For those of you familiar with the Charleston area, you may have already heard of Proud Mary. Proud Mary is a company founded by Harper Poe several years ago with a goal of designing and producing quality fabrics through partnering with artisan co-ops in developing nations. They've made created some beautiful fabrics over the past few years, all while being environmentally friendly and socially responsible. The clutch pictured above is from their "Quill" collection created by artisans in South Africa. There are several different patterns and many products available currently on their website. In addition to running and designing for this awesome company Harper and her husband John also own an amazing, socially conscious coffee shop in Charleston called Hope and Union. You can visit them at 199 St. Philip Street!
Visit the website and shop!
You can also hear more from Harper at her blog:
Happy New Year to all! I am hoping to create a blog (which is very hip for someone who thought that gchat could see me) that highlights the fashion, shopping, art and entertainment that has it's roots here in the South. I've realized in the past few years how many of our very own have shown such entrepreneurialism and creativity in diving in to their own endeavors and dreams. Hopefully I can help call attention to some of those! I'll also provide some commentary on the greater world of these same industries, because I love them.