"I think at the core of all of my decision making and the intention behind all of it is how do I create environments, products, situations where women feel of value? That is always what I go back to. I consider the Earth to be one of those women."
"The Made in Texas Gift Guide: For the Marfa Type. Impress the discerning individualist in your life with beautifully crafted, one-of-a-kind items that evoke the defiant spirit of West Texas: Austin-based designer Miranda Bennett’s minimalist linen wardrobe staples, including this deep V-neck jumpsuit."
"A local designer, Miranda Bennett makes tops, dresses, pants, skirts, jumpsuits, and more. The coolest part is that she’s a zero-waste designer, so she fashions belts and accessories from leftover scraps. All kinds of Austinites wear her clothing as a uniform around town because it’s cool and beautiful. Lisa Reile, the chic manager over at the Hotel Saint Cecilia, is a fan."
"Six Places to Add to Your Austin, Texas, Wish List: In these strange times, look forward to visiting these sophisticated spots when they reopen in the Texas capital that always keeps it “weird”: Miranda Bennett Studio Flagship
"The Cool Girl’s Guide To Bridesmaid Dresses: The Miranda Bennett Studio Everyday Dress in Plant Dyed Silk Charmeuse."
"Sustainability, fair-wage employment, and plant dye have never looked so fashionable. The environmentally and socially conscious creations from the mind of Austin native Miranda Bennett are simultaneously of the moment and timeless."
"Fashion and the environment often times seem to be at odds with each other. What designer Miranda Bennett is doing in Austin is the very antithesis of that. Her thoughtfulness towards every step of the design process is next level. Her namesake collection of modern, plant-dyed apparel is dyed, cut, sewn and shipped within a 4 mile radius in Austin, Texas."
"Socially-Conscious Style Guru: Miranda Bennett Studio makes clothing for women, by women in the U.S. Most of her textiles are dyed with natural pigments and processed and shipped from Texas. The next step for Miranda Bennett, founder and creative director, is to launch agricultural partnerships with the farmers who grow the plants used in the dying process. Each collection her team creates is designed to mix and match seamlessly so you can work hard and your clothes won’t have to."
"I confess that I own this particular dress by Miranda Bennett in three different colors, and I love each one. You can dress it up or down and take it from day to night to your heart’s content. The cotton style is particularly versatile and soft, while the silk edition looks and feels very sophisticated. You can’t go wrong."
"I hope that as a brand, on a person-to-person level, Miranda Bennett Studio can use creativity to simplify the lives of the women wearing our clothing. I have always wanted to create versatile clothing that could enhance a woman’s daily experience, by giving her something that she could feel unconditionally beautiful and confident in, while also knowing that the planet and the individuals behind it were not exploited in the process of its creation."
"There’s something noticeably vibrant about the colors of designer Miranda Bennett’s apparel. That’s because she and the team at her namesake studio work with plant-based dyes, primarily derived from wood fiber that comes from the inner part of a tree. The result is her hand-dyed women’s clothing [that] pops with gorgeous hues."
"Bennett’s clothes are as much about freedom as they are looking good. Wearing one of her dresses and getting a compliment from another woman, it’s given and received with an unspoken solidarity — for choosing yourself over being a slave to tight-fitting clothes or fabrics that don’t allow your body to breathe. And still look like a boss. Maybe that’s why her line has such a loyal, expanding audience."
"The flagship store from Austin based clothing designer Miranda Bennett is a minimalist dream. Her simple mix-and-match pieces are made from plant dyed silk and linen, and in a rainbow of shades to suit any mood. The store itself is gorgeous, and her thoughtfully designed pieces are the kind that you’ll wear for years to come."
"Austin, Texas-based fashion designer Miranda Bennett wants to reduce her company’s waste – starting with the fabric it uses to make new items. Rather than throwing out leftover scraps of material, her company retains the fabric remnants that are left after the apparel is cut.
She strives to produce high-quality clothing that will last. And when her customers are ready to get rid of her garments, Bennett offers a discount for sending them back to the company. The items are then either donated or recycled for use in new products.
So by reducing waste throughout the life of her products, she can reduce carbon pollution."
- Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media. AUTHOR | Sarah Wesseler is a Brooklyn-based writer focusing on cities, culture, and climate change.