With an excess of fast fashion and mass production, the skilled artisan is becoming a rare commodity. Fortunately, conscious fashion companies like Proud Mary are doing their part to keep handcrafting alive.
Proud Mary’s investment in the quality, authenticity, and production from beginning to end of the final garment is further supported by the way in which the company “explores age-old traditional crafts around the world to understand the unique techniques, processes, and culture of artisans.”
Bridging “the gap between fair-trade and on-trend fashion and design,” Proud Mary focuses on a global aesthetic and produces pieces that excite the senses. With a bold color palette, practical, easy garments, and a keen eye for detail, the items are not only made to last, but meant to find a permanent place in your wardrobe rotation.
Great for mixing and matching within the collection, or for pairing with things you already own, you’ll be able to incorporate these spring-ready looks with ease.
1. Colorful Cordoba Dress
This bold dress is said to be inspired by the music of Sean Kingston, rum drinks, and palm trees. Can’t you hear the beach calling already?! With its lived in, well-worn wash and the sweet off-the-shoulder ruffle top, this piece is a welcome addition to 2017’s seasonal resort wear. Lounge around in this handwoven frock from Mexico while you sip margaritas by the pool, then throw on a pair of heels and head out for cocktail hour. Whether you wear it with your bikini, or a pair of statement earrings, this dress will have you ready to brave hot days and warm summer nights. Priced at $192.
2. Blue Boca Chica Tote
This consciously-crafted tote is difficult to miss! The beautiful ocean blue hue will add a nice pop of color to any outfit. Created from recycled plastic trash bags by a woman’s cooperative in the Dominican Republic, this artisan made purse helps the environment and the community on a grassroots level. Load up your bag with goodies and head to the beach, or take it to the farmers market and use it to transport your fruits and veggies. The Boca Chica tote will serve double duty all season long. Priced at $148.
3. Lemon La Paz Skirt
Lemon yellow, and cabana ready, this sunny vertical stripe wrap skirt is a fun and practical piece. For oceanside jaunts and outdoor fun, wear this skirt with your bikini top (halter style would be too cute), or over your one piece, and with a pair of espadrille sandals. For other occasions, try a crop top, fitted tee, or tunic style shirt. Handwoven in Chiapas, Mexico, this lightweight cotton skirt will be your go-to beach bottoms. Priced at $180.
4. Double Denim Sandal
Handmade by a father-daughter workshop in Lesotho, these artisan denim sandals will be your new wear-everywhere shoes. Although not vegan, they are made from recycled materials, leather, and rubber. Pair with any piece on this list, or with the clothes you already own and love. Perfect with shorts, skirts, and even jeans, these denim flats will take you anywhere you want to go this summer. Priced at $60.
5. Macrame Miramar Tunic
This handwoven, cotton tunic from Chiapas, Mexico, is where it’s at this season. Easy, breezy, and loaded with details, this piece is pretty and versatile. We’re loving the cute macrame tassels along the bottom, and the fact that the stripes come in two colors. Wear it over your swimwear, with a pair of bermuda shorts, or your favorite jeans. Create a unique going out look by wearing just the tunic with a pair of platforms and a long pendant necklace. Priced at $198.
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