Change Merchants is an ethical business which supports fair trade producers and artisans. Fair Trade is a commercial movement which aims to pay ‘living’ wages to communities and people who are disadvantaged, so they can take control of their own incomes and livelihoods. For example, some of our silver jewellery is made by artisans with a disability (and a lot of talent!).
All products are extremely well made, high quality and have artistic flair. They are not mass produced, they are little pieces of art. When you purchase a product from Change Merchants, it’s not obvious that it’s ‘Fair Trade’, but for those who care to look further, and care about the origin of their purchases, they will feel good about the purchase. They will also be prepared to pay a little more. All packaging and practices are also as kind to our planet as possible. For example, our jewellery boxes are made from 100% recycled materials, so they have a ‘natural’ look, but are also beautifully presented with handmade ribbon.
I like the art nouveau style, that shows beautiful and natural lines, but is also stylised and simplistic. Images of natural things such as flowers, trees, leaves, etc could work well and be incorporated, but the element of style and luxury must remain.