Miranda Bennett Studio
Miranda Bennett Studio is a collection of modern, plant-dyed apparel made in the USA. They naturally dye their textiles and cut, process and ship the apparel from Austin, Texas. They manufacture their apparel exclusively with Open Arms, an Austin based sustainable apparel manufacturer empowering refugee women through fair-wage employment.
The Miranda Bennett Studio design ethos is based on thoughtful simplicity. Coveted for a combination of versatility, style, luminous color, and ease, their apparel is celebrated for making the woman inside the focal point. Each collection is designed to mix and match seamlessly with the previously released styles and limited edition colorways, creating elevated building blocks for everyday wear.
The dyes are created with plant-derived materials, including extracts of various wood varieties, pomegranate rind and natural indigo. The label is now transitioning to a sourcing initiative to utilize Zero Waste dye-stuff by seeking out natural dyes that are the by-product of other industries, such as saw-dust from central Texas grown and milled wood and avocado pits and skins from local food suppliers. This dye stuff is composted after exhaustive use.
This year, Miranda Bennett Studio have begun an agricultural partnership rooted in permaculture with New Leaf, a social enterprise of the Multicultural Refugee Coalition creating jobs in agriculture for Austin's refugee population. The first crop of organically cultivated Mexican Mint Marigold, a dye plant, is currently maturing and will be harvested soon. It is their wish that the dye stuff tinting the seasonal hues of the collection will be representative of the ecology of the Texas Hill Country that they call home, and will have as minimal an impact on the environment as possible.