From small beginnings in 2007, York Scarves has grown into a thriving BAFTS registered fair trade UK enterprise which specialises in the weaving and supply of wholesale scarves, pashminas and shawls from India and Thailand. York Scarves is now one of the UK's premeier wholesale scarf suppliers. Our diverse range of wholesale scarves and wholesale pashminas is always up to date, guaranteed to add texture and colour to any display and will fit well into a variety of retail environments. Probably our single most successful product is our plain pashmina scarf which is the perfect wedding shawl. Scarves have really come out of the closet in recent years, so to speak, and are the perfect fashion accessory whatever the season, though come the cooler festive season they really come into their own. Although most of our products are ladies scarves we do sell a few mens scarves and our Tartan scarf collection is great for men and women.
York Scarves spends time each year in India with our weavers working on designs for the coming season and through our hands on style of business we know our scarves are fair trade in the true sense of the word. In 2012 York Scarves was accepted as a member of BAFTS, the British Association For Fair Trade Shops, as a recognised UK fair trade importer of scarves.
As a specialist UK scarf wholesaler we understand the nature of our business and are able to adapt quickly to the changing needs of our clients.
We supply all orders direct from our substantial UK stocks with no minimum order.
One of the guiding principles of York Scarves when it started was to wholesale fashionable fair-trade scarves that did not cost the earth. We wanted to prove that quality was not a forgotten word. Thankfully with the help of our weavers in India we have managed to keep our focus and move from strength to strength and as a BAFTS registered fair trade importer you are safe in the knowledge that our scarves are ethically sourced.
Our range is both diverse and inspired. We only choose the best quality yarns and this is reflected in the feel and drape of our products. If you are looking for a silk scarf our Thai Silk Scarves are a great option.We do not aim to sell the chepaest scarves in the UK but we do aim to offer an excellent product at a realistic price, and the amount of repeat business we do bears testament to this. As a family business we understand that customer service makes or breaks a business and we put a lot of effort into providing the best and fairest service we can. There is no minimum order quantity, nothing comes in packaged quantities and deliveries are generally dispatched within 24hrs. It is York Scarves attention to detail in both it's products and its treatment of its clients which has sustained its continued growth. So if you are looking for a fair trade wholesale supplier of scarves you are in the right place.
We sincerely hope you enjoy looking through our new online wholesale scarf shop and look forward to serving you in the future.
As a member of BAFTS we are strong proponents of fair trade in all it’s many dimensions. Many of you will have heard of the WFTO, (World Fair Trade Organisation) and this global organisation have laid out what they consider the 10 main principles of fair trade which we have summarised for you here.
I’m sure we all want a fairer world where people are justly rewarded for their efforts, wherever they are, and this is at the heart of the concept of fair trade. One of the leading lights on the international stage of fair trade is the “World Fair Trade Organisation” (WFTO), which is a global community and verifier of social enterprises.
The WFTO has established a set of 10 guiding principles of fair trade to help people understand what is needed and expected to achieve true justice in trade.
The principles as laid out by the WFTO are as follows….
1 Creating opportunities for the economically disadvantaged by treating marginalised small-scale producers fairly and honestly.
2 Total transparency and accountability at all levels to ensure everyone in the chain has a full understanding of how they fit into the fair-trade ecosystem.
3 Fair trading practises are one of the keys to success and growth. Advance payments should always be made for orders and if funds are leant for capital investment, then no interest should be charged.
4 Of course, “fair payment” is the principle that allows the producers and suppliers to put food on their table and a roof over their head. A local living wage should be the minimum that all workers receive.
5 To ensure there is no forced labour or child labour that contravenes national/local laws.
6 The principle stipulates a commitment to non-discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, age or political affiliation.
7 The provision of a safe and healthy working environment that complies with, at the minimum, local laws.
8 Buyers aim to help providing capacity building for their suppliers.
9 Everyone in the fair-trade loop should be doing their best to promote fair trade and its’ benefits. This can be through trade shows, forums, social media, promotions or simply word of mouth.
10 Let’s face it, without an environment we have nothing so respect for our environment is an integral principle of fair trade. For regions of the world without adequate infrastructure this can be a challenge but ultimately it is essential to their survival.
This is a brief overview to give you a taste of how you can strive to make the world a better place. Small, disadvantaged producers all over the world are struggling and will continue to struggle without our help.
If you want to read the full WFTO doc about the 10 principles of fair trade just follow this link ……………………