Growing up in Texas, California, and Southeast Asia, Miranda Bennett spent a lot of time with her clothes, “naming my dresses,” she says, and hanging out with a nanny who made all of her getups from scratch. So, naturally, Miranda’s first foray into fashion was learning to sew herself, eventually putting on a fashion show as a senior project in high school.
“In Texas, I didn’t know any fashion designers—didn’t know anyone who did this for a living,” Miranda notes. But that didn’t stop her from packing her bags and moving to New York City for college, graduating from Parsons with a degree in—you guessed it—fashion design.
After launching a high-end ready-to-wear line and opening a store in Brooklyn, Miranda decided, in 2013, that it was time to head on back to TX and make a name for herself in Austin. “I was blown away by how much the city had grown and expanded—and how there were all these like-minded people who were moving here specifically from different places,” she recalls. The move also motivated her to take a back-to-basics approach with her namesake line, cutting, sewing, and even dyeing fabrics by hand. And now? “I love the organic quality of touching every piece I make,” Miranda explains. “The variation of the pieces—they aren’t cookie-cutter clothes anymore.” —genevieve ang