, blooming, downtown Annapolis, Maryland. 

Beautiful, blooming, downtown Annapolis, Maryland. 

Damian Jones is the founder of Aid Through Trade and was also one of the founding members of the Fair Trade Federation.

Trusted certification for brands you may know such as Ten Thousand Villages, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, and some of my favorites Beads of Esiteti, Faire Collection, and Freeset. 

Trusted certification for brands you may know such as Ten Thousand Villages, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, and some of my favorites Beads of Esiteti, Faire Collection, and Freeset

It was inspiring to hear his stories of those early days in trail blazing for what is today gaining momentum as the "Fair Trade Movement", and "Ethical Fashion".  After Damian's time in the Peace Corp., he saw the need for offering people jobs, and not just handing out free money and supplies.  In 1993 Damian designed the "Roll-Ons" bracelets with the artisans he knew in Nepal and Aid Through Trade was born. The product has always been made with the finest glass beads and after 20 years and a couple of generations making them, they are also the highest quality in the market. 

All the Nepali and Indian prints, textiles, and handmade rugs in the office were a source of inspiration for designing the upcoming collections. They have also been infused into the playful patterns and textures of the Roll-Ons.

All the Nepali and Indian prints, textiles, and handmade rugs in the office were a source of inspiration for designing the upcoming collections. They have also been infused into the playful patterns and textures of the Roll-Ons.

I enjoyed working with some new materials, especially all the colorful beads that are a direct reflection of the vibrant colors of Nepal! 

The staff was all so friendly and we shared lots of laughs and talks about the future of A.T.T. There are exciting things coming.

L-R Top: Kelsey, Nancy (Head of Customer Relations), Alex (Head of Operations), Megan (Head of Sales and Marketing), Jeff (President, CEO) Bottom Row: Damian (Founder), Elizabeth

L-R Top: Kelsey, Nancy (Head of Customer Relations), Alex (Head of Operations), Megan (Head of Sales and Marketing), Jeff (President, CEO) Bottom Row: Damian (Founder), Elizabeth

New design will start launching this Fall, and you can look for a whole new Aid Through Trade experience coming in Spring/Summer 2015. I am so thankful to be apart of this project that has pioneered a movement, and bring new designs to the table that I hope you will love. 

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