Cayley Pater and Andy Ives have been part of the conscious consumerism movement since they first met in Fair Trade Club at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005.
Since then, Cayley’s career has brought her to Europe, the Middle East and South Asia, working with diverse communities for women’s and girls’ empowerment initiatives. Most recently, Cayley ran the ethical fashion label, Darzah, for four years — taking it from initial concept to established wholesale and retail business. Andy has spent his entire professional career in advertising, digital marketing and product development.
During her time in ethical fashion, Cayley noticed the growing number of incredible social enterprises creating beautifully designed products. At the same time, Cayley and Andy continued to encounter a huge problem: discovering amazing ethical brands was no easy task. They saw an opportunity to make exceptionally made, ethically sourced products more easily accessible while also helping social enterprises tell their stories, and increase their impact.
With their passion for quality craftsmanship, supporting artisans, and their commitment to ecological sustainability, Cayley and Andy are on a mission to make Made Trade the ultimate destination for conscious consumers who love design.
We believe we can make the world a more beautiful place, by holding ourselves to a higher ethical standard.
We call it being “ethically elevated.” It means we put artistry above efficiency. Fair wages above profits. Sustainability above mass production. Quality craftsmanship above mindless consumption. And transparency above everything, as we painstakingly hand-select only the most artfully-designed, ethically-made goods that put people and our planet first.
All Made Trade goods adhere to one or more of our values:
Sustainable — made with earth-friendly materials, either responsibly harvested, recycled or upcycled
Fair Trade — handmade by artisans outside the US adhering to fair labor practices
Heritage — crafted by hand using traditional and often centuries-old techniques
USA Made — locally made by makers in the United States
Vegan — free of any and all animal materials
And because there’s nothing uglier than unfairness, hidden practices or trickery, we pledge to provide true transparency about the ethically made goods we offer. So you can shop freely, knowing each piece has been responsibly sourced, and expertly handcrafted with sustainable materials. And that the makers and artisans were paid fair wages.
It’s a lofty vision we hope to achieve. But together we can realize it one beautiful, ethical piece at a time. Thanks for stopping by. We hope you find something you love.