What Fair Trade and what is a Fair Trade Wedding Dress?

October 24, 2016

What Fair Trade and what is a Fair Trade Wedding Dress?

We get these questions a lot:

"What is Fair Trade?" and "What is a Fair Trade wedding dress?"

They are good questions and no surprise since Celia Grace is the country's only Fair Trade wedding dress line.

Fair Trade is a global movement to end poverty by giving you the ability to vote with your dollars for the kind of world you want–one where people are paid a living wage, work in safe and fair conditions, and can break the cycle of poverty. Celia Grace is proud to be a member of the Fair Trade Federation. 

In short, a Fair Trade wedding dress is an exquisite gown that is made in a way you'll feel great about.

Below, we've adapted the principles of Fair Trade to Celia Grace and described how they apply to our dresses. We hope this helps explain why our dresses are so special - even what you can't see about them.

Celia Grace is proud to be a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

At Celia Grace, a fair trade wedding dress means…

  • Trade, not aid, that helps those who need it most – women in India and Cambodia who have few options for safe and fair work.
  • Long term relationships & capacity building – partnering with few talented sewing groups and helping them grow.
  • Raise awareness about eco, ethical, and fair trade wedding options for weddings & beyond.
  • Fair wages – dressmakers earn a living wage and get benefits; equal pay for men and women.
  • Safe & Empowering conditions –healthy and safe work conditions free of harassment or forced labor.
  • No child labor – Celia Grace employs only adults and does not allow sub-contracting.
  • Environmental Preservation – Continually working to reduce environmental impacts (starting with eco silks)
  • Celebrate Cultural Heritage – Heirloom silks preserve a traditional art form.


Here is where the Celia Grace Terms and Conditions are