Who are we?
The idea for Accessory Fair was conceived in 2005 by Colin Timperley after he tried, unsuccessfully, to buy some ethical gifts for his family. The problem he found was that most of the ethical bags and accessories for sale were not the High Street style that his family members would like, or they were very expensive when compared to similar items sold on the High Street.
Colin, therefore, set himself the task of finding bags and accessories for women that were fashionable, fair trade and could be bought without breaking the bank – a fair trade alternative to the ones found in the local shopping centre.
After speaking to friends and family, he discovered that other people wanted a similar thing, and so, in 2006, the company was formed, selling a small selection of bags and scarves. Initially this was a part time hobby on eBay, however it quickly became Colin’s full time job and the company has subsequently grown into what you see today, with the aim of being the best place to go on the web for bags, accessories and jewellery that are stylish, high quality, great value for money and fair trade.
Our mission at Accessory Fair is to bring you "Style with a Conscience".
Why Fair Trade?
At Accessory Fair we are passionate about what we do, and we believe that, in our own small way, we can help to make the world a better place – and so can our customers. This is because buying fair trade guarantees that the people who make our goods in developing countries receive at least a living wage and have minimum standards in which to work.
Whilst this, in itself, is an admirable motivation for buying fair trade – for the majority of people, value for money is still a very important factor when choosing what products to buy. After all, very few of us in this country have money to burn!
Fair trade products are often handmade by highly experienced craftsmen, using high quality materials and environmentally friendly production methods – and as you will see from our website, they are sold at very competitive prices. Fair trade products are, therefore, frequently much better all-round value for money when compared to similar goods you find on the High Street.
Who are our Suppliers?
At Accessory Fair, we work with a small number of respected fair trade importers and carefully select the right products at the right price for our customers. All of our suppliers are registered with the British Association for Fair Trade Shops & Suppliers (BAFTS), so you can be sure that all the goods we sell conform to internationally recognised fair trade standards. Our current suppliers are listed at the bottom of this page.
What are our values?
As a fair trade company it is very important to us that we run our own business in an ethical manner.
We always treat our customers and suppliers with honesty and respect, and aim to be transparent in everything we do – and as a result it seems that most people want do business with us again! We are proud that Accessory Fair has been approved as a member of BAFTS.
In addition, as a growing business we are very aware of the responsibility we have to minimise our impact on the environment, for example the mailing sacks used by Accessory Fair are made from biodegradable polythene film, and we only ever use recycled paper.
Want to know more?
We hope this brief introduction has given you a feel for Accessory Fair as a company, however if you would like any more information, or you are interested in becoming one of our suppliers, then please get in touch with us via our Contact Us page. We’d love to hear from you.