When Green & Black’s founder Jo Fairley visited Shakti Man in Ramsey, she called it ‘The nicest fair trade shop in the British Isles’ and said, ‘I wish it was on my doorstep’.
Now, thanks to the launch of its first ever website, Shakti Man is not only on all our doorsteps, but also at the fingertips of people across the globe. As one of Britain’s biggest fair trade shops, Shakti Man is already a key player nationwide. Now the retailer is set to build on that reputation internationally.
‘This website will help to put the Isle of Man on the fair trade map,’ said Shakti Man’s owner Leni Lewis. ‘We stock an incredibly diverse range of products, from fashion to furnishings – and now food too. It’s actually very rare to have this level of ethical choice in one location, which is why we want to open our doors to a wider audience.’
The website is also a way of sharing the stories behind the products Shakti Man sells – stories of lives being transformed in some of the poorest areas of the world.
Leni said, ‘Each product description on the website will have a box saying “Why we love it”, which people can read if they’d like to find out more. Fair trade products are typically handcrafted – some are even signed by the people who made them – so you get a real sense of connection, especially knowing that the beautiful thing you’re buying is making beautiful things happen in someone else ’s life.’
The website will be constantly updated with new lines and seasonal products. Right now it’s packed with gorgeous winter fashion, homewares and Christmas gifts that really do mean goodwill all round – check them out at www.shaktiman.co.uk, or for the full range of festive fabulousness call into Shakti Man in Ramsey.
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