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Author - Amber Solomon

A Proud Member of the Fair Trade Federation

 

We are tremendously proud to be members of the Fair Trade Federation. Our mission is to do better in everything we do. Becoming members of the Fair Trade Federation was a part of that journey. The FTF evaluates businesses against a “360° fair trade” standard – making sure its members’ entire enterprises are committed to being fair and responsible socially, economically and environmentally. We dedicate ourselves to not just following the nine Fair Trade Principles – we live by them.

 

The Fair Trade Federation is a membership organization, not a certifying body. Rather than certifying individual products, businesses must go through a rigorous screening process in order to become members. This screening is a holistic evaluation of GOEX’s fair trade practices.

 

Why are Fair Trade Federation members different from other companies?

Fair trade means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But if we get down to the nitty gritty, it means “better”. Better standards, treatment of employees, pay, working conditions, environmental practices, and customer relations. It is important to distinguish between fair trade certified products and fully committed fair trade companies. Fully committed fair trade companies have built ethical behavior into their DNA. It is part of every decision and process. Companies that sell certified products sometimes source only a small percent on certified terms.

The distinction is great. 

 

What does GOEX’s membership mean?

 

 

Fair Trade Federation members go through rigorous screening evaluating our business sourcing, practices and mission. The FTF calls it 360° fair trade, meaning we’re committed to being fair and responsible in everything we do. 360° fair trade means long-term, holistic partnerships that empower small businesses, entrepreneurs, and artisans. It means they have the resources and encouragement to strengthen their communities and grow their businesses sustainably.

 

How do we qualify?

Our entire business undergoes extensive evaluations to ensure we source all products in compliance with the entirety of FTF’s Code of Practice.  Here are the nine Fair Trade Federation principles:

 

  1. Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
  2. Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships
  3. Build Capacity
  4. Promote Fair Trade
  5. Pay Promptly and Fairly
  6. Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions
  7. Ensure the Rights of Children
  8. Cultivate Environmental Stewardship
  9. Respect Cultural Identity

 

Learn more about the 360° fair trade principles and FTF’s eligibility requirements here.

 

Thank you for doing your part.

Thank you for choosing to care for others and our world through the power of your purchase. We are committed to every person who plays a role in producing your t-shirts, committed to the children and families who benefit from 100% of profit, and committed to providing you with complete transparency and a product you’re proud to wear.

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Fashion That ZOOMS

 

The key to a fabulous first impression is your upper half and we’ve got you covered whether it’s a conference call, a first date, or a virtual happy hour with friends.

 

Here’s some of our favorite looks for video calls:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our eco-friendly cardigans paired with our rib tees made from remnant fabrics are not only incredibly comfortable, they make you look like you’re dressed for the office. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep this one safe from hoodie snatchers because this fleece feels like a hug from an old friend. This super soft weighted fleece inspires you to feel good while getting things done. The snug symmetrical pockets are perfect to hold your phone in between sending emojis in the group chat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video chatting with IT? *Blessed* Stay chill in our Navy ¼ zip fleece with our Amber triblend tee. You can stay comfortable and stylish while waiting for that update to install.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one for the virtual tabletop gaming crowd. Invoke the rule of the cool in the Olive weekender hood. No matter the adventure, you’re ready to roll for initiative. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designed for all day comfort, this charcoal triblend polo is made from the same super-soft, eco-friendly triblend as our best-selling tees with a slightly tapered fit. This staple is great as a basic and perfect for the corporate world. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fashion in the Pandemic Era

 

Our own roaring 20’s

March of 2020 marked the dawn of a new era. A raging storm of uncertainty loomed over the world as we hunkered down at home. We prepared ourselves for two weeks of waiting but were met with a whirlwind of permanent change. We changed how we shopped and worked. The world adapted to the virtual world and learned to bake things from scratch. 

 

Throughout the whirlwind of adapting, we all began to ask ourselves all of those scary existential questions we avoided due to the hustle and bustle of our previous lives. Collectively we began to embark on the terrifyingly wonderful journey of self discovery. Our personal meaning was changing and so did what we wore. 

 

 

Nevertheless, we adapt.

Comfort and leisure became the favored Friday night attire as stilettos and shapewear nestled in for a long winter’s nap. Joggers, tees, and hoodies became our uniform on our quest to find tranquility in life’s simple pleasures. The pandemic provided us a unique opportunity to wear what we wanted in a judgement free space. Online quarantine fashion themed groups sprung up on social media providing us a platform to connect and to be inspired. We were home. We were comfortable but we yearned for pageantry again. We if what we wore really mattered anymore. 

 

 

Does what we wear really matter?

