It's been awhile since I've done a weekly wants post. Probably because I've been avoiding shopping for myself, instead saving all my money for baby stuff. Don't be fooled, though…I've had my eye on plenty of things! I read a couple of articles around Earth month that got me focused on where my clothes actually come from, so sustainable fashion has been a recent theme in my online shopping escapades.
My latest obsession is this Cuomba Shoulder Tote from Rising Tide Fair Trade. I love the beautiful hand-stitching and thoughtfully-designed accents. The protozoa pattern is printed on wax cloth that, in my experience, resists stains like the food that Some Boy keeps chucking in the general direction of my clothes. The soft braided straps are made of real leather, and it's accented with an antique bronze buckle detail and bronze studs.
I also like that it has a zippered space and extra pockets inside for keys, cell phone, etc. I've noticed an annoying trend in shoulder bags lately where they tend to just have one big giant space with no compartments. Maybe it's just the control freak in me, but I like compartments.
The best thing about bags from Rising Tide Fair Trade is that they're hand stitched by female artisans in developing countries who are actually paid a fair wage for their work! They're even able to work from home so they can have time to care for their families. All Rising Tide Fair Trade products are FairTrade Federation certified and Green America approved, so I can tote around my beautiful bag without questioning its origins. Nothing like a guilt-free fashion conscience.
For more information about this incredible company, visit www.rtfairtrade.com. Want to score some sustainable fashion for yourself? Enter code “someday20” in the Promo Code field at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase from Rising Tide Fair Trade (valid through May 25th, 2012).
This post is sponsored by Rising Tide Fair Trade. All opinions are my own.