16 Indie Designers You Should Be Shopping

There’s nothing we love more than the hunt for a new, out-of-the-blue, up-and-coming designer. Sure, we’ll always adore the classics (we’re looking at you Donna, Ralph, and Calvin), but it’s those special little gems that kind of appear out of nowhere that make our fashion hearts explode.
And, since we're smack in the middle of the “season of giving,” we’re sharing a glimpse of our favorite indie brands to watch. (Remember when we first spotted Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang?!) The best part? We’re taking it one step further. We wouldn’t just show you these 16 new designers — click through to actually shop (you know, to buy that early gift for yourself) the new cream of the fashion crop ahead. And, get ready for the moment when this slew of prodigies blows up. In three, two, one…
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Susan Alexandra
After stints at Jean Paul Gaultier, Jill Platner, and Interview magazine, Midwestern-bred Susan Alexandra set out to paint her town line of accessories the most vibrant, colorful, whimsical patterns, like, ever. Cue the 1950s Barbie cat-eye-inspired bracelets.

Susan Alexandra Eye See Bracelet, $90, available at Susan Alexandra.
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Kule
After giving birth to her second child in 2001, designer Nikki Kule launched the first American collection of luxury kid’s clothing. And, once her own little ones had outgrown the duds they admired, she introduced her women’s line in 2011, which consists of everything from wear-everywhere shoulder bags to super-cool coat dresses.

Kule Bacall Double-Breasted Coat Dress, $395, available at Kule.
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Three Floor
This U.K.-based brand is a one-stop shop for everything we need: badass moto jackets, cool dresses, and more.

Three Floor Dear Cara Jacket, $225, available at Three Floor.
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Fay Andrada
A former MTV designer, Fay Andrada discovered metalsmithing in Portland, Maine, after nearly a decade working in ad agencies in NYC. And, we’re so happy she did. Her metal bracelets, earrings, and necklaces are industrial with just the right touch of femme.

Fay Andrada Nasta Earrings, $165, available at Fay Andrada.
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Reece Hudson
Every editor in the R29 HQ is lusting for a clutch, crossbody, or, well, anything from NYC-based Reece Hudson.

Reece Hudson Siren New Satchel, $1,095, available at Reece Hudson.
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Gillian Steinhardt
As a celeb stylist and costume designer, Gillian Steinhardt has traveled the globe in search of the best subtly statement-making jewels. And, since many times those perfect pieces were captured in her mind, she set out to develop her own line of graphic pieces.

Gillian Steinhardt Origami Trophy Necklace, $880, available at Gillian Steinhardt.
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Black Crane
Representing their Japanese roots, design team Alexander Yamaguchi and Momoko Suzuki launched Black Crane, focusing on comfortable, minimalistic wares.

Black Crane Double Dress, $118.99, available at Need Supply.
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Fausto Puglisi
This Milan designer is rapidly gaining notoriety with his print-infused, wildly colorful collection. We can’t get enough of his tropical-themed spring/summer 2014 line.

Fausto Puglisi Silk Twill Dress, $2,408, available at L’inde Le Palais.
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Kara
NYC-based (and recent Parson’s School of Design in New York and Paris graduate) Sarah Law launched her luxe accessories line only this year, but she’s quickly on the rise as an It bag designer.

Kara Lavender Pebble Leather Bag, $380, available at Kara.
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Apiece Apart
This line of “elevated basics” is chock-full of clean lines, simple silhouettes, crisp tailoring, and the best of the best in fabrics.

Apiece Apart Helena Cropped Blanket Coat, $690, available at Apiece Apart.
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Sacai
Japanese designer Chitose Abe relaunched her label in 2010 and quickly garnered a massive fan base with her womenswear and menswear lines featuring functional, downtown-street dresses, coats, knits, and everything in between.

Sacai Zebra Print Fringed Hem Sweater, $1,059, available at Barneys New York.
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Mother Of Pearl
Mix downtown-cool sportswear with a dash of print and a touch of luxurious fabrics, and what do you get? U.K.-based cult label Mother Of Pearl.

Mother Of Pearl + Jim Lambie Striped Silk Top, $440, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Valentine Gauthier
Trained by both Rochas and Martin Margiela, this young Parisian-based designer debuted her namesake label in 2008, sourcing fabrics (like pima cotton and alpaca) globally, creating beautiful (everyday-wearable) collections season after season.

Valentine Gauthier Augustine Fringe Jacket, $385, available at Ethica.
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Laura Vela
Spanish designer Laura Vela knows what it takes to produce the dreamiest leather goods. Case in point: this colorblock stunner.

Laura Vela Pari Bag, $350, available at Laura Vela.
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Tia Cibani
The former creative director of Ports 1961, this R29 fave is quickly on the rise to becoming the fashion darling of NYC with her fun take on the classics we know and love (deconstructed white shirts, cape-sleeve blazers, and so on).

Tia Cibani Slim Sleeve Blouse, $444.50, available at Tia Cibani.
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Whit
Whitney Pozgay started her career at kate spade new york (where she played a crucial role in relaunching its apparel line). So, it came as no surprise when this budding designer leapt to Steven Alan in 2007 to run the womenswear division and ultimately ventured out on her own to create her dreamy collection Whit.

Whit Shimmery Tweed Button Coat & Wide-Stripe Jersey Dress, $698, available at Neiman Marcus.
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