American Flora was recently featured on the Debra Prinzing Podcast! Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based Outdoor Living Expert. As a writer and lecturer, she specializes in interiors, architecture and landscapes. Not to mention, Debra is the author of seven books.
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My final gift selection introduces you to Mary Brewster of American Flora, a sustainable fashion company based in Connecticut. I hope you’ll enjoy the story of how we met and about Mary’s goal of sourcing textiles and manufacturing women’s fashion here in the U.S.
I’m so pleased to feature this All-American maker who’s charting new territory in women’s fitness and lifestyle apparel.
Mary’s inspiration for starting American Flora came largely from being a ballet dancer and teacher. She wanted to create pieces that would provide a comfortable feel and feminine look in the studio, and would also pair well with lifestyle wear. She was particularly focused on finding a sustainable fabric.
Mary happened upon a book with a painting she had studied while spending a semester of college in Florence. She says that “Botticelli’s Allegory of Spring had always moved me, but I realized that it also depicted so much of what I wanted for my company. Beautiful Flora, the goddess of flowers is shown scattering her seeds over the world. A symbol of renewal.”
Her collection uses a fabric called Repreve. It’s made from recycled plastic bottles. Another kind of renewal and positive look to the future.
“Flora seemed to roll off my tongue, and was so fitting for the other passion in my life, gardening. After many hours of working on a name for my company, it came to me. American manufacturing was a must in the equation. There it was. American Flora,” she says.
I’m so pleased to feature American Flora and Mary Brewster’s innovative designs. You can shop for American Flora products here.
Listen below, American Flora is featured at 55:10.
See the full post here.