Maybe it’s just me, but this Spring, a smattering of new designers that I’d never heard of (and now adore) have cropped up from under my radar. It’s gotten to the point where I’m having a hard time keeping track of them all… but in the meantime I thought I’d share just three – that I’m either shopping at regularly… (or wish I was.)
Chinti and Parker
I’m having a little love affair with the British label, Chinti and Parker. I had the pleasure of meeting the founders (cousins, Rachael Wood and Anna Singh,) and they are as lovely as the clothes. They describe their approach as the opposite of fast fashion – setting out to design and produce pieces that you’ll own and wear forever. Plus – everything is organic, carbon neutral, fair trade, and made in the EU. With its soft, all organic cotton (and gorgeous stripes,) I’m totally hooked. I love, love, love… their dresses. Especially, the striped ones… naturally. And the cashmere sweaters. Oh boy.
We’ll just call Ms. Merrick the Queen of Colorblock. She’s been designing since 2007, so why am I just learning about her now? My fault. Anyway… I snagged the Tommy Shirt and am obsessed with it. Merrick is a California native and I absolutely love that she manufactures her product so responsibly – everything is produced in Los Angeles, within walking distance of the design studio.
Markus Lupfer is another designer that just sort of hit me over the head. Lupfer is also based in London. His goal is to produce wearable clothes with an ornamental feel (think of his famous sequin sweaters.) I personally love the stripe dresses, but the sweaters are equally awesome!