Since the fall of 2007, Lucia’s World Friendly Boutiques has been the premier Fair Trade store in Lexington, KY. We are located at 523 E. High St. in the historic Woodland Triangle shopping district, near Woodland Park, host of the famous Woodland Park Arts and Craft Fair.
Having a retail store front helps us connect to and help more artisans from around the world. Lucia’s World Friendly Boutique highlights our Guatemalan purses and accessories, hand beaded jewelry and folk art. We also carry an eclectic array of ethically produced jewelry, accessories, gifts and artwork from around the world.
In our efforts to help preserve the environment, Lucia’s World Friendly has introduced Lexington to environmental friendly products as well. We carry recycled paper and glass jewelry, decorative gifts made from recycled oil drums, newspaper, glass and metals and purses made from magazines and vintage textiles. We have a full line of alternative shopping totes.
Our “Sister” – Lucia’s Imports
Lucia’s Imports L.L.C established in 2005, works under Fair Trade guidelines and partner with Guatemalan families, artisans groups and cooperatives to produce and develop a wholesale market for their quality designed accessories and handicrafts.
Working directly with the Guatemalan artisan improves their economic well being and allows them to earn a living wage. Around the world, most artisans have little opportunity or experience to market their products. We work side by side with the artisans to design products that are not only rich in tradition but fashionable, modern and functional.
Our hand beaded glass jewelry is made by artisan groups on Lake Atitlan utilizing their traditional weaving skills and modern design rich in beauty and color. Most recently, we are working with artisans to preserve the ancient tradition of Mayan weaving and the new tradition of Recycling, Reusing and Renewing.
Our eco-friendly purses, coin bags and accessories combine vintage embroidery and weaving’s from the Mayan women’s hupiles and cortes (traditional poncho style blouses and skirts made by the Mayan women) with modern fashion.
Through our all our efforts, we work under the principles of Fair Trade and we hope to raise social consciousness of the beauty of the Guatemalan’s art and their culture and to help make a difference in the artisan’s lives. We believe we can make this difference one purchase at a time.
Teresa & Eduardo