MARY launched in 2018, a brand which juxtaposes the fanciful and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated. MARY is the dream child of it's founder Mary Benson, each dress and print is the epitome of Mary's personality. Mary has a love of beautiful dresses and colourful prints, after years of experimenting with print making and delving deep into creating very special designer prints, MARY was born. Since then, the brand continues to grow more and more into a lifestyle collection including ready-to-wear, handbags, accessories and homeware, and has a celebrity following including Paloma Faith, Rita Ora, Kate Nash and Ellie Goulding.
Full-time Creative Director & CEO, Mary Benson is also a mother of a beautiful baby boy, with her life & business partner, Tadgh Barry. Benson was born in Yorkshire, and resided in London since 2009. She worked for the late Alexander McQueen and Richard Nicoll while attending her degree in Fashion Design at The University of Westminster, and has since been sponsored by TOPSHOP, River Island, Swarovski and awarded Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award for Business & Management, and The Award for Enterprise in Business and Management at the Yorkshire awards. Benson frequently collaborates, and has worked with ASOS on a shoes & accessories line, Terry De Havilland on bespoke shoes, Stephen Jones OBE on several hat collaborations, Tatty Devine on a series of showpieces and a Melissa shoe showpiece collaboration.
Benson loves to wander through vintage markets and collect a plethora of interesting things, such as clothing, books, tea sets, flower pots and ornaments, and loves spending time with her partner Tadgh Barry and their son. She has been featured in Vogue, GQ Style in their 'Return of the Zeitgeisters', Dazed and i-D, to name a few. The family live and work in London.
MARY is a fashion brand with sustainability in mind, making sure that everything is made with integrity. The clothing is made in the UK by skilled seamstresses and many others who get involved along the way. The team often visit the factories who make MARY pieces, and appreciate the way they run their businesses and look after their staff.
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Mary has been illustrating and creating special pieces since 2005, read more here: