MIRANDA BENNETT STUDIO is a collection of modern, plant-dyed apparel made in the USA. We naturally dye our textiles with natural pigments and cut, process and ship our apparel from our Austin, Texas studio. We manufacture our apparel exclusively with Open Arms, an Austin based sustainable apparel manufacturer empowering refugee women through fair-wage employment.
Our dyes are created with plant-derived materials, including extracts of various wood varieties, pomegranate rind and natural indigo. We are now transitioning to a sourcing initiative to utilize only 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.
In addition to these efforts, we are now laying the groundwork for an agricultural partnerships with New Leaf, an initiative of the Multicultural Refugee Coalition creating jobs in agriculture for Austin's refugee population. It is our wish that the dye stuff tinting the seasonal hues of our collection will be representative of the ecology of the Texas Hill Country that we call home, and will have as minimal an impact on our environment as possible.
Our textile remnants and well worn apparel are utilized in the creation of new and unique products, both designed in-house and via collaborations with other artists through our Zero Waste Initiative. Any textile remnants that cannot be utilized are recycled into utility rags by Austin based Josco Products or donated to the Austin Area Quilt Guild. The AAQG donates quilts to Safe Place, an Austin Shelter for battered women and children, as well as other charitable causes.
The MBS design ethos is based on thoughtful simplicity. Coveted for a combination of versatility, style, luminous color, and ease, our apparel is celebrated for making the woman inside the focal point. Each collection is designed to mix and match seamlessly with our previously released styles and limited edition colorways, creating elevated building blocks for everyday wear.
Miranda, founder & creative director
Miranda Bennett's namesake brand is known for its commitment to environmentally sustainable practices, ethical manufacturing partnerships and advances in the use of natural dye on a commercial scale. A native of Austin, Texas, Bennett’s pursuit of fashion brought her to New York at age 17 to study Fashion at Parsons School of Design and Art History at Eugene Lang College. Upon graduation, she launched her first clothing line with a sold-out trunk show that led to multiple wholesale orders and her first nationally syndicated press. Her work has since been sold globally and featured in publications such as the New York Times and Forbes, among others. After 12 years operating and manufacturing in NYC, Bennett relocated to her hometown of Austin in search of a more meaningful way to work within the confines of the fashion industry. The result is MBS, a mission oriented clothing line that strives to marry aesthetically compelling apparel with meaningful production practices. Bennett is the creative director & designer of the brand.
- the sales & fulfillment team -
These are the women at the nucleus of our operations --- between them, they manage corresponding with our wholesale and online buyers throughout the year, attending trade shows and trunk shows, devising and maintaining the production calendar, coordinating production timelines with our dyeing and sewing teams, cutting all of our garments in-studio, processing, pressing and quality checking those garments when we receive them back from the sewing team, managing the visual & product content of our online shop, hand writing thank you notes, arranging pick ups & drop offs with our sewing team, packing & shipping our goods, and so much more.
- the dye team -
Colleen, assistant natural dye specialist
Our dye team has the beautiful challenge of making consistent a medium known for its beauty & spontaneity. These women creatively trouble shoot and meticulously record their findings. We dye fabrics in-studio every day of the week, every week of the year, and currently work on a staggered seven day production schedule to meet the demands of our wholesale and online orders. The future holds bright partnerships for new agricultural initiatives to supply our dye vats as well as the construction of a built to suit dye facility that will house our growing team and dye operation.
- the sewing team -
Our manufacturing team is made up of a skilled group of women that work off-site from our studio in Austin, TX. Our longtime seamstress, Amy, a refugee of Vietnam, is an independent contractors who has been with us since we began our project in 2013. Amy now oversees the manufacturing of our Zero Waste products. Our apparel is produced by Sam, Thang and Maria (not pictured), who work with us by way of our partnership with Open Arms, an Austin based sustainable apparel manufacturer empowering refugee women through fair-wage employment.
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- inside the sewing room -
We cherish the knowledge that our pieces will become a part of the lives of the women that wear them, offering support, comfort, versatility, confidence and, most importantly, allowing that woman to always remain the focal point.
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get in touch
for wholesale inquires and career opportunities, please contact Liz at:
for online sales and customer service, general inquiries and press, please contact Nicole at:
for natural dye inquiries, including care questions, stain treatment and color longevity, please contact our Natural Dye Team at:
for production related inquiries, including our Zero Waste Initiative, please contact Jen at: