George Santayana once observed that “An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.” Artists will find a channel they identify with and through it, they express themselves vividly. Some flock to paint; others flock to music. There is no shortage of artistic release, though, as everyone finds something that speaks to them.
That’s exactly what Mira Fannin of Sweet Skins found with design.
A History of Design
In her early childhood, Mira traveled with her family, exploring what many in America would consider distant parts of the world. Eventually, she ended up in Thailand, where she picked up an appreciation for Asian art and tribal design.
Here, she developed self-created and inspired design, helping her mother to sew, make clothing, and stitch together dolls for her family. Soon, she found herself blending thrift store clothes into unique, Fannin-esque designs. Her time in Thailand was soon cut short, however, and she and her family moved back to the states.
At the young age of 13, Mira developed a committed, purpose-driven work ethic as her family fought to stand tall against the vicissitudes they faced. While fighting to hold her family together, she also worked adamantly on improving and honing her skills as an artist. Mira took both her work ethic and passion for creativity into young motherhood and, eventually, to Eugene, Oregon. Here, she became immersed in the ‘green’ movement, which she soon coupled with her love of design.
Mira now looked at the world differently: she was a young mother seeking products that were environmentally conscious and safe for her family. Despite her desire for these things, the resources weren’t readily available. And that’s where the idea was sprung.
The Birth of Sweet Skins
Starting the company out of her garage, Mira worked to develop safe baby clothes for her children. As the idea began to bloom, she incorporated more and more into her product lines, eventually making a little something for everyone. Through community support, Sweet Skins began to grow. As Heidi Johnson, who assists in the marketing for Sweet Skins, put it, “She started at first by selling at Saturday Market in Portland, and through the support of those Oregon ladies, Mira was able to start an online business. Through word of mouth and support through Green Festivals, Mira built a little business that was getting noticed by boutiques. This when the wholesale business began. ”
And begin it did.
Soon, Mira had a complete brick and mortar location. Of course, she still worked avidly to appeal to the same environmentally minded principles that gave birth to the endeavor. With that, in addition to her natural eye for design, she has been able to develop a base of supporters from two camps: those looking for safe products and the ‘normal’ customer of fashion, who is looking for something to better voice their personality.
People are huge fans of the Sweet Skins High Waist Leggings, which look to be a great fit for those engaged in yoga. I personally thought the Liquid Laptop Case was really attractive. Also, if you’re looking for something to keep you warm as we make our way into these winter months, I suggest check out the Power Fleece Hoodie for guys or the Eco Fleece Hoodie for girls.
Go check out Sweet Skins for yourself and I’m sure you’ll find that piece of clothing that really speaks to you!