Portland, OR (December 15, 2012) Olivewood & Brass, a new fair trade store in Portland, is excited to announce the store’s grand opening this Holiday Season at 826 NW 23rd. The new store features a collection of high-quality, handmade home décor, jewelry, fashion accessories, kitchenware, and children’s toys fairly traded from over 100 artisan groups in 75 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Shoppers can enjoy a wide assortment of holiday gifts made from natural and recycled materials crafted in both classic and contemporary styles, as well as eco-friendly toys, holiday ornaments and musical instruments.
Olivewood & Brass will become Portland’s newest and only brick and mortar retail store offering 100% dedicated fair trade products. As a fair trade retailer and member of the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, Olivewood & Brass joins thousands of retailers across the nation dedicated to offering goods that are sourced in an environmentally and socially conscious way.
Fair trade is a trading relationship, based on transparency, dialogue and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade to ensure that people along the supply chain receive fair wages, that communities have quality education and health-care, and that producers take steps to preserve the environment. Fair trade addresses many of the shortcomings of conventional trade and demonstrates a model where businesses can be successful while putting people first.
Jeff Owen, owner of Olivewood & Brass, is excited to offer high-quality accessories and home décor that complement the style and values of Portland’s socially-conscious community. “Our commitment is to the producer and the consumer. We want to ensure that the crafters are earning a fair wage and are able to provide meaningful opportunities for their children, whether those opportunities are within the fair trade system or not. At the same time, we’re offering the consumer high-quality products that they can really enjoy. We’ve already met so many shoppers that are excited and passionate about our mission, and we want to share the amazing success stories associated with every item we sell.”
Increasingly, consumers in developed nations are using their buying power to support supply chain accountability and businesses that build opportunities for sustainable development and environmental conservation through responsible trade. Global sales of fair trade goods have grown dramatically over the years, with Fair Trade International’s latest report show a 12% global increase in sales since 2010. Sales in the U.S. alone increased 10% over the past year. The success of the movement is attributed to many things. As collaboration between designers and fair trade producers has continued to grow, a broader range of fair trade products has become available.
The store will carry products from fair trade organizations such as Ten Thousand Villages and SERRV, who work directly with hundreds of small-scale artisans and democratic cooperatives around the world, supplying stores across the country with high quality baskets, dinnerware, decorative scarves, table linens and more.
Perfect for Portland’s artisan lovers, eco and socially conscious consumers and global travelers, Olivewood & Brass will provide Portlander’s with a unique shopping experience to discover artisan products for their home, fashion and everyday lifestyle.
“We hope that our store will introduce people to new fair trade options that they haven’t seen before,” says Owen.
Just in time for the holidays, shoppers can enjoy gifts made from natural and recycled materials that have a meaningful impact. For example,one of a kind holiday ornaments and nativity sets hand-carved from olive wood in the Holy Land, as well as jewelry made from the tagua nut, which promotes conservation of South America’s rainforests. Perfect for the eco-conscious biker, the store has a collection of upcycled messenger bags and purses made from recycled materials, such as tire tubes and women’s saris. Scarves, hats and bags from more traditional materials, like high-quality silk, alpaca wool and organic cotton, are also available.
Jamtown fair trade musical instruments from around the world are featured in the kids’ section to complement the wide collection of eco-friendly wooden games and toys and stuffed animals that are both child-safe and lead free. An assortment of festive gift bags and greeting cards from tree-free, recycled paper are available to accompany your holiday gifts.
Olivewood & Brass, located at 826 NW 23rd, is open daily until 7pm through Christmas, and closed Mondays beginning in the New Year.