Maria McCloy describes herself as an “urban culture-loving publicist, journalist, accessory designer and African print shoes and clutch creator.” She has been working out of Johannesburg since 1997. As a second-year student in Journalism at Rhodes University she co-founded Outrageous Records. The company closed in 2009 but would not be the end of McCloy’s talents and efforts. An avid lover of accessories, it was no surprise she became the founder and head designer for her brand Maria McCloy Accessories that launched in 2012. Creating shoes, jewelry, and clutches, inspired by the colorful lives of those in Johannesburg, McCloy’s accessories are well sought out.
In 2017 McCloy was chosen as 1 of 6 designers to collaborate with Woolworths, one of the largest Department Stores in South Africa. Her brand is currently available at Woolworths and now The Narativ.
About her brand McCloy says, “My brand philosophy is simple: African aesthetics, traditions and design are as relevant as any other culture’s. Africa is not a faddish trend – our designs should be rocked everywhere from the red carpet to corporate boardrooms.”