As we safely ease back into the familiar we have solidified, yes, what we wear still matters. Fashion is a reflection of oneself. It is an expression of our individuality.  It is the first impression we give to ourselves and can impact our entire day. In the past, we stressed about how we presented ourselves to others. “Does this outfit make the right impression? Am I trendy?” We have grown beyond wearing what we think the world wants us to wear. We have learned to ask instead, “Does this outfit make me feel good?” 

 

You matter.

Your journey to the person you are now was a bumpy and inspiring ride. We at GOEX want to be there for you while you continue that wonderful path. We want to provide you with accessible, quality garments that you can look good in but more importantly feel good about wearing. Your fashion should reflect the strides you have made as an individual and celebrate your commitment to better. Every stitch is the creation of a fair wage job and a piece of plastic out of the ocean. Every silhouette is hope. Every color, a dream. Be true to yourself by living the lessons we learned in this turbulent era. You have the ability to change lives with an act as simple as putting on a t-shirt. Get dressed. Feel good. Do good. 

 

 

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2021 Fair Trade Federation Virtual Conference and Expo

 

 

 

GOEX Apparel is proud to announce that we will be presenting at the 2021 Fair Trade Federation Virtual Conference and Expo!

 

We are immensely proud to be members of the Fair Trade Federation. With fewer than 200 members worldwide, the Fair Trade Federation’s (FTF) acceptance of GOEX reflects our deep commitment to the highest standards of fair trade and the pursuit of a more just and sustainable world. Behind every product you purchase from any business, there are faces, names, and futures. For GOEX and other Fair Trade Federation members, the heart of our business, our primary goal, is to improve the lives and communities of the people who create our products.

 

The Fair Trade Federation Conference and Expo provides a unique platform to highlight the work of FTF members, verified fair trade enterprises. It is also an important opportunity to come together as a community, share joys and challenges, to be inspired, and to learn.

 

The expo is attended by buyers, employees, owners, and advocates from ethical, conventional, and fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and organizations from the US, Canada, Europe, and more.

 

April 26th-27th GOEX Apparel will be virtually telling our story and sharing our commitment to ethical, sustainable business. During the GOEX session, we will present a showcase to give attendees a sample of our best, newest, and most interesting products and stories. We will cover our impact here in the states as well as in Haiti featuring interviews moderated by our Executive Director, Jessica Ray.

 

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Fair Is Fair: Ensuring Prosperity

 

Comfortable, sustainable apparel is wonderful and our mission is even better. The fact remains true:  we’re a nonprofit organization. After costs to sustainably produce premium eco-friendly apparel and provide livable wage jobs, all GOEX profit — every bit of it — goes to fund projects set in motion by The Global Orphan Project. The Global Orphan Project exists to break the orphan cycle and one of the biggest contributors to the orphan cycle is poverty. That’s where we come in! We exist to create and sustain fair wage jobs that empower employees to care for their families. On average, one of our workers earning a fair wage supports six family members. GOEX exists to improve the lives of the workers and the communities we touch and one way we’re making good on that promise by providing fair wages to our workers in Kansas City and Haiti.

 

To provide fair wages, you must start with open, transparent conversation. GOEX management has spent countless hours with our team to help analyze costs, employment and tax law, and production benchmarks. We work together to take a long hard look at our mission model. Transparency means we can take pride in our product from seed to stitch. Which is why we have an open door policy at our facilities. We want to cultivate a relationship between you the customer and our mission based on consistent openness and respect. When conflict arises, we work together to listen and solve proving that commerce and compassion can coexist. Better business for a better world. 

 

When you make the commitment to ensure that your workplace has an empowering environment you are doing more than running a business. You are nurturing a place of growth, sustainability, and progress. Those who work hard should always have the means to lift themselves up. Fair wages are directly linked to a reduction in crime, utilization of social social services, and have a significant impact on the economy. By providing the means to eliminate the stresses of uncertainty we can create better, sustainable fashion and make an impact. Providing fair wages isn’t about PR or soliciting brownie points so you’ll buy more shirts from us. It’s about doing what’s right. It’s about contributing to a cleaner, healthier world. It’s about feeling good AND doing good.  

 

You have the ability to change lives through a simple purchase decision. Perhaps most importantly, your partnership sets an example in the marketplace that ethical commerce can affect systemic bottom-up change through the dignity of work. Together we can make an impact. A better shirt for a better world? Let’s do this!

 

 

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A Beautiful Day For A Neighbor

By Amber Solomon, GOEX Market Advocate

 

 

March 20th is Fred Rogers’ birthday. Fred McFeely Rogers was an author, minister, producer, and host of one of the most proud yet simple American television shows, Mister Rogers. Mister Rogers, the man, changed not only American television but the way we approach children and learning. An advocate for humanity and kindness, he revolutionized how we process information and adhere to emotional needs. His influence impacts us daily. When you hear the iconic diddle of the bells you can’t help but sing, “..please won’t you be my neighbor.”

