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About Us

Proud Mary explores age-old traditional crafts around the world to understand the unique techniques, processes, and culture of artisans. This deep understanding and commitment to traditional craft allows Proud Mary to design and produce quality hand-made goods that retain authentic production techniques, while also expanding market access and creating lasting economic impact through job creation. Proud Mary bridges the gap between fair-trade and on-trend fashion and design.

Harper Poe, Proud Mary Owner and Founder, began the company in 2008 after spending time in South America working with Habitat for Humanity where she fell in love with the culture, people, and brightly colored textiles she encountered. Proud Mary is the culmination of Harper’s ongoing and ever-growing commitment to exploration, partnership, and preservation of traditional craft to create greater impact in the communities with which she works.

Harper combines her background in interior design, project management and international development to not only bring to market home decor, personal accessories, and wearables that are beautiful, modern and well-made, but ones which share the core of the craft of the artisan community from where they originate.

Harper was named one of Racked.com’s Racked Young Guns of 2014 and Proud Mary was included in Vogue’s, “8 African Brands Starting a Revolution.” Proud Mary can be found at select boutiques across the U.S., Europe, and Japan; online at ProudMary.org; or at our Charleston shop at 125 1/2 Spring Street!

When Harper is not managing Proud Mary’s day-to-day operations, you can find her planning her next trip, at the beach, doing yoga, or hanging with her son, Ever.

Work With Us

Proud Mary wants to share our experience and knowledge of the global artisan sector with you.

With more than nine years working in the artisan sector in over 10 countries, Proud Mary brings a unique perspective and understanding of the challenges artisans and producers face around the world - particularly in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Proud Mary has collaborated with some 30 different artisan-producing groups including cooperatives, family-owned workshops, and individual artisans. We have experience partnering with large governmental organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and USAID, as well as fashion brands including Madewell and Urban Outfitters

Some of the materials and techniques with which Proud Mary has worked include:

·      Cotton, alpaca, and wool textiles made on backstrap and foot looms

·      Natural dyed material including indigo and bogalan

·      Leather, palm and raffia fiber products including footwear

Our passion lies in capacity building and preparing artisans to become export-ready. We would love to share our knowledge and experience in the artisan sector with you, drop Harper a line harper@proudmary.org.

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