Thank you for being curious about MadeFAIR and finding yourself on this page.
We can't express our gratitude when women choose to shop with us and make
the conscious decision to buy ethically-made products online. It takes a laudable
amount of empathy and awareness to click past the inundation of fast fashion
advertisements. So for that, we again say thank you.
After receiving her Bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Relations, Tavie worked in the non-profit industry while dabbling in freelance marketing and website design. She moved to Cambodia in 2012 and quit non-profit the following year to pursue ethical fashion.
Anna Mack Severn
Merchandising & Fulfillment Manager
Raleigh, NC, USA
Anna Mack attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her degree in Finance and International Affairs with a concentration in Asia. After leaving her corporate job to begin her own business that would eventually become an Etsy Top 100 supply seller, she sold it to a competitor and humored Tavie, joining MadeFAIR.
Sara has worked in hospitality and primary education in Crete, Jakarta, The Canary Islands, Sihanoukville, and of course her hometown, Manchester, England. She's pursuing her Bachelor's in Literature and Journalism at the University of Salford, and contributes to MadeFAIR's voice. i.e. she's the reason people think we're smart and funny .
MadeFAIR is an online retailer of ethical, sustainable, and Certified Fair Trade clothing and accessories. We search for the happy, fashionable medium between $500 leather bags and $3 handicrafts. We're based between the sleepy riverside town, Kampot, Cambodia, and the Mile High City, Denver, Colorado, from which all of our inventory is shipped.
Our business model is grounded in empathy for every person in our supply chain, whether it be the farmer who sows the cotton seed, the vendor who sells factory waste textiles, the craftsmen and women who construct the garment, and you, the customer.
We're not Spin Doctors or wordsmiths over here. We'll always be honest and open about each piece in our shop, so if we missed something, just ask or tell us.
MadeFAIR is very much rooted, for better or for worse, in the Cambodia ex-pat lifestyle. Backpackers come and go in their Cochella-inspired garb, but those long-termers who migrate from their homes -- from Denver to Manchester, Tokyo to Melbourne -- have jobs in nonprofit, hospitality, sustainability, and social business. These jobs require functional and fashionable wardrobes adapted to both the frigid winters back home and the perpetual equatorial sunshine of this beautiful -- but sometimes grinding -- country we call home. When we choose items for our little corner of the internet, we ask ourselves "which two cities will this be worn?"
Our founder, Tavie, worked years in non-profit, and noticed a problem: there are always several organizations within one city that address the same problems and compete for the same resources. For this reason, we're a for-profit retailer that invests in people. We've found the best way to change a widespread problem like worker exploitation and environmental degradation is investing in ethical and small businesses to help them scale.
We're not here to saturate the market. We're here to replace it. Ethical fashion is long-term capitalism at its best. It gainfully, and rightfully, employs people who make the items that define personal style -- an industry that might end with the zombie apocalypse. But, even then, survivors will probably still forage for sensible outfits.