We are a very polyester loving society, and though the synthetic fabric isn’t inherently evil (it dries faster than almost anything else!), I appreciate the feel, weight, and experience of a well made, naturally colored, and woven fabric.
Enter sustainable and fair-traded textile company Proud Mary. The passion child of humanitarian Harper Poe, the company provides exquisite products made by the intricate hands of indigenous textile artisans from around the world. Proud Mary’s mission is anchored in their motto, “Pride not Pity.” The company works in Mali, West Africa, Guatemala, Morocco, Peru, and Niger with both women’s cooperatives and male artisans who hand paint, pattern, and weave their specially made baskets, pillows, dresses, and bottle openers.
Proud Mary’s motto is evident in the style of rich colors and textures of their ready- to-buy pieces. The handmade, vibrant and honest fabrics are perfect for summer; I love the elegance of the oversized cotton gauze maxi tunic. It’s light and airy appearance is on-trend sexy (wear with a pretty patterned bra or tank or over a bikini top) or it could be something comfortable, soft, and chic to relax in at home.
Not only can you wear Proud Mary‘s textiles, you can use the brand’s graphic accessories to add color and/or pattern to your home. Their beautiful throw pillows are available in the various sizes and colors that are sure to fit into a colorfully printed, eco-friendly style. The oversized polka dot pillows looks super comfy (ready for a long afternoon of snuggling, perhaps?).
The cowry shell bib necklace would make a stunning statement accessory either a white tunic or a flowing printed maxi dress.
After you score a beautiful Proud Mary dress, go ahead and pair it with some vegan heels Arden Wohl’s new Cri de Coeur collection for a summer night on the town.