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MBS Journal

On Zero Waste Dye

On Zero Waste Dye
As a slow fashion brand, at Miranda Bennett Studio we strive to innovate unique partnerships that will expand upon our zero waste mission. Berdoll, a family owned Sawmill in the Texas Hill Country, is one such partner. They generously let  us know when they complete a project with Pecan wood so we can visit their facility and collect fresh, fluffy shavings for use in our dye vats. Utilizing these wood shavings allows us to honor the life of the Pecan trees, as their warm wash of blush on our textiles becomes a living tribute to their splendor.
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UNHCR

UNHCR

Excited to share this love letter to Maria Vung created by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Maria came to the US as a refugee and is now a citizen. At Miranda Bennett Studio, Miranda and our production team had the privilege of working with Maria for several years. Our deepest thanks to the United Nations Refugee Agency for coming to Austin (before COVID) to share our story.

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TO BE HOPEFUL

“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.


What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.


And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

― Howard Zinn

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Austin, We are Reopening!

Austin, We are Reopening!

The brand’s Flagship location, designed by Bennett with architects Side Angle Side and design build firm KKDW, reopened its doors on the 16th of September with new faces behind the counter. The namesake brand’s Owner, alongside the brand’s COO and its Sales Manager, will be ushering the shop through the first several weeks of resumed operation.

It was important for me to be physically present for our store’s reopening. We are all in this together and I miss the faces of our community dearly.” says Bennett.

The brand will open with limited hours initially, operating Wednesdays - Saturdays from 12pm - 4pm.

Learn more about our flagship here. 

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On Trend vs. Style

On Trend vs. Style

Imagine having cultivated a style for yourself that exists outside of the orbit of trend. Your vital source energy, rather than being spent fueling a cycle of constant consumption, is reserved for the activities and people you love. 

When you go to your closet to get dressed, you find it filled with fewer things, all of which you love and wear often. Key pieces of clothing that speak to your soul, your life’s purpose, the unique characteristics of your form. Imagine dressing as a joy, rooted in an appreciation of what you have.

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MBS Zero Waste, Part 1

MBS Zero Waste, Part 1
Did you know that all of our accessories are completely Zero Waste? In fact, some of our products are Zero Waste three times over - having been made with recovered fabric, re-used natural dye vats, and recovered natural dye materials. But, what does Zero Waste mean? Continue reading

Introducing MBS Plant Dyed, Organic Facial Coverings

Introducing MBS Plant Dyed, Organic Facial Coverings

An item that we seldom knew we would need yet suddenly, and urgently, do.

Now that we are past the phase of novel discomfort and have had time to live and breath with these new bedfellows, preferences are emerging, as well as practical concerns.

We need something that can be washed, will last for multiple wears, is as comfortable (as is possible) to wear, is made from materials we feel good in, and (dare to dream) speaks to our aesthetic sensibilities. Can we also have something ethically made? 

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The Wonder

The Wonder

Becoming an advocate for natural dyes in the fashion industry became a non-negotiable, core tenant for my brand (along with a commitment to being a zero waste studio, using biodegradable fabrics and basing our all woman team in the US).

Without committing to these principles, there would be no reason to add more products to an oversaturated marketplace.

We want to lead by example and, in doing so, refashion the industry.

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For the Mothers

For the Mothers

As a designer, designing for women, creating apparel that allows for our bodies to evolve and change over the course of our lifetime is essential. I haven’t personally been pregnant, but my stress lives in my belly — cortisol, bloat and bulge. Many of the designs I create are forgiving in this area as a result, and lend themselves well to people experiencing pregnancy and postpartum transitions. What I have heard again and again from our community who are on the other side of expecting is they relished the opportunity to invest in clothing that felt like them while still accommodating the array of changes their body was going through. It still blows my mind that bodies can do this, and it’s an honor to provide clothing that affirms identity while providing comfort and versatility in the process. | Revisiting the first installment of the MBS Mother Series from 2017 in anticipation of Mother’s Day. 

 

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