• A bra so comfortable you'll want to wear it 24/7, so clever you can. Our Huggers are expertly designed bras that feel like a hug. With options on coverage and compression, and an Extender to flex your size, this could be the most comfortable bra ever.

About Prairie Wear

The title on this page may say, “About Us,” but really, we’re all about YOU! 

Most of our customers have been through a lot. We know because we talk to you every day.

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 provide customers with the information and access that they need.

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?”

Challenge accepted :)

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 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.

Our Easy Wear & Easy Care Promise

We believe women just shouldn't have to spend so much time thinking about their bra.

Here's our promise to you:

Easy Wear

Super Simple Sizing

One quick glance at our size chart, and you'll discover that one measurement is all you need

Effortless to put on and take off

Even with limited mobility, most women won't need help (a win for independence and modesty)

Comfortable fit

We took away the seams and underwires, the tight straps and shoulder pain, rigidity and restrictions, and delivered.... ahhhhh.

Easy Care

Machine wash and dry

You won't even need the delicate cycle (we've even tested ours by washing with mop heads and dog beds)

Strong, safe & durable fabrics

There's no need to "handle with care" or replace every few months.


We've worn our bras for days, sleeping in them overnight, heading to the gym, and hiking outdoors.

They stay fresh..AND..keep their shape :)

Your Support Team

And we mean that in every way!

Holli Leads Your Support Team

Holli Markwald 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 :)

Something you might not know, Holli’s also the first one wear-testing new designs and wears a Hugger every day. Just FYI, 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 two 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 :)

Holli Markwald Prairie Wear

These Professionals Stand Behind Prairie  - And You!

Post-Surgical Bra, Lymphedema Bra, Every Day Bra - Expertly designed by medical and technical professionals.

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”? 

So, Prairie Wear, why did you choose "prairie"?

Our hearts are tied to the expansive blue sky and endless green fields of the ever-changing, always strong prairie landscape.

The prairie powerfully reminds us that, 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 even after a harsh winter. 

Our Prairie Wear circle logo 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.

Our Prairie Wear Team super appreciates the opportunity to be a part of your landscape :)

You may have seen us at these conferences for surgeons, medical professionals, lymphedema specialists, and breast cancer support options. Hugger bras are used as Post-surgical bras, lymphedema bras, everyday bras and also as chemo bras, nursing bras.

You may have seen us here :)

Learn from the experts who've tried our Hugger bras - some articles, blogs, interviews and stories from those who love our Huggers bras as running bras, post-surgical bras, everyday bras, lymphedema bras and more.

In the Media

Find a retail store, medical store, hospital or medical professional near you that has our Huggers and can help you pick the right one for your bra needs.

Retails Stores / Hospitals / with Medical Professionals