Your cart
Close Alternative Icon
ッ Click for our Favorites Under $50 ✺ Our Austin Shop is Open Tues - Sat from 11am - 5pm ✺ Free Curbside Pick-Up Available ✺ Free US Shipping on Order Over $200 ✺ MBS ADORES YOU ♡ ッ Click for our Favorites Under $50 ✺ Our Austin Shop is Open Tues - Sat from 11am - 5pm ✺ Free Curbside Pick-Up Available ✺ Free US Shipping on Order Over $200 ✺ MBS ADORES YOU ♡
Close Icon
Down Arrow Icon

MBS Journal

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

Continue reading

MBS Zero Waste, Part 1

MBS Zero Waste, Part 1

Did you know that all of our accessories are completely Zero Waste? But, what does Zero Waste mean? Zero Waste, as defined by the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) means: "𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒆𝒔 𝒃𝒚 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒅𝒖𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒖𝒎𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝒓𝒆𝒖𝒔𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒅𝒖𝒄𝒕𝒔, 𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒃𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒏𝒐 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒈𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅, 𝒘𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒓, 𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒊𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒏𝒗𝒊𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒖𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉."In the case of our products, it means the recovery and up-cycling of every inch of the fabric we use in our apparel collection. It can also mean the re-use of our dye vats, conserving water and recovering dye-stuff by designing around the color outcomes achieved with secondary and tertiary dips in the same formula (where color, shade and tone will be different). Some of those vats are created through recovery of materials that are the natural byproducts of other industries (saw dust, food waste and more) where we pay to collect these goods, diverting them from the landfill, and then formulate dyes with them to tint our collection. In this way, 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.

Want to learn more about the MBS Zero Waste Initiative? Read on here.

A Miranda Bennett Studio Zero Waste Silk Charmeuse Neckercheif

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? 

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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. 

 

Continue reading

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 

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading
apple pay american express diners club discover jcb maestro master paypal visa afterpay