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When she was 12 years old and living in Iraq, Zainab’s aunt, who lived in Manhattan, Kansas, mailed her a family picture. Zainab would stare at the picture for hours. She would shut her eyes and picture herself standing in the backyard garden with the...

I’ve always been semi-fashionable. Maybe not the most trendy, but at least well put together. More than having name brands, though, I’ve always been more interested in finding a deal. Anytime I would get a compliment on my outfit, I’d tell the person how much...

Until I began volunteering at Vickery Trading Company, I had never heard the term ethical fashion. In an attempt to educate myself, I watched The True Cost, read Overdressed, and browsed the DressWellDoGood site. After a little research, I was MOTIVATED, and a little horrified. I swore...

I remember the first day we went to see the office. From the carpet to the walls, everything was dark and stained. It had this lovely musty smell that really would inspire you to say, “This is going to be my new home."  I stood there while...

When I started working on VTC, I didn’t know what ethical fashion was. And honestly, I didn’t care. I knew that I didn’t want to run a “sweatshop” - although I didn’t really know what that meant. I also knew I wanted women to earn...

I’ll never forget the morning my husband Brad called me from the Kigali airport to tell me something was wrong. My 1-yr old son Hutch was napping and I was in the living room packing. A shipping container was coming in three days to move...