Kelly Marie Barry for Kelly B Designs was recently honored as first runner-up in the Chic Eco poll for Best Eco-Creative Swimwear Designer. Her first collection debut for women was Spring 2006 and she was rather quickly recognized, supplied online retailers everywhere, stocked boutiques (including Beverly Hills), and was posted on numerous blogs.
Kelly began her studies with environmental science at CU Boulder, which inspired her to design eco-green apparel. She spent three years at The California College of Arts and Crafts, CCAC. Kelly graduated with a BFA in textiles and then experienced a two-year career as production manager and designer for a supplier of organic cotton garments and fabric.
Kelly’s primarily into organic cotton for conscious consumers. Yet she’s evolved with bamboo, blends and other natural materials. The awareness she strives for is beyond environmentally friendly products and fair labor practices. In fact her primary motivation is to please fashion seekers as a skilled designer. It’s an added bonus to discover the earth-friendly aspects of her garments. All her collections are made in the USA; – another major and rare bonus!
Actually, the contest poll resulted in a runner-ups tie. The co-honoree designs swimsuits for children. Since eco swimwear is a rare pool of designers, it’s good news buyers can shop for a range of ages and genders. Read more about contest results here on Feelgood Style in separate posts.
Meanwhile, look further than the pics here from previous collections. Check out the newly posted 2009 Spring/Summer fashions that inspire women to get Kelly B-glamorous for more than swimming and water sports. Congratulations are in good order!