Vancouver natives Maryanne Mathias and Molly Keogh, the two designers behind Osei Duro, first met in the late 90s during high school, when bangs reached epic heights + acid washed jeans were all the rage. Maryanne would go on to journey round the world where she eventually fell in love. The object of her affection was Ghana.
After a spirited high school reunion, Maryanne convinced Molly to experience Ghana for herself: the vivid pink sunsets, the nightly nocturnal debut of bats and the strength + dignity of the Ghanian people - not to mention their quotidian habit of remarkable, multi-hued dress.
In 2009, Molly + Maryanne finally traveled to Ghana together; this would be the year their adventure began.
What was thought to be a one-time trip became Osei Duro, a line of socially responsible + sustainable clothing marrying West African textiles to Western clothing design. The beautiful + comfort-conscious clothing is hand dyed + made of natural, hand-spun cotton. You'll see no references to the 80's in their designs: no frenetic prints or overdoses of hypercolor. Instead, sweet + soft florals abound, artful, abstract prints flourish + quirky color combos come to life with each new season.
From our friends at One of a Kind:
Rekindled pals turned a 2009 trip into an ethical clothing line, choosing a name from the Ghanaian classifieds—Osei means esteemed / honorable and Duro means medicine / magic. The whole line is produced in Ghana by local garment workers and artisans, who are known for their expertise in manipulating texture and color. The Osei-Duro gals divide their time between Ghana and North America.
This successful eco-fashion company is thriving under the leadership of two savvy business women working each day to encourage international + intercultural cooperation. Lofty goals, indeed. It seems anything these two women set their mind to, they will accomplish. How's that for a pocketful of magic?