Glen Ridge Eco-Fair, Montclair

Posted: Nov 07 2013


Marlandia took a road trip today with Theresa Vandermeer from Work + Shelter and Nimet Degirmencioglu from NYC Fair Trade Coalition. We braved flash flooding in a tiny, packed fiat and fueled up at the Fine Grind coffee house to bring our sustainable fashion wares to the suburbs. It was fun to watch an extended family of locals and families meet, to see fathers buying presents for mothers day, mothers buying presents for daughters, and to be part of New Jersey for an afternoon. Just minutes after the festival ended, the sky cracked open and we were lucky to escape intact.

Retalhos Cariocas’ new bags were a hit, and I was especially happy to sell a few pairs of Cano Longo sandals to a Brazilian customer from the region of Paraná, one for her mother and one for her daughter. The best highlight of all though was watching the local police officer, who’s mother-in-law was the councilwoman and organizer of the festival, buy a surprise present for his wife at Nimet’s table. Pictures below!


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