 

Portrait of American educator and television personality Fred Rogers of the television series "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," circa 1980s. Photo by Fotos International/Courtesy of Getty Images

Photo by Fotos International/Courtesy of Getty Images

One way Mister Rogers has influenced GOEX is in the way he celebrates the integrity and dignity of all professions, from factory workers to astronauts, and his neighbors were effortlessly diverse. No check boxes to tick off, no quota to fill, only unchallenged goodness. To honor Fred Rogers and his incredible legacy, we celebrate Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day not just today but every day. We believe Commerce and Kindness can coexist. At GOEX we don’t aspire to be the best or preferred t-shirt company of the world. Our purpose is compassion – to be neighborly to everyone who touches a garment. 

 

How You Can Celebrate Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day: 

  • Wear your favorite sweater or cardigan
  • Speak softly to a neighbor
  • Listen to a friend
  • Practice patience even though it ‘s hard
  • Sing
  • Watch an episode of Mister Rogers or Daniel Tiger
  • Be mindful and appreciate everything
  • Talk to your family about managing emotions, prejudice, and acceptance

 

 

Remember kindness. Share your care. Feel good. Do good. Won’t you be our neighbor? 

 

 

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Celebrate Your Spring Style

Wondering what’s new at GOEX and what staples you should be filling your closet with this spring? Our development team analyzed color trends, created new silhouettes and perfected our garment assortment. Check out our Spring 2021 Trend Report – color and garments edition below.

 

GARMENT TRENDS

This season is all about innovation. As many of us venture into the unknown we will do so in inventive, outspoken style. We have so many new pieces releasing this season that are perfect for the job. Flex in one of our outspoken tees, look sharp in a smart triblend polo or build a whole look with our ribbed cardigans over a drop hem tee. 

 

Overall, I’m just really excited about all of the color for spring. We’ve added some really fun pops across all of our styles that will really brighten up your wardrobe. My personal favorite garment is our drop hem tee in Rose. It’s a really comfy silhouette that feels a little more special than your basic tee, and it is really flattering on every body type!” says Product Manager and Design Expert Meghann Wheelock. 

 

 

This year, we’re adding a Grass Green Triblend Tee, a Bubblegum and Marigold Cotton Tee, an Olive polo, and a Drop Hem Tee in Blush, Amber, Olive, and Charcoal. No matter what GOEX pieces you pair together, we know they will make you feel good AND do good for the makers too.

 

 

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Happy International Women’s Day

By Amber Solomon, GOEX Market Advocate

 

 

 

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.

 

As members of the Fair Trade Federation, GOEX advocates for women’s rights, equality, and gender justice. We celebrate women who create opportunities, overcome barriers, support communities, and set an example. “The day serves as a reminder both of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go in creating true equality, especially in the developing world. It also reminds me of what employment really means to women around the world who work for GOEX as well as other fair trade or ethical brands. A job means freedom and opportunity – the work we do to support families, especially single moms, is critical,” says GOEX Executive Director, Jessica Ray. 

 

Today, the women of GOEX are celebrating by reflecting on what it means to woman up and advocate for equality in the 21st century. For Product Manager Meghann Wheelock, the message of International Women’s Day is, “Recognition and celebration of the unique challenges women face in our day to day lives and the incredible things we have and can accomplish.” This celebration is also actively being passed on to the next generation. She plans to celebrate, “By reading my daughter’s favorite book “ABC What Can She Be” with her. It’s got some really great representation and inspiration for the future!”

 

Market Advocate, Amber Solomon, believes that International Women’s Day is a day of inspiration and an encouraging reminder to keep going. “For me, completely dedicating a day to the trials and triumphs of women is a great reason to reflect AND to get inspired! It feels wonderful to think we’ve come this far and I am ready to empower those around me to go even further. There’s no limit to what we can achieve.” 

 

International Women’s Day is about togetherness. It’s about feeling good and doing good at home and in the workplace. “I think a woman’s ability to make connections in the workplace is a huge asset. For me, being able to build balanced relationships in the workplace is something I pride myself on. Having a sense of respect and appreciation for my team members allows me to lead in a way that I admire,” says General Manager of Life S.A Haiti, Ariane Manuel. “I will celebrate by spreading awareness on what this day actually means and honoring our female team members for all of their hard work. It does not go unnoticed.”

 

Here are ways you can celebrate with us:

  • Reflect on women’s equality and achievements
  • Fundraise for a local female focused nonprofit
  • Watch films directed by women
  • Call your mother/sister/aunt/friend
  • Say thank you

 

 

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Innovate. Create. Print.

By Amber Solomon

 

Wondering what’s new at GOEX and what staples you should be filling your closet with this spring? Our development team analyzed color trends, created new silhouettes and perfected our garment assortment. We are continuing our discussion of innovation, creativity, and how to express it. This season is all about embracing the new, being bold, and inventive.  

