ABOUT BUDDHA PANTS
Our mission is to create organic, fun, comfy, multi-functional garments just for you.
BUDDHA PANTSBuddha Pants was founded in December 2012 by Rachel Raab, inspired by a pant brought back from Paris by companion Mae Couture. Similar styles of pants are called Indian pants, harem pants, or guru pants. Buddha pants are all of the above and they fold themselves into their own pocket-bag, making them a perfect travel-ready addition to any wardrobe! They give the illusion of a large triangular skirt but have flexible ankles that can be pulled up on the calf to create different looks.
Founder + PrincipalRaab, an artist and jack of all trades, holds a A.S. degree in Photographic Technology and a B.F.A in Photography with a minor in Graphic Arts. She has been a full time Graphic Designer and part time Printer and Photographer for over a decade now, having opened The Soda Shop, a one stop print and design firm in Savannah, Georgia. With a recent move to Miami Raab was looking to get away from the industry. Her found passion for yoga and her love of Harem Pants presented a superb mix for a new business venture and a new beginning. Raab is now studying part time at FIU for Fashion and dedicating the rest of her days to designing and operating Buddha Pants, LLC. Visit her website...
Supporting FounderEllie Frost, born and raised in Sarasota, spent her early years crafting garments out of rough patterns she designed. One of her most treasured gifts was a tiny sewing machine, received at age 4 on Christmas day. Inspired by her mother, who studied fashion and textiles, she would often be found in her room endlessly sketching the creations she saw in her head. Later in life, while living in Peru, she studied pattern making and began to design a small line of garments. Ellie and Raab met in college circa 2002 both studying photography at Daytona Beach College. After living in Peru for four years and going through big life changes, she was seeking her next venture. Frost and Raab reconnected through Facebook and she relocated to Miami in July 2013 to open her next chapter, helping Raab along this apparel journey. Today they both live and work together in North Miami Beach. Visit her website...
SeamstressChristina Escobar is a seamstress based in Miami Beach, Florida. Escobar is handicapped and still manages to make the most beautiful couture with perfect stitch work. Frost and Raab scavenged through dozens of fabric stores looking for the right material and fun trims and were given Cristina's name by an employee in one of the stores. With both of them having a background in sewing, together with Cristina, they had fabricated a prototype to send to manufacturing, which eventually ended up in the hands of Claudio Milano. Buy her book...
FriendDesigner Caroline Mae Heidenreich graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a BFA in Fashion Design in 2009. She received the Jeffrey Fashion Cares New Talent Award after graduation and started creating custom couture looks for the elite in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Tallahassee, Havana, Miami, and NYC. Caroline Mae Heidenreich, friend and mentor of founder Rachel Raab, is a fashion Designer extraordinaire based out of New York City. Heidenreich and Raab graduated from SCAD together in 2009. Raab, always wearing a baggy pant, fell in love with a harem pant Caroline brought back from Paris in 2008. Raab commissioned her to make several pairs during her fashion studies at SCAD. Somewhere along the line they were nicknamed Buddha Pants. Raab has found many pairs over the last 5 years, scavenging everywhere from markets in Mexico to hippy stores in Charleston, SC. Never finding the perfect comfy pair. Raab and Heidenrich reunited in December 2012 after a few sips of bourbon the drawing pad came out and BuddhaPants.com was bought. Mae now resides in NYC and is busy with her brand and other endeavors. We hope one day she will come on board to have a true Buddha Pants manufactured in her style and design. Visit her website...
ManufacturerBased in Miami, Claudio Milano is high end fashion brand and boutique, dedicated to elegance and class. Once Raab and Frost had the prototype their plan was ready to be executed. Raab, studying fashion at FIU, started reaching out to international companies to begin production, a stressful and discouraging process. At a breaking point Raab sat down and decided to try to reach out to someone locally. After a chance phone call we were connected with a local fashion designer, Claudio Cohen of Claudio Milano. He welcomed us into is office and business with no hesitation, and the process of refining the original prototypes was undertaken. He is our mentor and inspiration. Claudio has helped us perfect all the little things that matter and manufactured the pants in his factory in Vietnam. Visit his website...