"The saga of the American success story, the spread
and dominance of American business enterprise, was once
defined by the phrase: The Self-Made Man. This perception
faded as corporate ensembles took over the engine of commerce.
The occasional Bill Gates still emerges to reaffirm the
dazzling impact that a single entrepreneur of vision can
have, but, for the most part, success stories have become
corporate success stories.
effort evolved into the creation of a major fashion firm which
has grown by leaps and bounds in the last several years. The
creations of the firm are ubiquitously displayed on the pages
of most of the top magazines. Her efforts have also brought
her admiration and recognition for her leadership in many
top charitable, political and educational undertakings. She
has earned many prestigious design and fashion awards, including
such honors as her recent selection as one of the Leading
Women Entrepreneurs of the World.
Greens internationally recognized lingerie firm specializes
in silk undergarments combining the beauty of the finest Chinese
silk with her own creativity and design sense, a blending
that has become her hallmark. The firm also reflects her highly-toned
sense of community and global responsibility and is committed
to sustainable practices benefiting its workers, the community
and the environment.
by her in San Francisco over two decades ago, her womens
line, Mary Green, became so successful that, in 1985, she
extended her collections to include a mens line known
as Mansilk. During the course of her business, Mary Green
has become a hands-on vital force in undergarment fashions.
The high quality luxurious designs have become noted for bringing
to the world of lingerie a vast and spectacular array of new
colors, color combinations, prints and designs rarely found
in this fashion genre. Mary Greens elegant and romantic
items have become a wardrobe staple for some of Hollywoods
most recognizable celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Courtney
Cox Arquette, Bo Derek, Kim Cattrall and Jessica Biel. Her
line was recently featured on Sex and the City,
was worn by Kate Hudson in How to Lose a Guy in Ten
Days and by Brittany Murphy in Uptown Girls.
The Mary Green and Mansilk lingerie are also a favorite subject
of the top fashion magazines. The designs have been featured
repeatedly in Elle, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Lucky,
O Magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, Redbook, Self and Essence.
The Mary Green Camisole was chosen by In Style as one of The
Best Camisoles and her thongs in Marie Claires
Best of the Best feature. In addition, Rolling
Stone magazine nodded Mansilk with Boxer Shorts of the
Mary Greens business savvy and sense of ethical entrepreneurship,
what had started as a small business has grown into a modest
empire that counts over seven thousand vendor locations around
the world, reps all over the United States. Canada and the
EEC as well as twenty five employees at its San Francisco
headquarters. The knitted silk long johns that she designed
and produced in China, pioneered a revolution in innerwear,
and pioneered trade between China and the United States in
the days immediately following the opening of relations between
the two countries. By working with factories in China, Mary
Green has helped to improve working standards for her workers,
and has specifically empowered women by creating executive
positions for them in the manufacturing of her goods. With
her great spirit and sense of the world, Mary Green has also
authored a book, How To Be An Importer and Pay For Your
World Travel, still considered the finest source for
beginning import undertakings.
addition to her business, Mary Green has been a force in both
civic and political causes. Her activities have ranged from
environmental causes to extensive work with children and with
education at all levels. In politics, she has extensive activities
at the highest levels of the political arena.
is joined in her charitable, environmental, educational and
political activism by her husband, whom she met and married
after initiating and achieving her own entrepreneurial success.
The couples homes include a 150 year old historic San
Francisco estate. They often travel the world in pursuit of
their philanthropic activities and the rigors of the exciting
business that is Mary Green."
quoted from marygreen.com