A few Fridays ago, Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace ventured off campus to Middleton High School to take part in their fair trade event. The high school students hosted a fair trade product sale at their Performing Arts Center on Friday afternoon,and Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace was one of the invites! Throughout the day it was incredible to tell the stories of our global artisans to a different crowd than we normally see. The students were eager to learn more about our products and loved the colors that we had. They were impressed that our products could be affordable while our business model allows our partners to be paid a fair wage for their products.
Being at a smaller event allowed us to get to know some of our ethical fashion friends a little better too! We managed meet our new friends at Servv on a more personal level which helps to build connections in our community so that we can empower and collaborate at the local level. It was nice to hear about their work connecting the Madison community to so many other countries through their two locations. Some of the other organizations at the event were familiar faces we've seen before in our fair trade circles but hadn't yet connected with. Hearing other people's stories about why they buy and sell fair trade inspires me to work harder for Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace.
I love being a part of an organization that employs empowering practices and collaborates with international partners through the exchange ideas and beautiful jewelry and other accessories. The stories we hear through collaborative efforts are some of the strongest inspirations for our actions.
One of the partnerships that I think makes WWB Marketplace so unique is our relationship with the School of Human Ecology’s Masters of Fine Arts students. Their insights, abilities and talents truly drive our organization forward and keep us current with trends. One of the new insights they provided are the hot new spring colors. By collaborating with our global artisans, the SoHE students developed our new line's orange and turquoise theme. The colors pop in a way that I have never seen in any of our products before.
The brilliant blues and oranges that make up or spring collection will be showcased on our Instagram account in the coming weeks. Keep following us on our social media pages to see the colors, or stop by one of our sales to see the exciting new colors firsthand.