Mary Cuffy reflects cultural traditions in the fashion line



Educator and author Mary Cuffy has launched a new clothing line, Carry Your Water, inspired by the balance women achieve on a daily basis. Photo Courtesy of Mary Cuffy –

Mary Cuffy has always been captivated by iconic images of women carrying and swinging objects on their heads. This fascination inspired the launch of her new clothing brand, Carry Your Water.

Cuffy told WMN: “There are so many images of women, especially African women, walking barefoot along the roads balancing things like buckets of water, bundles of wood and goods on the road. head. For me, it symbolizes their strength, courage and determination.

She said that in Victorian times, young women had to balance books, teacups and saucers on their heads while walking to improve their posture.

“It’s all a balancing act, having to deal with day-to-day tasks, relationships, careers and social life. In this day and age when most women have to work, the “bucket” is all a woman can do. A woman motivated by her career is often judged harshly for her choices and priorities, but a woman is not just a daughter, wife or mother. She is all of the above and much more. Is it possible for a woman to have a successful career, to be a good wife and a devoted mother? The answer to this question is in the affirmative.

Mary Cuffy reflects on traditional female roles for her fashion line, Carry Your Water. –

Cuffy, 46, is an educator by profession and is also an author. She writes a children’s series – Learning with Lola – in Sunday Newsday.

She said it was the first time she had stepped out of her comfort zone and tried to conceive. Fashionista by nature, she says she started her “crazy little ones” at her home in Sangre Grande during the first confinement caused by the covid19 pandemic.

“The idea had been in my head for a while and I started writing while in lockdown. So far I have eight pieces of different colors. Some are multicolored, others plain with prints hand painted by a local designer. I also have one in red, white and black for the woman who always wants to represent her country.

She said her pieces can be worn by any woman, as patterns have less to do with body shape than with style.

“It’s for any woman who wants to go out with confidence in something cool. All the pieces are long, but the shoulders are open ”, which gives it a sexy look.

She accentuates them with accessories from other local designers.

“It’s all about support. My brand supports other women with their brands.

Cuffy said her brand will be sold online for now, as she understands that many people are concerned about in-person interactions. But ultimately, she plans to sell from a physical space. At the end of November, she said, her brand will be available on her Facebook page.

“Everything will be at an affordable price. Accessories will be sold separately. “

“A woman,” she said, “has the right to dream and achieve her goals” and to look great while doing it.


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