This collaboration of Fair Trade organizations brought us our first Fair Trade Friday baseball cap. GOEX + TOPIKU partnered to bring you this hat that is created from upcycled and recycled waste materials. Adorned with a design exclusively for Fair Trade Friday members, this classic hat will be one you wear all year long.
+ Made in Indonesia + USA
+ Adjustable cap
+ World emblem stitched on the front
+ This hat provided 150 hours of dignified work
Lina is married to Mesi, the lead artisan at TOPIKU. She is known as the "chief organizer" of the group. Lina, a housewife, and mother, is an integral part of the production process. She prepares all the material, organizes all of the orders, and has a delicate eye for quality control. Lina ensures Mesi's team stays on schedule and doesn't miss a detail -- all while making sure she has enough time to play with her children.
GOEX is a Fair Trade apparel company creating livable wage jobs that empower artisans. GOEX produces garments in Haiti and screenprints in Kansas City. The organization looks for collaboration opportunities with other makers who share their values and produce complementary products. After a long search for a partner that manufactured hats, GOEX was excited to find Topiku and hopes this is the first of many collaborations to come. TOPIKU means "my hat" in Indonesian. Their hats are
handcrafted from upcycled and recycled waste materials that would otherwise add to
Indonesia’s ever-growing problem of waste management. Buckets are salvaged and recycled into the hat brims. Leather scraps are collected from local businesses
and recut into patches and straps. Fabrics are upcycled directly from garment manufacturers' leftover or deadstock textiles. The hats’ inserts and tabs are made from discarded beverage cartons and recycled aluminum. TOPIKU shares GOEX's mission of caring for the worker by collaborating with local home industries in the village of Cigondewah in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Home industries allow artisans to work from their own homes or community sewing centers and provide them a platform to share their crafts. They offer both men and women equitable work opportunities and pay them a livable wage of almost double the local minimum wage. This order provided fourteen artisans with approximately 150 hours of dignified work.