Betsey Ronel and Shibana Singh, co-founders of the Santa Fe-based clothing company Mantra Bazaar, met through yoga.
"I was in a downward dog and noticed the gorgeous top Shibana was wearing," says Betsy. (Insert witty sentence about yoga and enlightenment and inspiration.)
She would learn that the garment was handmade by the Singh family's tailor, a fair trade, family-owned business in Singh's native India. So, while Ronel had a background in fashion, studying at Parson's in NYC and working for Giorgio Armani and Barney's New York, Singh had the manufacturing connections. Thus, Mantra Bazaar was born.
The clothing company, which aims to "remind women of their power and strength," offers a collection of handmade organic tunics and kaftans, all designed in Santa Fe and manufactured, embroidered, and embellished in India. Also, each garment comes with a unique mantra, which the wearer can use for meditation and reflection. If the organic material, free-trade manufacturer, and personal mantra didn't make you feel warm and fuzzy enough, knowing that 15 percent of all profits are donated to a local women's shelter should do the trick.
You can see their goods online here or in person tonight at the Free Meditation Workshop and Trunk Show they are co-hosting with Heights of Health. The event, which will be held at Heights of Health (540 Frasier Street 77007), begins at 6:30. RSVP to 713-861-6777, if you're planning to attend.
"We love fashion," says Ronel, "but Mantra is about more than fashion. It's about health, wellness, and spirituality, all wrapped up in a beautiful garment."