We loved GuestofaGuest writer Kermichelle Leo post on her favorite up-and-coming designers living in the “concrete jungle” so much that we thought it was worth reposting on wonderMode to give the designers a shout out as well!
Yara Flinn, the designer behind Nomia, launched her line in Spring 2007. She got her big break when her designs were selected to be sold by Barney’s New York. Her line has since then been sold in Steve Alan, Oak and In God We Trust. Nomia has also been featured in Elle, Nylon, WWD among others and has put on well received runway shows each season.
Her sculptured designs are simple yet stylish, with beautifully tailored cut-outs showing just the right amount of skin.
Brooklyn Thread founder Joanna Torres, is an self-taught independent jewelry and accessories designer. She describes her designs as urban chic meets bohemian.
The brand founded in 2009 thrives on exclusivity because, as she says, “after all who wants to wear the same thing as the next girl.”
If you’re into the “stacked on” accessories trend, her pieces make great additions to your collection.
Anna Zeman and Aja Singer
Alex & Eli founded by Anna Zeman and Aja Singer is a label which mixes tailored silhouettes and unexpected detailing creating suiting for women. Both women are graduates of Parson’s University and started their label in 2008. They have been featured in Bazaar and Marie Claire to name a few.
The Alex & Eli collection is sophisticated but sexy, perfect for women who love the tailored look and want to maintain their femininity.
Emily Gellis and SJ Choo
Emily Cho was founded in April 2010 by Emily Gellis and SJ Cho. Emily is a graduate of NYU and was a buyer for Intermix. SJ grew up in South Korea studying oriental painting. The brand founded in 2010, provide high end luxury products at affordable contemporary prices. The handbags have been sold in top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Fred Segal Boutique, Scoop and more.
The handbags can add and edge to any simple outfit. They are definitely stand out accessories and come in great assortment of colors and prints.
Erro, the label of Anna Larson was founded in 2009 for “wanderers urban warriors who are effortlessly cool, restless with energy and keen to veer off the beaten path.” Her designs are intended for strong, fearless women such as herself. A percentage of all her sales are donated to help stray dogs. The line has been featured in The New York Times Style Mag.
You really can’t go wrong with black clothing. Erro is perfect for the rebellious girl and her sexy designs can turn up any wardrobe.
Alejandro Ingelmo comes from four generations of shoemakers. He graduated from Parsons and has developed a strong following especially with his line of shoes for men. As his reputation continues to build, don’t be surprised if Alejandro Ingelmo becomes a household name within the next few years.
Alejandro presents a fresh perspective on women and men’s shoes. His versatile line of shoes can definitely turn heads. You can dress them down for work and dress them up for the night.
Julian Louie launched his clothing line in 2009 and described it as “one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done.” He completed an internship at Calvin Klein and was selected by Francisco Costa to participate in Italian Vogue and Australian Wool Innovation’s Protege Project where he and a few other designers created capsule collections that were shown in Florence, Tokyo and Sydney which brought him much praise. He recently collaborated with Aldo Shoes on a collection.
Julian’s designs have an airy, relaxed look while still being chic. His effortless designs can elevate any woman’s closet.
Satya Twena’s hat collection is inspired by her childhood in an artistic family and her experiences as an interior designer.
Satya attended Wellesley College, Parsons for Interior Design and FIT for Millinery. In 2010, she opened her studio in NYC. She has been featured in Elle, Vogue and her collections have also made appearances on Gossip Girl.
If you want stylish headwear for the upcoming winter months, Satya Twena’s line of hats can add the edge that you need.
Linh Thi Do and Christine Rhee- Eleven Objects
Linh Thi Do and Christine Rhee are the duo behind Eleven Objects – a line of edgy, stylish collars. Linh has experience with big names in the industry such as Doo. Ri and Alexander Wang while Christine is a graduate or Princeton University
The collars are wearable by both men and women with the men’s collars being more a little more subtle. If you’re looking to “spruce up” your neck-wear, this brand is definitely one worth checking out.
Bodkin was founded in 2008 by Eviana Hartman. Her goal was to style experience developed while working at Vogue, Teen Vogue and Nylon. Bodkin was the inaugural recipient of the Ecco Domani Sustainable Design Award in 2009.
“Go Green” enthusiasts will love Eviana’s line as she only uses environmentally friendly material and production processes to produce her garments. Her pieces are ultra comfy and great for layering.
Danielle and Jodie Snyder- DANNIJO
DANNIJO was founded in 2008 by sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder. Danielle combines her “rocker vibe” with Jodie’s sophistication to create designs with a strong celeb following such as Blake Lively, Natalie Portman and Rihanna. Their jewelry is sold at select stores such as Bergdorf and Lane Crawford.
Both sisters were also listed in Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30: America’s Coolest Entrepreneurs.
Brooklyn native Mali Romeo is the designer behind MUS a line of minimalistic chic designs for women. She has been making a name for herself in the fashion industry ever since she launched her brand in 2009 at the age of 18. She has quickly gathered a strong following.
Her color block skirts are one of the highlights of her line and an easy way to look stylish without trying too hard.
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