8 Indie Designers Hiding At Mass Retailers

Don't get us wrong: We love shopping at big, mass-retail stores. But, we also dream of being the savvy sartorialist who lands the rare find, discovers a new designer, and walks away with something that won't be spotted on 10 different people within a city-block radius. Thankfully, there's a way to satisfy both of those desires. And, we scouted out eight such examples hiding in the racks and on the e-commerce sites of some major merchandisers.
From clothing to home and accessories to stationery, little bits of indie are everywhere. That is, if you know where to look. Ahead, we pinpointed a few of the current small(er) stars you can find in bigger markets. But, be sure to grab them fast. Once these capsule collections are sold out, it's usually for good.
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Photo: Courtesy of Madewell.
Madewell x Honeydew
While you could head to a department store in search of cute, comfy Honeydew intimates, we much prefer shopping the offerings through another designer favorite, Madewell. The two coupled up to create a small collection of lacy underthings that are sweet but not saccharine and sexy but don't try too hard.
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Photo: Courtesy of American Apparel.
KESH x American Apparel
For a brand that's mastered the basics, American Apparel also shows indie love by way of collaborations. One of its latest, with L.A. artist KESH, features an eye-catching print splashed across pieces for men and women.
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Photo: Courtesy of Club Monaco.
Mayle for Club Monaco
While the label Mayle may have shut down back in 2008, the chic, wear-every-day designs from Jane Mayle still live on in her collection for Club Monaco. And, considering this collaboration has been ongoing for the past year, we have high hopes that Jayne will be in our lives — and closets — for good.
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Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie.
Alexandra Grecco x Anthropologie
Anthropologie kinda kills it as far as indie designers go. Its Made In Kind collections have rotated with offerings from indie darlings such as Samantha Pleet and Karen Walker. Currently, though, Anthro is presenting a partnership with N.Y.-based designer Alexandra Grecco with a strong emphasis on party dresses. Frock on.
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Photo: Courtesy of West Elm.
West Elm x Baggu
We always considered Baggu to have some of the most perfect carryalls for those who tend to pack everything but the kitchen sink in their purses. But, when it teamed with West Elm and got a pretty, latex-dipped detail, its bags might have become even better.
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Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew.
Sugar Paper For J.Crew
J.Crew changed the game when it launched its own wedding wear, and since then, the retailer has only expanded further into the bridal realm. With its recent collaboration with L.A.-based Sugar Paper, J.Crew is now offering things like invites, planning books, and coasters. These two totally have the bride's back.
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Photo: Courtesy of Steven Alan.
Faribault Woolen Mill Co. x Steven Alan
A modern-day obsession and a company that's been producing wool since the mid-19th century pair up to create this cozy collaboration between Steven Alan and Faribault Woolen Mill Co. The small lineup of throws and pillows makes for great housewarming gifts or — oops! — a few late holiday presents.
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Photo: Courtesy of Swatch.
Mika x Swatch
Mika is a Beirut-born, London/Paris-bred artist, and his quirky designs for Swatch are not for the faint of heart. With a mix of colors and patterns, Mika's custom-designed timepieces are as statement-making as they are practical — and we're confident your wrists will certainly stand out from your friends'.