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About Us

Slow Fashion and Timeless Design Pave the Road to Morocco

Mushmina is an ethical fashion brand born out of a love for unique, custom-designed clothing and accessories, preserving traditional methods of skilled artisans, and a passion for world travel. Inspired by the global fashion sensibility of sisters Heather O’Neill and Katie O’Neill to create a socially conscious brand for customers who want to look good and do good, we are committed to the economic empowerment of women and employment of artisans in Morocco.

An embodiment of ethical clothing and timeless style, Mushmina means ‘little sister.’ Our mission is to create a sisterhood of women around the world who together are designing change. More than 80% of the skilled artisans Mushmina collaborates with are women, we partner with over 150 artisans to support handmade craft and small scale production in homes and workshops throughout Morocco.

Join us as we bring a more positive, sustainable future filled with vibrant ethical fashion and accessories right to your door.

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OUR TEAM

Katie O’Neill
Co-founder, Creative Director, Visionary.
Katie O’Neill, co-founder and creative director, has a BFA in Crafts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She started her career as a visual merchandiser for H&M and Ibiza Boutique in New York City. Katie has a strong interest in anthropology and designs fashion and accessories inspired by ancient techniques. She has a love of travel and uses her sense of humor to interpret nostalgia, culture and spiritual essence in her work. After returning from a trip to Mali and Morocco, Katie decided she wanted to start a fashion brand with integrity creating a "feel good" emotional reaction for the wearer. Katie feels a connection to global artisanal craft and believes that there is energy inherent in products that are handmade. With 18 years of experience in the retail industry, Katie serves as Mushmina's creative and retail visionary. Katie calls West Philadelphia home but is envisioning a home in the south of Spain in her near future. 
Read more about Katie on the Mushmina blog.
Contact: katie@mushmina.com

Heather O’Neill
Co-founder, Artisan + Production Liaison, Gender + Development Specialist.
Heather is a designer and social entrepreneur. She has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a Masters Degree in Global Affairs and International Business from New York University. She started her career working as a materials and design specialist for Material ConneXion in NYC and then served as a volunteer small business adviser with the United States Peace Corps in Morocco. She lived in a rural region of Morocco and helped women diversify their line of products for the export market. Since her experience in the Peace Corps, it was her dream to start a company to employ women both in the US and in Morocco. Heather is fluent in Arabic and lives in a rural region outside of Casablanca with her husband, son Youssef, and daughter Hiba, whose name means 'gift' in Arabic. In their free time they enjoy country drives, beach picnics, and spending time in fields of wildflowers.  
Read more about heather on the Mushmina blog here.
Contact: heather@mushmina.com
  
     
Tara Fraiture
Mushmina Blogger & Director of Social Engagement, Sales Ambassador ...among other things.

Tara, an American-British national, is perhaps not your typical ho-hum writer. She has a passion for food (especially if someone else is cooking and cleaning up) and is even more fervent when it comes to guacamole, her favorite pastime. Yes, it can be a pastime. As a mother of three young girls (ages 8, 11, and 13), this is, however, wishful thinking. Throw in a blasé orange cat, plus one husband and this is even more delusional dreaming. As you may be able to see, Tara uses humor in her words. Her go-to mantra is, ‘Writing is cheaper than therapy.” Combining humor with a touch of poignancy is what drew Tara to writing in the first place. After all, she believes if one can laugh, one can survive. Tara and her intrepid family have lived all over the globe from Egypt, Senegal, El Salvador to Qatar. They now call beautiful Morocco their home. She and her husband met as Peace Corps Volunteers in rural Cameroon, Central Africa. Tara leans towards writing about women, particularly stories of empowering those who might not typically be able to tell their tale. She finds inspiration in real stories of real people. In her free time, Tara can be found dancing with her girls, telling bad jokes (the cat thinks she’s funny) and having a Belgian beer with her husband. She is honored to be a part of the Mushmina Team.

Read a story about Tara's experience in the Peace Corps here.

For PR Inquiries Contact: tara@mushmina.com

 

Cindi Raimondo, Sales Ambassador, mentor, and friend. 

If you have visited the Mushmina shop in Wayne PA you likely have met the fabulous Cindi. Pictured here in red, Cindi is a world traveler, henna artist, boutique owner, and stylist. Always looking laid back and fabulous, Cindi owned 'Ruka' one of the first 'global lifestyle' shops in downtown Philadelphia. With a degree from Moore College of Art + Design in Philadelphia, Cindi brings her years of experience in design, retail, and global goods to the Mushmina team. We are grateful to have Cindi as a Mushmina sales ambassador, colleague, and mentor.

Allie Feldman, Fashion + Textile Designer.

Allie joined the Mushmina team as a freelance designer. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design from Drexel University,  Allie is interested in global influence and unique clothing for the modern woman. She is passionate about the environment and sustainability and wants to bring people's attention to who is making their clothing. She wants people to see that it can be made in an ethical manner. Allie is a wiz at creating specs for our unique Mushmina designs. In her spare time Allie enjoys drinking coffee, reading books, getting lost in the mountains, or doing yoga. Originally from the Philadelphia area,  Allie now calls sunny California home.  

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Maryalice Carroll, Order Fufillment Multitasker + Sales Associate

Maryalice is the newest member of the Mushmina team. She is a ceramic artist with a degree in crafts from the University of the Arts and loves all things handmade. Originally from the Jersey shore Maryalice is now based in Doylestown PA, near the Mushmina studio.

 

Kari Dawson, Global Sales Ambassador

Kari was our first Mushmina Global Sales Ambassador and is currently representing Mushmina in the Denver, Colorado area. We met Kari in Casablanca, Morocco when she was teaching art at George Washington Academy.  She has her BFA in Art education and ceramics and thrives best when she is traveling around the world meeting men and women seeking hope, change, sustainable income, and significance. Kari also created her own wholesale brand, Lovely Things LLC, supporting handmades from Morocco, Uganda and hopes to absorb fair trade from all over the world in the near future.

Teresa Groshans, Global Sales Ambassador

Teresa adventured with us & Aluna Adventures to Morocco for the first time on our 'Into the Mystic Retreat' in 2018 and has already returned twice since. A local pilates instructor in our old town of Wayne, PA you can find Teresa working with us as a Mushmina Sales Ambassador at Clover Market as well as other Mainline and Philadelphia markets. We are happy to have her adventurous spirit and first hand love of Morocco on our team! Come meet Teresa to hear of her travels and stories about the Moroccan culture and artisan communities.