This may say "About Us" but we are all about YOU!
We work to create a community of support, and we mean that in every way – not just by designing supportive, secure bras, but working with Medical Professionals, Retail Stores and Hospitals within communities to connect you with the information and access you need to get a great compression bra.
The creation of our Hugger bras started with a challenge from an oncologist. The doctor held up a flimsy, post-surgical “bra” (aka tube top) and she said, “Can you do better than this?”
The answer was, emphatically, "YES! We can!"
But what makes Prairie Wear and our Huggers different?
From the very beginning, our intention to create positive impact became focused on the singular goal to create an expertly designed compression bra made with sustainable, high quality materials for people looking for security, support and comfort during an active recovery.
We took all the time we needed to ask lots of questions, get the answers and collaborate with high-powered, caring medical professionals and designers to perfect the science, knits, and technical advantages our Hugger Wearers deserve.
Our mission, our passion, our love is to create positive impact by design and communities of support. With our Huggers, we carry out our mission globally every day and we are honored to be a part of your support team.
Your Support Team
And we mean that in every way!
Holli Leads Your Support Team
Holli Markwald, CEO, Owner, leads the team of dedicated, quirky and totally appreciated Prairie Wear professionals - super amazing folks from all over the world with different areas of expertise, a whole lot of personality, and a huge passion for life with the goal of generating positive global impact, one person and one design at a time :)
Holli wears a Hugger every day, is always the first to wear-test new designs, and she’s also the one tossing the bras into the laundry with dog beds and mop heads to be sure they hold up and won’t need to be handled with delicate care!
Others are taking note of Prairie Wear's success too: Holli has been nominated as one of RBC's Women of Influence for three years running. High five!
If you ever have the pleasure of speaking with our Support & Education Teams, then you already know how serious we are about "Communities of Support" and how thankful we are for the opportunity to share our Huggers with you :)
These Professionals Stand Behind Prairie - And You!
Surgery, oncology and recovery protocols
Strategically chosen surgeons who are recognized for their innovative surgery techniques and their office/operating room team members have worked with us to ensure that our garments work optimally for surgeons and their patients.
Foundation garment design & manufacture
Technical and aesthetic lingerie and underwear technical designers with extensive experience developing functional innovation for intimates collections.
Comfort and recovery support
We have tapped into the expertise of people who know what it takes to get better, and feel better during recovery - including the patients themselves :)
Bra & breast movement science and research
An adjunct professor and leading expert on breast motion with an academic background in textiles and a PhD in exercise science who, after 30 years in the industry, still loves to educate us about boobs and put our garments to the test.
Technical fabrics & performance construction
Designing, developing and producing garments that encompass fashion and function. Our 007 Design Team is always on the lookout for innovation from techniques (seamless) to materials (antibacterial) and beyond.
Why "Prairie" Wear?
Prairies are strong, resilient & beautiful - like you!
Our hearts are tied to the expansive blue sky and endless green fields of the ever-changing, always strong prairie landscape.
Even when the sky isn't blue and the fields are not green, we carry with us the knowledge the sky will once again be blue and the wildflowers will continue to bravely peek out in the spring after a harsh winter.
Our Prairie Wear circle symbolizes the blue sky, green fields and the horns & wings of Prairie beings on the horizon within the global circle of life.
Pretty wordy, we know, so take a minute to just visualize the powerful prairie spirit - with her blue sky, green fields, animals grazing & birds flying in connection with each other.
We super appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your landscape :)
Made with love, safety, sustainability & superior materials :)
Our Huggers are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified!
What does that mean to you?
Every component of our Huggers, including our high-performance, antibacterial yarn, is made from materials that are tested and certified as safe for direct skin contact.
Also, just as important to us, the materials themselves were manufactured sustainably and safely.