Independent Designer

Interview: KARA Founder and Designer Sarah Law
KARA bags appeared from nowhere and suddenly were everywhere, from the shoulders of design-lovers to actors and the Insta-famous. The now-signature leather backpacks are instantly recognizable, despite bearing no branding aside from a discreetly embossed...
Du Zen! Leather Bags
Founded by former industrial and graphic designer Samantha Rogers (née Duzenman), Australian label Du Zen! handcrafts high-quality leather bags locally in Melbourne, some of which come in unusual but wearable colorways. The brand also ignores traditional...
Tiny Cloud Lamp
In his Brooklyn studio, designer Richard Clarkson makes fluffy clouds. The Smart Cloud can emulate a storm, with thunder and lightning, and the smaller Tiny Cloud also hides a Bluetooth speaker, flashing along to the music with color-changing lights...
Microsuede Navy Satchel
Independent designer Danielle Ribner makes (with all production staying in NYC and the Garment District) romantic womenswear under her label Loup, especially jumpsuits and pants that make bottoms both tasteful and fun. Debuting accessories for the...
SIG (So It Goes) the Label
Launched last month, new Australian brand SIG The Label (SIG short for "So It Goes") reminds us that there's incredible sophistication in monochrome—and that relaxed and high fashion aren't mutually exclusive words. Adelaide designer Kate Anderson...
Maggie Thompson's Makwa Studio
Minneapolis-based textile artist Maggie Thompson has been grappling with ideas, perceptions and systems of authenticity from the moment she was born. With a Native American father and an Irish-German mother, she's met with questions every step...
Future Glory Co Bags
Founded by Theresa Lee (whose resume includes a decade of working in design, from being Design Director at DODOcase to Art Director at Sephora/LVMH), SF-based Future Glory Co takes the art of bag design with sincerity. With four different collections...
NOE Garments Launches Swimwear
Founded by twin sisters, NOE Garments melds function and fashion in their thoughtfully made intimates that find sexiness in non-traditional styles and materials. From supportive zip-back racers to bras with thick, bold straps, NOE pieces encourage...
Hand-Painted Pouch
Designed by Kathi Keppel and made with love in New Orleans, DVRA's bags and apparel channel warm tropical goodness thanks to papayas, banana leaves and pineapple motifs. She's collaborated with local artist collective MILAGROS (whose installation work...
Paloma Germain Turbans
Paloma Germain made quite the first impression during our chance encounter in Tuileries Garden in Paris. She stood out from the picnicking locals and camera-toting visitors because of the way she instinctively held her head high, hair tucked into...
Atlantic Textile
A stand-out from design duo Saint Atma's Fall/Winter 2015 collection, the large Atlantic Textile is a versatile piece that can be wrapped around the shoulders, set on the table or bed, even hung on the wall. We love the unique rough softness of the...
Hand-Painted Bike Helmets
NYC's Danielle Baskin designs and paints landscapes, video game throwbacks, educational charts and even internet memes and emojis through her one-woman company, Inkwell Helmets, proving the slightly dorky safety precaution is just as fun and customizable...
Fuck It Enamel Pin
Tortonto-based graphic designer Marta Ryczko's side project Weekender Supply Co. is a treasure chest of feels in pin form, whether you're feeling tangled or abstract. Her most bold offering, the "Fuck It" enamel pin, lets the accessory do the talking...
Studio 189's SS16 Collection
Co-founded in 2013 by actress Rosario Dawson and former Bottega Veneta associate communications director Abrima Erwiah, Studio 189 isn't just an emerging fashion brand started by two longtime friends. It's a movement creating opportunities in a place...
Circular Series by Julia Gabriel Studio
Launched last year, Julia Gabriel creates bags, all handmade—from beginning to end—in Houston, Texas. Under the name Julia Gabriel Studio, the brand came to be after she finished college (where she studied fine art) and was exploring ways to blend...
Myself Pennant
Get with the winning team with graphic designer Adam J Kurtz's (aka AdamJK) "Myself" pennant. Put the sparkly banner somewhere you'll see it daily for a regular memo that you are the best, or give it to somebody who might need the reminder.
Camera Swagg
Photographers know the burden of carrying around two or more cameras in order to never miss that perfect moment. Lightening the load is Oklahoma-based Matthew Swaggart, whose sturdy, handmade leather multi-camera harness (dubbed the "MoneyMaker") lets...
Food-Themed Pins and Brooches
Over the past couple of years enamel pins of all kinds have seen a huge comeback—from the NYC-made sporty and playful Prize Pins, to Melbourne-based Georgia Perry's celebrity portraits and Hungry Eyes' personified dishes. Food-themed apparel also saw...
Carla Colour Eyewear
Brisbane-raised and Brooklyn-based Carla Robertson had been working as a television producer for about 15 years until a few major life events put everything into focus. "I've always dreamed about doing a line of eyewear—and then I got pregnant...
Fabric-Focused Womenswear by Zii Ropa
Since moving to Mexico three and half years ago, Vancouver native Bridget Tidey has started her own unique clothing line Zii Ropa. Founded just last year, the brand's aesthetic is comfortable yet flattering, durable yet sophisticated and is "inspired...
Functional, Sophisticated Proper Assembly Bags
In the boundless sea of bag options out there, one unisex drawstring option—made from durable Italian wool and with shoulder-pads made from American vegetable tanned leather (and clocking in at less than a pound)—caught our eye. It first garnered...
Handmade Pajamas
For those who have been wearing the same T-shirt to bed for the past few years, upgrade your sleep style with these handmade pajamas from young Istanbul collective Poplin Homewear. With a focus on lightweight, pure fabrics—like sheer voile—many of...
Big Bud Press Pins
Digital artist Lacey Micallef's lo-fi, rainbow-colored GIFs depict everything from animated pizza slices to Walter White (and sometimes both) and have garnered a cult following on Tumblr. She's now bringing her fun aesthetic to the physical world...
Internet-Inspired Clothing by Brisbane's House of Cards
With past collections like the Japanese pop culture-inspired "Yatta" and the '90s-doused "The Waisted Years," Brisbane-based independent fashion label House of Cards goes all out each season with thematic collections full of creative statement pieces...
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