Hi! I’m Marie, the person behind this brand. A small brand that started as my therapy from my day job as an oncology social worker. I spent my nights and nap times in our guest room sewing handmade clothes for myself and our daughter, only to realize other mothers were requesting one for themselves without additional hands or time. While it started as a hobby, dreams became a reality with the emotional support of my spouse (and Chloe), my biggest cheerleaders. My Japanese heritage takes a big part in this brand, which streams back to my grandfather. The very person who initially introduced me to the world of art with my first collection of watercolor pencils, to watching him patiently enjoy Japanese calligraphy and pottery. Because of him, I have been fascinated with beautiful textile, colors, and patterns. "irro" meaning color and "irro irro" meaning variety in Japanese.
My vision is to create a community around the brand. Connecting people with like-minds who support small businesses, ethical and slow fashion, and inclusive of diverse representation.
Our pieces are simple and effortless designs for everyday wear. irro irro designs are meant to be a blank canvas, using neutral colors and textiles that are comfortable and soft on your skin. To reduce waste, we produce limited styles in small batches.
Each piece is ethically made in America with textiles that are ethically sourced and milled in Japan. We carefully craft each piece with function, comfort, and practicality. We love that you can easily accessorize our pieces to dress up or down.
Philanthropy is also a big part of this brand. 1% of the proceeds will be donated to CLIMB, a support program for children whose parent has cancer, a program close to my heart. As an oncology social worker who attended their training to start this program at our cancer center, I know first hand how much the children and families appreciate the program. Most often, the clinical team is focused on the patient's physical care, while the patient/parent is most concerned about how to tell their child (ren) about the diagnosis and how they will support them. CLIMB teaches children (and parents) the facts about cancer, that they did not cause this disease, normalize their feelings, and be around other other children who are going through similar experiences. My hope is to continue to increase the percentage as the brand grows so that more parents have access to this program. To learn more details about this program, click here.
Thank you for taking the time to be here today. Your support goes beyond words can say.
With much gratitude,