Hello dear reader,
As we gain our footing in this new month, the second of this new year, I wanted to share a few updates on some big moves we have on the horizon at Miranda Bennett Studio.You may have seen our Cochineal Release go-live last week. This marks the first endeavor in our new approach to color cadence. Going forward, we will release new plant dye formulas in small batches of limited quantity, and only in specific fabrics and styles (rather than across the entire collection as we have in the past). With that in mind, I encourage you to explore these offerings as they arrive without hesitation (and our newsletter audience is always the first to receive word when they are released) as each will be the only of their kind. Creating in this way allows us to receive the best of the medium, and to deliver you, our community, with truly special collections that are inherently one-off — imbued with the spontaneity and rare splendor of each dye bath.
This move is the product of our departure from wholesale and the seasonal grind therein. From the start of our collection, we always aimed to create small batch, perennial apparel, but the demands of participating in the Fashion Industry’s market calendar forced our slow, intentional way of working into a breakneck pace that was externally defined. One of the most incredible silver linings of COVID is the opportunity to revaluate this crushing dynamic and, ultimately, to reclaim a rhythm that fits more truly and authentically with our principles as a company.
Reading between the lines, that also means that going forward, with the exception of a very small handful of select partners, the MBS collection will exclusively be available through our site and our Austin storefront. You can expect more limited releases in the way of colors, styles and fabrics far more frequently throughout the year as we enjoy this newfound freedom from the rigidity of seasonally driven deliveries.
Among these capsule releases, our first new style of 2021, the Ellis Top, just went live. Next up, we have a really invigorating capsule created with Silk Organza, a fabric we first introduced with the collection-that-never-was, Fall 20. Reviving this fabric within the context of our new production model has been a personal delight for me, as I have been waiting for it to come to life in the MBS offering for almost two years.
I don’t know how many people actually read these posts in our little journal, but if you do, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a note in the comments box below if you feel compelled and thank you, thank you, thank you for reading all of this! I adore you, MBS adores you - you are the reason our close-knit team gets to live this dream of creating enduring, plant dyed apparel right here in Austin, TX, USA.