March 17, 2020

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Flattening the curve

Due to the health risk to our families and our community because of the coronavirus we have sadly, but temporarily, closed our brick & mortar stores as of March 17th until further notice. This was a hard decision and we will miss seeing each and every one of you.

All three of our locations plan to use their presence on social media to help you get your fair trade fix during this time.

Gift Certificates: Email your store of choice if you would like to purchase a gift certificate for use when we reopen and we'll set you up!

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Please contact us if you have any questions. We THANK YOU for your support and look forward to the day when we can greet each other again face to face. Please stay safe and healthy
November 14, 2019

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November 01, 2019

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May 13, 2017

Posted in Fredericksburg

December 05, 2016

Posted in Fredericksburg, IndiaTrip, Staunton, Warrenton

All One. All Kin.

This wonderful video is the result of our trip to India with partner Matr Boomie earlier this year. We think it does a beautiful job of capturing the spirit of the artisans and the kinship we felt with our global family.

ALL ONE. ALL KIN. from Matr Boomie on Vimeo.

May 18, 2016

Posted in Fredericksburg, IndiaTrip, Staunton, Warrenton

The Eye Clinic is a success!

Eye Clinic

On March 11-13 of this year, many jewelry artisans and their families benefited from a free eye clinic in New Delhi. This clinic was sponsored by Latitudes Fair Trade stores with funds raised from our generous customers and administered in partnership with fair trade wholesale partner Matr Boomie's non-profit organization, SETU.

These artisans create most of the jewelry pieces for Matr Boomie. The community consists mainly of families who have been practicing this craft for generations. Many artisans are either unaware about the importance of regular health care, or proper eye care is not accessible. As jewelry making requires attention to minute details, regular eye check-ups and proper eye care is essential for maintaining healthy eyes and a sustainable income. 

Health check-upSETU's preparations for the eye check up camp involved liaison and sending notification to health and CMO departments, making and distributing pamphlets and banners, door to door mobilization, informing and motivating various artisans and their families about the camp and its benefits, consulting and hiring doctors and their support staff, hiring opticians for preparing the eyeglasses, and purchasing optical frames and medicines.

Eye ClinicA team of expert ophthalmologists were appointed for the camp. Eye specialists carried out routine eye checkups for the artisans. Participants were given a chance to select the eyeglass frames of their choice and they were quite happy with this, especially the women, who participated in the camp quite enthusiastically!

With a great positive response from the artisans on the first day of the clinic, word spread throughout the community and there was an overwhelming rush in the second and third days of the camp. The camps stretched non-stop till 9:30 pm in the evening!

Terry and Lee with Mr. NasimAbout 238 artisans and their families received free eye exams, medicine, and general health check-ups and consultations. 214 received free eyeglasses. The artisans were most appreciative of the clinic, and to the customers of Latitudes that made it possible. Thank you!

April 11, 2016

Posted in Warrenton

Wear Fair Fashion Show

Mark your calendars for our second annual Wear Fair Fashion Show on Friday, May 13th! The show will start at 7pm at the Warrenton Presbyterian Church Hall at 91 Main Street in Warrenton, VIrginia. 14 models, 26 ways to 'wear fair', raffles, refreshments, artisan videos, and the promise of a really good time! Tickets are available in advance for $4 each at the Warrenton and Fredericksburg store locations, or $5 at the door.

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