15 Fave Shop Owners' Spring Fashion Picks

Let's face the facts: Much of the country is up to its knees in slush, and a very reliable and climate-attuned rodent has confirmed you may as well get used to it — thanks a lot, Punxsutawney Phil. Yes, it's a long, chilly road to March 20. And, while you could spend the next few weeks wallowing in your winter blues, you could also be proactive and spend this time plotting your grand sartorial entrance into spring. Ready for that glorious awakening? We thought so. That's why we reached out to 15 of our favorite shop owners from around the world to find out exactly what their best bets are for warmer-weather buys.
From Brooklyn to Rio de Janeiro to Portland, Paris, and back, these boutique owners and buyers have not only seen it all, but they've also predicted what they think will sell. And, this is advice you've gotta trust — a unique combination of experience and skill at overcoming challenges makes this group of tastemakers exceptionally intuitive. So, now that spring deliveries have begun trickling into stores (we know, crazy!), we're sharing this savvy set's favorite fashion picks — they're just the inspirational jumping-off point we need as we look to sunnier days ahead.
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"Updated with the mesh detail and sling-back shape, our take on the oxford is one of the things I’m most excited about from our spring collection. They are easy, comfortable, and versatile enough to go with a wide range of looks. They also look great styled with socks." —Steven Alan, owner of Steven Alan, New York, NY
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"Simone Rocha’s embroidered, plasticized dress is the perfect mix of elegant, ladylike, and cool. Her pieces are always fun to wear, statement-making, and, most importantly, original." —Rebecca Osei Badoo, focus and womenswear buyer, Browns, London, U.K.
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"The perfect spring jacket — it's lightweight with a slouchy silhouette that adds a little edge to any outfit. It's a piece from the first collection of L.A.-based brand Achro. The duo of talented designers (one of whom hails from Alexander Wang) caught our eye with their minimalist and affordable designs." —Ashley Turchin, cofounder, Anthom, Washington, D.C.

"This top combines all of my favorite elements into one shirt: structure, color, and print; versatility (can be easily worn with pleated trousers or jeans); and a modern, boxy silhouette. It’s designed by one of our favorite Aussie labels, Finders Keepers.” —Carla Cabrera, cofounder, Anthom, Los Angeles, CA

Achro Slouchy Drape Front Jacket, $120, available at Anthom; Finders Keepers Leaf Print Boxy Crop Top. $95, available at Anthom.
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"Converse shoes are classic and ageless, while Isolda prints — check them out if you're not familiar with this Brazilian designer's collection — are punchy and charming. When you put the two together, you have a cool, modern, comfortable, and affordable accessory with a twist!" —Roberta Damasceno, owner, Dona Coisa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Converse x Isolda Hi-Top Classic, $113, available at Dona Coisa.
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"I am absolutely in love with the new tie-dyed, washed silk pants from Los Angeles-based designer Raquel Allegra. She is one of my favorite designers, and hardly a day goes by without me wearing one of her signature, draped designs. These pants are incredible because they are so versatile. They are as soft as pajamas, but they are still nicely tailored and look more chic than slouch. They will look great now with an oversized cashmere sweater, a structured jacket, and ankle boots, but will be perfect rolled up and worn with a tank top and Birkenstocks this summer. I bought myself a pair last week and have already worn them twice!" —Jen Mankins, owner, Bird, Brooklyn, NY
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"This is our very own in-house label KINO's backpack, and I'm incredibly proud to show it off. It's handmade in the heart of Tel Aviv from African fabrics and Italian leather. We sought to create a backpack that is both super chic yet extremely practical with inner and outer pockets and a large compartment that will fit even your oldest and heaviest laptop. The color palette for the KINO spring '14 collection is earthy with deep navies, browns, and reds, which pair up perfectly with the hot Israeli summer uniform: jean shorts, white tee, and flip-flops." —Inbal Boussiba, owner, Belle & Sue, Tel Aviv, Israel

KINO Woodstock Backpack, $150, available at Belle & Sue.
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"This is one of my all-time-favorite R.C. pieces. I like to wear clothes that have effortless style and feel good on the body. The Popcorn Dress exemplifies these traits perfectly. It has beautiful architecture, is made from a soft printed cotton voile, and it has pockets! Need I say more?" —Pamela Baker-Miller, owner of Frances May, Portland, OR
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"We chose a pair of running shoes from French running-shoe company Veja. Pastel colors feel surprising for this style of shoe, and that's why we love them so much! They're ideal for a long walk through the city." —Sébastien Kopp and Ghislain Morillon, cofounders, Centre Commercial, Paris, France

Veja Arcade Sun Bellini Sneakers, $130, available at Centre Commercial.
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"This washed Japanese linen dress will be a staple classic in your closet for years and years. Wear it now over a turtleneck and pants or with a T-shirt, chunky cardigan, and wool tights. When it finally warms up, it's perfect for beach day to summer night." —Jade Lai, Creatures Of Comfort, New York, NY

Creatures Of Comfort Desa Dress, $506, available at Creatures Of Comfort.
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"Clutches in fun designs or bright colors are great for spring. The 'Webster Dictionary' is an exclusive embroidered clutch that Olympia Le-Tan designed for my store, and I just love the fun play on the dictionary and our name!" —Laure Heriard Dubreuil, owner, The Webster, Miami, FL

Olympia Le-Tan World Exclsuive Clutch, $2,050, available at The Webster via Farfetch.
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"Rachel Comey is a go-to designer for us because her collection is cool but so wearable and somehow just never gets old, so they're investment pieces. This soft, charcoal silk trench is a perfect go-with-everything piece for spring. Drape-y silk coats are a year-round staple for us in California, but everyone can get into this for spring (maybe late spring in NYC!)." —Kristen Lee, owner, Ten Over Six, Los Angeles, CA

Rachel Comey Motion Trench, $633, available at Ten Over Six.
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"We are SO excited to now carry Suno, and this piece is totally seasonless. Wear it now with tights, boots, and a trench, or hop a plane to the Caribbean this weekend and rock it with sandals and bare legs in a warmer climate." —Loriann Smoak, owner, Condor, New York, NY

Suno 3/4 Sleeve Flare Dress, $598, available at Condor.
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"The Susie Blue Overalls from Friend Of Mine are getting some serious blogger coverage at the moment. It's the perfect pull-on overall. Slip it on with a stripe tee and some sneakers. I predict these being the hit of festival season!" —Jackie Kinrade, manager, The Grand Social, Sydney, Australia

Friend Of Mine Susie Blue Overalls, $160, available at The Grand Social.

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