 

Here’s what our experts had to say about this season’s graphic trends:

“My favorite spring graphic trend is the unique placements trend. I’ve seen a lot of really cool placements that feel fresh and can be applied across a variety of graphics. I really want to find a cute text graphic that follows the neckline of a shirt.”

-Meghann Wheelock, Product Manager and Design Expert

 

“My favorite spring trend is the tonal graphics. I think tonal graphics are a way to make a shirt creative yet still subtle enough that it could be worn every day. I am always on the hunt for graphic tees, but I like them to be subtle. On the other hand, I am also loving the bright lilac color that is popular right now. I would love to print more shirts with that ink color as well as find something for my personal wardrobe that is lilac!”

-Kenna Russell, Graphic Artist

 

Follow any one of the trends below and get inspiration for your next t-shirt or fleece design. 

 

Refine and Define Statements

Say it loud for the people in the back! Definitions straight out of Merriam-Webster and socially conscious statements allow you to be outspoken with a clearly, spelled-out message. Creating a simple t-shirt with a word, phrase, or design that expresses your mission and purpose can make an impact.

 

 

90’s vibes

Remember when MTV played music videos? Pay homage to one of the best decades with neon colors, vapor waves, geometric shapes. 

 

 

The Positive Side of Negative Space

Many artists are moving their creations off Instagram and onto shirts! They select work that’s been a fan-favorite on social media and translate that into a printable apparel design.

 

 

Shine On

Gold, foil, glitter inks! Oh my! Life’s too precious to be muted. Shine one with a message that sparkles and uplifts.  

 

 

Color Outside The Lines

Nature is fluid and outstanding. Make your mark with a bold geometric and vibrantly colored print. 

 

 

86 The Grey Areas

 

Some statements don’t need grey areas. Better your standard with a classic design fearlessly reimagined. 

 

 

Think Outside The Box

Your message is unique. Brand it with unique placements. Think outside the box. 

 

 

Be Natural

Nature is all around us and we do our best to give back. Give back to nature with nature design on an eco friendly tee.

 

Rainbows

Rainbows evoke joy, hope, and wonder, making them the perfect image for almost any type of apparel. Add text and choose your own color palette to make a unique design that anyone would be happy to wear.

 

 

Tiny text 

Sometimes, less is more. Create a minimally aesthetic t-shirt design featuring tiny text.

 

 

Retro typography

Get groovy and throw it back to the 60’s and 70’s by designing a funky tee with retro fonts in psychedelic colors like lilac, yellows and pinks.

 

 

Chaotic and Handwritten Typography

 

Anything can happen! Add a little fluidity to your look with warped design or twisted type. Hand-drawn letterforms can have a range of different moods, so it can be funky, retro, bold, or delicate. The flexibility you have when you draw your own lettering makes it a great choice for almost any t-shirt you’re designing. 

 

 

 

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Can You Spare A Rib?

By Amber Solomon, GOEX Market Advocate

 

We create styles from piles. 

One of our goals for 2021 is to continue to grow sustainability efforts. One way we’re doing this is with our collection of rib garments. Rib is the fabric around the neck of a t-shirt – it’s knit a little differently than the body of the tee to make it stretchy. As we produce t-shirts, we collect remnants of the rib trim fabric over time. In many factories, that scrap fabric would end up in landfills but not in ours. We’ve developed a collection of garments utilizing this remnant rib fabric – all of them are limited runs because they’re created from whatever we have on hand. Those created from triblend rib actually divert waste from landfills twice – first the plastic bottles used in the fabric and then the rib fabric again when we use the remnants – it doesn’t get more sustainable than that! 

 

Because rib is stretchier than jersey, it’s also more prone to shrinking. All rib garments should be washed on cold and hung or laid flat to dry.

 

 

Here are the garments currently available in rib.

Ladies Racerback Tanks in Premium Cotton & Standard Cotton

**Available for wholesale purchase only**

 

 

Ladies Rib Cardigans in Triblend

 

Ladies Rib Tees in Triblend and Premium Cotton

 

 

Coming soon! GOEX Beanies made from the heavier weight rib used on our fleece collection. Until then you can make your own from our remnant fabric. Download the pattern here. 

 

 

Our continued efforts to do good is what differentiates us from most apparel companies. Over the past decade, our core story has remained the same – we exist to create and sustain fair wage jobs that empower employees to care for their families and to make the planet a healthier place for the next generation. You have the ability to change lives through a simple purchase decision. Perhaps most importantly, your partnership sets an example in the marketplace that ethical commerce can affect systemic change through the dignity of work. When you choose a GOEX rib garment you’re diverting waste, creating fair wage jobs and you’ll look & feel great!

 

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