I'm obsessed with just about anything from my friend Harper Poe's sustainable textile line Proud Mary. In fact, I carry one of her totes just about every day. Harper launched the company in 2008 after returning from volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in South America. Harper had fallen in love with the indigenous people and their brightly colored textiles and was inspired to funnel her passions into a sustainable design business promoting social change. "By providing a global exploration of textiles, Proud Mary, supports and empowers global artisans and their families while celebrating their beautiful work!" All of Proud Mary's products and materials are sourced and made in developing nations.
Harper launched the textile business with an array of brightly colored pillows, change purses, and tote bags, all made by Guatemalan artisans. Above, the Diamante pillow in brocade Salmon (14" x 24", $120) is made of 100% cotton, and handwoven and sewn in Guatemala. The immediate success of Proud Mary led Harper to expand the line to additional bag designs....A few of my favorites are below!
From left: Gradient Mint Bucket Bag ($68), Cirque Tote ($96), Potato Printed Clutch ($60)
Harper's newest venture with Proud Mary (and my personal favorite!) is the addition of men's neckties to the line. The lightweight cotton ties are perfect for summer - go on and grab one for the man in your life!