Article in the newspaper the advantage by Maurice Gagnon June 19, 2009
Vincent Bouchard and his wife Anna Maria Bibbo, fan of fair trade, opened ten years ago the shop Nomade in Sainte-Luce-sur-Mer. And for two years, Nomade also storefront at 96, Saint-Germain West to the delight of a clientele who discover jewelry, clothing for adults and children, accessories, home decor, bags, etc. from around the world.
"As the Sainte-Luce business was seasonal and a good part of our clientele wanted to have access to our products all year round," says Vincent Bouchard, "we opened a second downtown outlet in the spring of 2007. and the answer was most positive. "
"We fell in love with this place," Vincent adds. It was a little antique with brick and hardwood and we wanted to be downtown because here it is very animated. It's dynamic, there are many activities and we are on the circuit of people who walk in the summer, causing a very good traffic. The City Center Foundation has done a wonderful job of revitalizing the downtown core; the environment is great and the atmosphere superb. It's awesome. "
Focused on Fair Trade
But talking about the shop Nomade is also about fair trade, because its owners have been selling the idea for a long time. Also, Vincent Bouchard is quick to tell us that the products he offers are for many, certified "fair trade" by an international organization (IFAT) being labelled as such. As for the products which are not certified, among others for the craft industry, "we, we try to respect anyway the principles relating to fair trade," adds the owner.
Each year, Vincent and Anna Maria visit more than sixty suppliers in India, Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal and deal directly with artisans, without intermediary. "So they sell us at a fair price and we, that allows us to also have a very good price, said Vincent. We also make available to artisans a low interest or free credit because they are immediately paid 50% at the time of the order and the other half of the goods on the boat. And because we have a long-term business relationship, craftspeople can better plan and grow year after year. "
Travelling by Object
"The customers who come to us are a bit like travelling because our products come from all over the world; they feel like elsewhere when entering the shop. We can explain to them where this or that product comes from, who and how it is made; In short, they benefit from a sort of history of the product they buy, giving it even more value. They can even hear music from the countries from which the merchandise originates. We can say that we make our customers travel by the object, "summarizes Vincent Bouchard.
To listen to Vincent, we quickly realize that buying a fair product is certainly an impact on the world, because we live in the craftsman and his family in contrast to the money we give for a cause and which we do not always know where he is going. This is a positive face of globalization in which Nomad actively participates.