Who We Are

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.

We're not your average brand.

Fair Trade Federation Member

Conventional garment industry standards just don’t cut it. Fair trade is a human-centered system that supports economic and gender equality and continues to put people over profits, a core commitment of ours. As Mata Traders celebrates our 15th year of Fair Trade Federation membership, our small business is proud to celebrate continued growth with our five producer partners, having established communicative and collaborative long term relationships that are at the forefront of our business.

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