In the fair trade industry, there is a constant push and pull between customers and companies. Customers want to believe they are engaging in a conscious form of capitalism, where they are heroes voting with their dollars and supporting small businesses and artists, artisans, and makers who might not otherwise succeed without their help. Companies want to encourage this point of view so they can maximize profits. But what about the makers themselves? They are the human beings who are actually creating and producing the products. Perhaps you follow some fair trade companies on social media and you see them…


Nothing is truly timeless. Fashion is cyclical. Trends come back constantly, and while no one is actively trying to bring back the enormous poofy sleeves of the mid-1890s, poofy sleeves still reappear from time to time in various degrees of volume. Fashion is always evolving and changing while borrowing from what came before because there is no such thing as a truly original idea. The joy of it in the 21st century is in getting to sample all the styles that have come before and pick and choose whatever best expresses the wearer.

In the mid- to late-2010s we saw…


Tipping in the US is, by and large, an outdated practice. When you think about the inherent power imbalance that such a practice automatically creates between customer and server, it should be no surprise that tipping originates in medieval serfdom in Europe and in the post-Civil War era in the US, where former slaves had no other option but to work for tips. It was created as a way to keep the poorest and most underprivileged members of society oppressed and unable to create better lives for themselves, while the white people who employed them could legally pay them nothing…


Blue Poles, Pollock, 1952

Have you ever wondered why art you think your toddler could make sells for millions of dollars?

If so, then this article is for you. In essence, there are two big reasons: historical context and money laundering. I’ll focus on the history here, specifically of what is known as Western art history, meaning Western Europe and the US.

Prior to the late 19th and 20th centuries, art and artistic expression had fairly defined limitations. Most working artists painted religious pieces for religious institutions because that was where the money was. Many were also employed by extremely wealthy patrons to create…

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