Woven with Intention
MZ Made celebrates the weaving traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico. For over a decade they have worked in true partnership with artisan communities, led by the ethos of slow fashion. Your purchase connects you to real people and their incredible artistry. Expertly handcrafted from start to finish, every thread has a story. Founded in 2009, MZ Made is a B Corp Certified, women-owned and run brand that partners with indigenous Zapotec designers + artisans from Oaxaca, Mexico. MZ Made’s work as a brand showcases incredible artistry, nurtures lasting relationships and alway embody the principles of fair trade and the slow fashion movement.
Why Choose MZ Made?
B Corp Certification is a designation that a business is meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency. MZ Made is a part of a family of brands across the globe that demonstrate high social and environmental performance by achieving a B Impact Assessment score of 80 or above and passing B Corp’s rigorous risk review. They are proud to be recognized in this way, and to be a part of a movement that believes that commerce can – and should- act as a force for good.
Why Fair Trade?
Fair trade means that producers in developing countries are getting a fair wage for their work. It is an approach to international development and business based on dialogue, transparency, and respect between farmers or artisans and those who sell their products in the first world. Fair trade businesses, which are accredited by various bodies and backed by conscious consumers, work to raise awareness and campaign for changes in conventional international trade.
More than just a trade partnership, fair trade addresses the hurdles that many producers face, offers support during production, and seeks to find consumers for their goods, so that it is the craftsperson or coffee farmer who truly benefits from the sale. Fair trade products can be more expensive than their conventional counterparts because of the fair wage given to the producer, and it takes discerning consumers to make fair trade a working model.
In addition to being B Corp certified, MZ Made is accredited by the Fair Trade Federation and it is our goal that through sharing Zapotec textiles with a wider market using fair trade business practices, we can help make weaving a more viable livelihood for our artisan partners.
TRADE AS A FORCE FOR POSITIVE CHANGE
We value trading relationships that distribute power, risks and rewards more equitably. We believe that trade should be used as a tool to help alleviate poverty, reduce inequality, and create opportunities for people to help themselves. Trade should promote fair compensation, safe and healthy conditions, direct and long-term relationships, transparent business practices, and workplaces free from discrimination and forced child labor. When trade encompasses these practices, the lives of all people and their communities improve.
MZ Made has nourished respectful + transparent partnerships for over a decade. They celebrate the contribution and value of all people in the supply chain and recognize the dignity of each person and organization in their interactions and relationships. They believe that people have a right to participate in the decisions that affect their lives based on open sharing of information.
MZ Made values communities grounded in trust, moral support, cooperation, and a sense of belonging, making them stronger individually and as a whole. They value the global fair trade movement, recognizing that they are intrinsically interdependent, and believe that their unified voices convey a powerful message.
MZ Made values continuous improvement and application of economic, social, cultural, and environmentally sustainable practices. They embrace the United Nations’ definition of sustainability “to meet the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
MZ MADE believes that credibility comes from demonstrating, through open and transparent interactions, the promises they make. They have a responsibility to maintain the highest standards and expectations of themselves; and, they value organizations that aspire to fully embrace fair trade principles.
MZ MADE values the impact that comes from empowering consumers with knowledge. We believe that when people understand that trade can be a force for positive change they will use their purchasing power to improve the lives of people and communities.