8 Inspiring D.C. Designers To Watch

Washington isn't exactly known for a booming fashion industry — if anything, it's been more of a launchpad for design-minded folks to head to New York or L.A. But these days, there's a handful of talented designers who are choosing to live and work here, right under your nose. Ahead, get familiar with some new (and a few familiar) faces reinventing the D.C. style scene.
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DeNada Design's Virginia Arrisueño has been crushing the knitwear game for a few years now, but her newest designs have made us fall in love all over again. The fall collection is due to launch on the website next week. It's a cozy selection of thick scarves, infinity cowls, and peek-a-boo arm warmers — all made from soft alpaca — that we want need for the cold days ahead.

DeNada Design Woven Shawl, $235, available at DeNada Design.
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DeNada Design Infinity Rays Scarf, $135, available at DeNada Design.
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DeNada Design Fingerless Armwarmers with Peek-a-boo Elbow, $42, available at DeNada Design.
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Jewelry designer Cameron Archer of Saint Clair suffered a devastating house fire earlier this year that destroyed her tools and materials. But, she has managed to bounce back with some truly awesome new pieces. We're loving how Archer balances symmetry with the occasional offbeat element, like oddly-sized stones.

Saint Clair Yava Necklace, $72, available at Saint Clair.
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Saint Clair Anouk Necklace, $142, available at Saint Clair.
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Saint Clair Nannette Necklace, $142, available at Saint Clair.
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Since 2005, DURKL has established a rep for streetwear with equal parts attitude and attention to detail. The brand has big things in store for the end of 2013, with the opening of Maketto — a communal marketplace that will house a DURKL flagship, a dining concept from Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground, and a cafe from Vigilante Coffee.

DURKL Alpine Parka, $184, available at DURKL.
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DURKL Deal Twill Denim, $90, available at DURKL.
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DURKL Preacher Shirt, $76, available at DURKL.
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Art Deco and edgy influences collide in designer Sophie Blake's eponymous collection. Produced in New York City, the pieces incorporate vintage chains, stones, and embellishments for a cool variation on old-meets-new. The latest collection, dubbed The Passage, is inspired by navigation and features French Jet vintage glass and Swarovski embellishments.

Sophie Blake Kiya Earrings, $165, available at Sophie Blake.
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Sophie Blank Daphne Cuff, $260, available at Sophie Blake.
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Sophie Blank Hana Earrings, $260, available at Sophie Blake.
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Native Danger, the brainchild of designer Skyler Javier, captured our eye with clean, modern lines, futuristic fabrics, and innovative-yet-functional pieces. We're excited to see what Javier has up his (most likely removable) sleeve in 2014.

Native Danger LambSkin MotoTech Jacket, $495, available at Native Danger.
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Native Danger Umbre Short Sleeve Print Shirt, $150, available at Native Danger.
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Native Danger Roll Top Messenger, $400, available at Native Danger.
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If adding a little flair with leather is your M.O., you'll want to get acquainted with Twisted Aristocrat. From tassel earrings to chic fringe clutches, the line is a one-stop shop for all your accessory needs.

Twisted Aristocrat Grey Snake Micro Clutch, $60, available at Twisted Aristocrat.
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Twisted Aristocrat Royal Blue Strand Necklace, $55, available at Twisted Aristocrat.
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Twisted Aristocrat Teal Leopard Cuff, $40, available at Twisted Aristocrat.
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Riding the current wave of custom-fit suiting for men, NUMARI gives ladies the same bespoke treatment with a line of dresses tailored to 15 of your body measurements. With a collection of six styles available, you're pretty much guaranteed to find the perfect dress.

NUMARI Diagonal Color Block Sheath, $350, available at NUMARI.
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NUMARI Diagonal Color Block Sheath, $350, available at NUMARI
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NUMARI Diagonal Drape Sheath, $350, available at NUMARI
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Founder Nisha Thirumurthy created Kalaa, a work-friendly contemporary womenswear line, with the idea of celebrating textile arts from around the world. The first collection highlights India's rich fabric traditions and is made from textiles created by independent Indian artisans.

Kalaa Diamond Sari Skirt, $385, available at Kalaa.
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Kalaa Diamond Fleur Top, $315, available at Kalaa
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Kalaa Georgette Blouse, $295, and Graphic Herringbone Skirt, $345, available at Kalaa
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