Brand
Brand

Proud Mary

About

Proud Mary is a socially conscious textile design company. We work with artisans in developing countries to create a line of "ethnic-modern" fabric by the yard, personal, and home accessories. All of our artisans are paid a fair wage for their work and by granting access to broader markets we can assist in facilitating economic growth for themselves and their families.

Fun Facts

  • Both original owners' first names are Mary, even though they go by Harper and Molly.
  • You can follow us on our blog, Lloso. www.lloso.blogspot.com
  • We are fueled by wanderlust.
  • Proud Mary is owned and operated by Harper Poe in Charleston, SC
Design Philosophy
Design Philosophy

Design Philosophy

Why Eco and Ethical Design

I wanted to combine my love for different cultures, economic development, and design into a business that supports global artisans. Rooted in my background in the interior design field, I chose to focus on textiles as I feel they are the greatest visual story teller of a culture.

Inspiration

  • Encourage collaboration with producers on fabrics and products.
  • Celebrate the incredible talent of global artisans.
  • Combine modern design with traditional methods of production.
  • Help people help themselves by providing a market for their goods.
Materials
Materials

Materials

About Our Materials

All of our products are made from hand woven or printed textiles which are then used to create home and personal accessories. The materials vary and are based on which textiles are native to the countries where we work. For example, we work with hand woven cotton from Guatemala and naturally dyed wool from Peru. We seek out our artisan groups through non-profits, individuals, and NGOs on the ground.

We use

  • Cotton
  • Leather
  • Naturally dyed Wool
  • Cotton tassels and pom-poms
Cradle-to-Cradle Design
Cradle-to-Cradle Design

Cradle-to-Cradle Design

Give Your Clothes a Second Life

Our products are not seasonally produced but timeless, representing the colors and patterns of a certain culture.

Recycle or Upcycle

  • We recommend donating slightly worn goods to Goodwill or The Salvation Army.
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Sustainable Design
Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design

How We Process Our Textiles

We use azo-free, low impact dyes on our Guatemalan textiles and natural, plant based dyes on our Peruvian textiles. The handmade manufacturing process greatly reduces energy usage during the production process.

Eco-friendly Highlights

  • Our fabrics are created on foot and backstrap looms.
  • Fabric and end products are created close to each other eliminating additional shipping.
  • Plant based, natural dyes are used in our Peruvian wool fabrics.
  • Low impact dyes are used in our Guatemalan fabrics.
Social Responsibility
Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Giving

We donate 10% of our "Proud Mary Market" (found objects) goods to non-profits in the goods country of origin. We also consult with established brands and new companies wishing to incorporate ethical components into their collections.

Examples of how we give back

  • Donate 10% of Proud Mary Market goods to a non-profit benefiting the goods country of origin
  • Encourage growth of ethical fashion movement in our local community (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Author of lifestyle blog, Lloso, sharing handmade, artisanal made, and ethically sourced products.
  • Consult with brands that wish to incorporate an ethical component into their collections.
Country of Origin
Country of Origin

Country of Origin

Supply Chain

Our fabric is hand woven by weaving groups in Guatemala and Peru. The products are then sewn by nearby sewing cooperatives. The final product is shipped to Charleston, SC where it is warehoused and sent out to the final consumer.

Countries

  • Woven cotton from Guatemala
  • Naturally dyed wool from Peru
  • Manufacturing done in Guatemala.
  • Manufacturing done in Guatemala.
Ethical Design
Ethical Design

Ethical Design

People in Our Supply Chain

We chose to work with 3 weaving groups and 2 sewing cooperatives in Guatemala. These groups all specialize in different weaving techniques; brocades, Ikats, and tightly woven stripes. Our main sewing cooperative was started by widows of the Guatemalan conflict in the 1980's as a way to rebuild their lives. In Peru we are working with a recent graduate of Columbia University who is on the ground in the Northern Peruvian highlands to facilitate our newest textile exploration.

Empowerment

  • The cooperatives encourage education and healthy living.
  • The artisans we work with are paid at least double minimum wage.
  • The mostly women weavers use looms in their homes so they can look after their children.
  • Weaving skills are passed down from generation to generation.