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Let’s just say it: Molly Keogh (left) and Maryanne Mathias have the best high school reunion story ever. “Normally, you are like, ‘Oh look, everybody got fat,’” says Molly of their 10-year get-together, “But Maryanne had just finished this trip around the world and approached me to go back to Ghana. It was just the right time for me to say yes to such a crazy idea.”
From there, the rekindled pals turned a 2009 trip into an ethical clothing line, choosing a name at random from the Ghanaian classifieds—Osei means esteemed/honorable and Duro means medicine/magic—and setting up a studio in the capital, Accra. The whole line is produced in Ghana by local garment workers and artisans, who are known for getting down with texture and color, and the Osei-Duro gals divide their time between the country and North America, communicating via Skype or text when they aren’t together.
The arrangement has fostered success: Future plans include expanding their cool, comfy offerings to include more menswear, accessories, and swimwear, growing their network of Ghanaian makers, and showing up at their 20th reunion dressed head-to-toe in the line of their making. —jessie pascoe