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London, England, E8 2BT
United Kingdom

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.

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My Journey

MARY

Photographed at home by Libby Burke Wilde

Photographed at home by Libby Burke Wilde

 

In 2018, MARY was born out of my love of beautiful dresses, beautiful vintage patterns and colourful prints. I have spent years experimenting with textiles, illustration, working within the fashion industry and making collections under my first label ‘Mary Benson’.

I adore vintage markets, charity shops, car boot sales, flea markets, church summer fairs and jumble sales. I spend a lot of my time collecting a plethora of second hand curiosities from clothing to flower pots and anything for the home. I love spending my time with my fiancé, Tadgh, and our beautiful son.

Mary Benson - Founder, creative director and CEO

 

Earth-Friendly Practices

Sustainability is at the heart of my brand, and every item is made with integrity from start to finish. I love to illustrate, and I hand draw all of my prints before editing them on the computer to create the final piece. My made-to-order pieces are assembled together into finished garments in London by a talented team of seamstresses, who I have been working with for a very long time. MARY pre-loved up-cycled garments are transformed by hand in London by myself and my small team.

 

Collaborations

I absolutely love to collaborate, and have worked with some amazing talented people and brands. My collaborations include Terry De Havilland on bespoke shoes; Stephen Jones OBE on several hat collections; Tatty Devine on a series of showpieces; ASOS for a Christmas party season shoes and accessories range; Gemma Cairney on a limited edition up-cycled beret collection.

Background

I was born and bred in Yorkshire, and have resided in London since 2009. I studied at Leeds Art College, appeared on Mary Queen of Shops, and worked for the late Alexander McQueen and Richard Nicoll before attending my degree in Fashion Design at The University of Westminster. I have since been sponsored by TOPSHOP, Fashion East, British Fashion Council, River Island and Swarovski. I was presented with The Award for Enterprise in Business and Management at the Yorkshire Awards in 2015, as well as the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award for Business & Management in 2016.