It's impossible for me to write about Miranda Bennett without my heart bursting a little bit. She's elevated the clothing design landscape of Austin, and she's definitely *the hardest working woman in showbiz*, selling nationally, managing the art studios on Rosewood ave, and putting together workshops (including one this weekend with MOON). Still, her dresses have a relaxed, languid vibe. We're honored that she joins Feliz each year, and each year we see crowds of women running to and from the bathroom trying on her different dresses and tops, making impossible decisions on which to buy. Personally, I'm honored to call this lady a friend, and to have her indulge in my silly questions:
Business: Miranda Bennett Studio
Product: A collection of naturally dyed, minimalist apparel and textiles, handmade in the USA.
Location: Austin, TX
Astrological sign: Leo
What you had for breakfast: coconut milk w/ cinnamon, soft boiled egg, coffee
Hello darling and dear good friend. Let's talk about your eponymous line. How does it feel to be sold nationally and in some of the dreamiest shops in the biggest cities?
It feels good! I am always genuinely humbled and grateful when we get a new inquiry or account. It means the studio can grow, that we can add more staff, and generally just keep the dream alive. Going from the quiet of working solo in a small studio to running and managing an operation is really where the learning curve comes in, but I am trying to remember to be gentle with myself and open to change.
What practices do you do to stay grounded?
Bringing my dog William to the studio everyday, one look at his squinchy face or watching him flopping around on the floor to get a good back rub is usually all that it takes.
Have you been drawn to any particular colors or palettes recently?
After exploring all things rust, sienna, camel and clay this past year, I am very excited to visit the other end of the spectrum through a new (to the collection) natural dye derived from the Logwood Tree. So far I've been focusing on charcoals, doves, putty and dusky greys with undertones of lavender.
What do you think is a common misconception people have about what your work is like?
That fashion = glamour and/or that I have a backer/am financially subsidized (neither of which are true).
What things do you look for when you buy clothes?
Nothing short of something that will enhance and improve my quality of life and make me feel like a better version of myself. I love what Bill Cunningham said about "fashion [being] the armour to survive everyday life". As someone who has struggled with anxiety, dressing in the morning can be my most fragile time of day, I often find myself overwhelmed considering all that lays ahead of me and feel genuinely dismayed when I do not feel like myself in clothing. As a result, I look for clothing that will help me overcome that, be able to face transitions gracefully, and feel comfortable while still exuding my own style. When I know the face that made what I am wearing, that is even better.
What is your least favorite trend right now? Be ruthless.
I guess this concept of "festival dressing"? Maybe I am just getting old, though!
all images courtesy of Miranda Bennett