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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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Silver Linings

Silver Linings

I have found myself in the stiller moments imagining that it is 3 months from now, 6, maybe this same day next year. It sets into motion an array of feelings. First comfort at the thought of life as it could be: free, open, healthy, full of embraces, community, contact. Then, the pit in my stomach of how far, how long away, how uncertain. Uncertainty about the duration we must hold for, uncertainty for what awaits on the other side because obligations did not stop, only we did. 


Then there is gratitude 

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Hello from Home

Hello from Home

Hi Guys, I wanted to share that we are still here and accepting orders, online-only, with free delivery & free returns (+ a few extra offers to encourage delight and comfort during a time of so many unknowns).


You may have noticed we’ve been a bit quiet. I have personally found it incredibly difficult to find words at a time when so many are in crisis. People are dying. So many are out of work. Lives are upside down. Things are not normal. 


The experience for me personally as a small business owner (so far) has been a daily ride of many altitudes that began, quietly, within the still eye of shock. 


I know you are hearing from so many of us who find ourselves now in the terrifying precarity of this period. It is hard to know where to direct your attention, particularly when so many are so suddenly and unequivocally affected by all of this: facing acute financial hardship that no one could have braced for. 


We are a strange lineup as a nation right now: some navigating a new normal of working from home (with children, significant others, pets, and some with no one at all). I am particularly thinking about the latter, friends who are unsure of how long it will be before a hug may warm their hearts. This isn’t meant to be dramatic, loneliness is real and our spirits need for the nourishing of contact as much as our bellies need for food. 


There are brave healthcare workers, employed and thousands more coming out of retirement, risking their health in the service of others. Grocery store cashiers and stockers working tirelessly to make sure we can feed ourselves. Delivery people coming into contact with so many in the pursuit of keeping us all with the essentials (and let’s be honest, the non-essentials, too). Teachers pivoting to create virtual lesson plans. There are also those still deep in the comfort of denial, gathering in public with little regard to public safety, considering participation in this pandemic as optional.


I have struggled with a sense that it feels wrong to take up space as a brand in light of all of this.


All I can share as of now is that MBS is still here. Orders are shipping. Spring apparel, long since plant-dyed in-house, cut and sewn ethically in the US, is being added to the shop. It has to be. 


Things are moving slower than normal. Self-isolation demands a re-evaluation of pace. And so much bad news has meant reimagining the rhythm of the day to allow for pockets of restoration. 


This is the time to support small businesses, in any and all avenues that you can. For so many in our shoes, the only thing keeping us going is the prospect of surviving this so we can keep our teams and our dreams intact on the other side. The only known is that we will only get through this together. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home.

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Sustainability through Style

Sustainability through Style
What is Sustainable Fashion? Everybody is talking about sustainability, and with the curiosity this buzz word peaks, it also has attracted an onslaught of greenwashing in advertising and marketing strategies. Let's be clear, sustainability is not meant to be a trend, it is actually quite the opposite. 

 

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Kind Words

Kind Words
“The best part about a MBS piece is that I can wear the exact same thing to a wedding, to work, a backyard bbq, an art opening, the grocery store and so on.  I've actually worn my everyday dress to each of these. I basically just switch up my shoes and earrings. Hands down, it's the most versatile piece of clothing I have ever owned.  It's amazing!” Adriane R Continue reading

Water is Life

Water is Life

When we held a panel last year with Benita Singh of Nest, she shared that in China, there is a saying that if you want to know the Pantone color of the year, all you have to do is look at the color of the rivers. This phrase resurfaced in River Blue, where activist Orsola de Castro shares the same sentiment: "there is a joke in China that you can tell the 'it' color of the season by looking at the color of the rivers.

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Welcoming the New Year

Welcoming the New Year
There is something so beautiful about the countdown to the New Year. “Ten, Nine, Eight…”. The shared experience, all of us gazing at the horizon line at the same time, watching the dawn of this new day (year and decade), all holding the concept of a fresh start — together. Considering new intentions: Who will we be this year? What will we accomplish? What do we want to get right? What do we want to leave behind? Continue reading

Approaching 2020

Approaching 2020

Time, as a linear construct, is defied by the cyclical nature of the seasons, and as we turn around once more, let’s use this as an opportunity to 

 

refresh intentions, 

                     refocus energy, 

                                       reconnect with our root purpose, 

          & restore our capacity for love. 

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