Mary Frances grew up being influenced by the vibrant spirit and excitement of the San Francisco Bay Area. For over two decades she has taken her vision and passion for fashion design and forged them into an international venture using artistic influences from around the globe. Mary Frances has twice been named as one of America's fastest-growing, privately-owned companies by INC. Magazine. Mary Frances has also received the Accessory Designer of the Year award at the Dallas Fashion Awards; was acknowledged as "star of the show" during Paris fashion week for two consecutive years, and received the prestigious Best Design award in Milan for her 2013 and 2014 collections.
Mary Frances' focus is not only on creating a beautiful product but on designing product that has a positive impact on the world and us. By purchasing a Mary Frances embellished handbag you are supporting the fine craftspeople of the cottage industry movement in third world countries. This art includes hand beading and embroidery of which takes anywhere from one to three days to complete one handbag. The work is completed by women and men in cities and small villages who otherwise would have worked on construction sites, farm labor, and low wage service jobs. This work gives them dignity and a livelihood which helps supplement their family's income.