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photo by Chris Barbalis A few weeks ago, we asked our fans what they want to know about refugees. They responded with some great questions and our Associates were gracious enough to open up honestly about their experiences. This is the first post in a series of insights...

By: Stephanie Giddens I’ve learned countless lessons during this first year of launching VTC. I never knew a learning curve could be so steep! I tell people on a regular basis that I don’t know how to do most of the things I do every day....

By: Lily Anderson One of our taglines here at Vickery Trading Company is “sewing hope.” Sewing hope represents one of our founding principles and how our work is about more than just dresses. We sew hope everyday by helping our associates excel both in dressmaking and their...

Here at Vickery Trading Company, we love ethical fashion. We believe knowing who makes what we wear matters. Personally, I sometimes struggle justifying spending money on new clothes, but by shopping with ethical brands I know exactly where my money is going and love the...

For 25 years, driving through Vickery Meadows was just a short cut to the mall. During my frequent trips I made certain that my doors were locked and windows rolled up. Like a horse with blinders, I kept my eyes straight ahead and ignored what...

I once read the words on the side of a juice bottle, "Shake well, separation is natural". I don’t normally make it a habit to stop and read labels, but that particular day these words seemed to jump out at me. Maybe it was the...

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 sat down with the Associates intending to talk to them about Mother’s Day. How they celebrate in America. How they celebrated in their home countries. How being mothers affected their decision to come to America as refugees. What it was like living with their mothers-in-law...

Texas is finally experiencing Spring after much teasing weather. With it, the flowers are coming. Bluebonnets dot the roads, and we are loving it. To celebrate Spring and Cinco de Mayo, we taught the Associates how to make a much-loved craft: tissue paper flowers! It sure was a...

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...

Easter is almost here! At Vickery Trading Company, we love sharing our diverse holidays. One of our favorite ways to do this is by experiencing each culture's traditions. So, we've learned belly dancing, played with  henna, and eaten more delicacies than you could count. With...

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...

After scouring the Vickery Trading Company website, I was struck by the idea of an Associate, Forat, sewing a bikini. A bikini?!?! Forat. With the head covering?!?! Forat. Huh. When I mentioned it to Stephanie, she suggested I talk to the women about their head...

At Vickery Trading Company, each of our dresses is named after a real-life refugee. We know so many amazing women, so we choose to honor one of them each time we release a new dress. When we saw the fun, twirly skirt, we knew we...

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...

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