From left to right : Sarah Richards, Ann Yee, Shana Luther, Susan Domelsmith, Rosa Ng, Annis Tan, Tabitha St. Bernard Jacobs, Michelle Smith McLaughlin, Katherine Kung
While Ann Yee hails from the great American industrial city of Detroit, she has made her home and her business here in New York City. Ann Yee Collection reflects the influence of city life on the designer, both in inspiration and construction. As an authority in mixing slouchy knits with structured layering pieces, Ann imbues her collection with the same type of chic ease that she personally advocates. She creates collections in effortlessly cool palettes, and pieces that transition well from season-to-season, and between urban biomes.
While knitwear has become the focus of Ann Yee Collection, one can always expect sophisticated angles and plays on proportion, as tailored jackets and cropped trousers compliment the relaxed vibe of the beautiful sweaters. The designer thoughtfully sources cashmere blends, structured tweeds, felted wool; fabrics that are simultaneously durable and sumptuous.
Ann Yee’s personal style has been featured in almost just as many notable publications as her collections have, TimeOut magazine even called her one of the Most Stylish New Yorkers of 2013.
Founded by Annis Tan, Anvy is a contemporary designer brand based and made in New York City. Combining a sharp edge and uncompromising sophistication with Asian traditional style, Anvy is dominated by dark colors and unusual graphic prints. Her most recent collection features minimalistic boxy tops cut in 100% silk and organza and floral printed slim pants in 100% cotton sateen.
Early concepts of the line were inspired by a mandarin dress that the designer found in her old history book. When looking for a similar design for herself, she couldn't find anything that suited her personality; leading to the creation of Anvy: a line of unconventional pieces for a forward thinking customer.
Michelle Smith McLaughlin is a ceramic artist and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Calyer Ceramics, named after the street she lives and works on in Greenpoint, developed initially from a natural interest and history working with the medium. She has a knack for creating beautiful handmade objects injected with a sense of whimsy. This is evident in her bowls, mugs, vases and stripey spoons, which are playfully designed without sacrificing function. Her pieces blend cool glazes and colors with simple lines and shapes that are sure to brighten up any table or kitchen in your home.
Dirty Librarian Chains
Dirty Librarian Chains was founded by designer Susan Domelsmith, inspired by the belief avant-garde fashion can be sustainable. Her collection is founded on a zero waste design model and ensures the production of every piece utilizes USA made materials dating from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Referencing the surroundings of her NYC home base, Domelsmith incorporates bold retro-futuristic structures into her jewelry designs. For nearly a decade, her work has been at the forefront of the sustainable fashion jewelry movement and has offered alternatives to inspire others to also think about the issue of wasteful fast fashion manufacturing.
Her collection has been seen many times on the runway during New York Fashion Week as well as featured in countless publications including British Vogue, Elle, NY Magazine, Huffington Post, WWD, and Teen Vogue. Her distinct collection has gained many celebrity followers, and her pieces have been worn by Jessica Alba, Eve, Anne Hathaway, Debbie Harry, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Princess Superstar and Emily Deschanel.
Originally from Hong Kong, Katherine Kung founded her line of elegant and timeless garments in NYC. With a wealth of international exposure and inspired by her own social surroundings, Katherine applies traditional Eastern and innovative Western influences cultivate her own unique aesthetic.
She received her education in Fine Arts and Fashion Design at School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology respectively. During her young years, she apprenticed with design houses such as Donna Karan, Catherine Malandrino, Reem Acra, and, Oscar de la Renta. Her pieces are effortlessly ladylike, featuring linen and organza pieces that are perfect for spring and summer.
Richards was founded by New York City native Sarah Leslie Richards in 2012. With a BFA in Apparel Design from RISD, she has worked with an impressive range of established designers including Proenza Schouler, Diane Von Furstenberg, Peter Som, Opening Ceremony, Doo.Ri, and Tory Burch.
The designer launched her eponymous line with a memorable S/S 13 collection of silk garments featuring hyper-real images of nature that established the brand's distinct aesthetic early on - one that reflects the influence of technology and the internet as inspiration. Her digitally rendered prints function like pieces of wearable art; they strike viewer with optical illusions and futuristic imagery in rich colors and intricate patterns.
Shana designs her line of leather handbags for the girl who is equal parts urban bohemian, distinct, refined, and always current. She founded the line on the belief that modern, clean design should be made with thoughtfully sourced materials and impressive craftsmanship. Luxurious yet tough, her designs are meant to hold your daily essentials and to be worn through the seasons.
Her line of locally produced handbags and wallets come in top grain leather in rich colors and are lined with a light cotton print. Shana always strives to manufacture with US based vendors and closely follows the entire production process to ensure impeccable quality on all of her designs. From her classic totes to the super modern printed mini wallets, all of her products are meant to age beautifully over time with use.
Tabii Just is a zero waste line of womenswear that is designed and made in Brooklyn, NYC by Tabitha St. Bernard. Zero waste means that excess fabric is never thrown out - it is recycled and used to make shopping bags, makeup bags or travel bags, depending on the amount of waste. The rest is sent to Bramcrackers Baby to use in their stuffed animals.
The line was founded on the belief that design can be sustainable, without sacrificing beauty and style. By supporting local vendors and manufacturers, Tabii Just can keep business back home while ensuring quality control is closely monitored and maintained. Her garments are meant to complement women who draw attention to their style simply by being. With dresses and skirts cut in simple silhouettes and vibrant colors, they are effortlessly chic and easy to wear with a variety of looks.
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