Cornell University graduate Adam Lippes started his fashion career at Polo Ralph Lauren in 1995. Two years later he moved to Oscar de la Renta thereby becoming one of the youngest creative directors in luxury fashion. In 2004 he launched his first label, Adam, which offers classic American luxury pieces with a sportswear touch. His shapes are streamlined and feature impeccable tailoring and a sophisticated, understated elegance.
Laura Cramer and Starr Hout launched Apiece Apart in 2008 with the idea to create a simplified wardrobe. A road trip to Texas inspired them to come up with a line of pieces that you could throw in a travel bag and take anywhere.
The Italian luxury footwear brand Aquazzura was co-founded by Edgardo Osirio in 2011 when he was just 25 years old. Born in Columbia and raised in Miami, the London-based brand has become synonymous with impeccable craftsmanship, luxury, and comfort.
AGJ consists of highly personal pieces designed to be worn together and collected over time since I often find myself wearing the same jewels for months. AGJ pieces are an extension of the woman wearing them, tangible symbols of those she holds dear to her heart, or a happy occasion in her life. The collection focuses on both quality and accessibility and is designed to make wearers feel effortlessly stylish.
Bea Bongiasca is an Italian jewelry designer born in Milan. She created her namesake jewelry line in 2013, and her inspiration stems from personal experiences visiting the regions of East Asia coupled with her passion for pop culture and western flair. She focuses on the concept of jewelry as an art form.
Brandon Maxwell launched in 2015 with the philosophy of making women feel beautiful, sophisticated and powerful with timeless garments that are impeccably tailored. Brandon was born in Longview, Texas and studied photography at St. Edward's University in Austin. Since graduating he worked as a stylist for several major publications and celebrities, while also serving as fashion director to Lady Gaga. His inspiration is drawn from women whom he surrounds himself with, and the brand is designed and produced in New York City.
Brother Vellies was founded by Aurora James with the goal of introducing the rest of the world to her favorite traditional African footwear, while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs within Africa. Handmade in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco, Brother Vellies creates boots, shoes and sandals in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts.
For over three and a half decades, Carolina Herrera has proved with each new season that bold elegance paired with modern refinement is always in style. With the appointment of Wes Gordon as Creative Director in 2018, the house reinforces a commitment to the strong codes established by the founder; blending traditions of couture craftsmanship with the wearability and pragmatism of American fashion.
The House of Carven was founded by the late French fashion designer, Marie-Louis Carven, in 1945. The brand is known for youthful fabrics like cotton gingham and broderie anglaise, and also exotic textiles like African wax cloth and Indonesian batik, that Madame Carven would bring back from her frequent travels. Serge Ruffieux was appointed creative director in 2017, and his first collection was designed for Spring/Summer 2018.
Clyde is a New York City based label designed by Vancouver native, Dani Griffiths. Dani started creating her line in 2010 with crocheted wool accessories, and it has since evolved to include a range of hats that are blocked by hand in a small New York state millinery factory. Clyde hats are sharp, yet classic and maintain a straightforward wearability. The collection is perfected by hand finishes and considered design.
Co is Los Angeles-based women's clothing line founded in 2011 by Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern. Named to reflect the designer’s creative partnership which spans the worlds of fashion and film. Danan was a film producer and Kern a model-turned-screenwriter before they merged there Hollywood bona fides with fashion. It's also a play on their design philosophy; to create a line of luxury essentials that together form a considered, cohesive wardrobe collection. The label's aesthetic has sculptural qualities. The designs are thoroughly modern. The shapes are classic.
Danse Lente is a women’s accessories label specializing in handbags and small leather goods, based in London. There is a playful and curious element to each design that appeals to a wide range of audiences. Danse means "Slow Dance" in French and the line is inspired by contemporary aesthetics and modern architecture.
Diane von Furstenberg entered the world of fashion in 1970 when she moved to New York and, two years later, founded her eponymous line. In 1974, the Belgium born designer created the wrap dress, which came to symbolize power and independence for a generation of women and helped establish Diane as a legendary and crucial fixture in the industry. By 1976, more than five million dresses had been sold and Diane, at only 29 years old, was featured on the cover of Newsweek.
What better way to ease into the holidays than layering up on some of our favorite new accessory trends. Patrice and I visit many designer showrooms, attend runway shows and fall in love with so many collections. We always keep our eyes open for what is ahead, trending, and nothing short of pieces we think our clients will love for years.
We want you to enjoy your accessories long-term and always think about having a healthy mix of classic, and sometimes whimsical options. Our edit this season is sure to transform your outfits with minimal effort.
GANNI was founded in 2000 by an art connoisseur and gallery owner to design the perfect cashmere knit. It is based in Copenhagen and run by husband and wife duo Ditte Reffstrup and Nicolaj Reffstrup. The GANNI mission is to fill a gap in the advanced contemporary market for effortless, easy to wear pieces that women instinctively reach for day in and day out. In designing the collection, Ditte sought after a playful and effortless approach that represents herself without strict dogmas or rules, but with room for personality, contrasts and experimentation.
RodneyHaynes, principal at Seward and Lake, has always believed that everyone deserves a beautiful and comfortable home. Started in 2007, Seward and Lake has blossomed into an award winning boutique design firm in Oakland, CA. We were thrilled when asked by McMullen to collaborate as curator for home decor and immediately agreed, not only because it afforded our firm a wonderful opportunity to work with the dynamic Sherri McMullen, but it also provided us the chance to help color the Oakland retail landscape.
Inspiration for the home decor collection
The home decor collection is inspired by the spirit and force of Sherri McMullen and her wonderful boutique. McMullen is known for curating and showcasing a cutting edge mix of emerging and established designers. In creating the home decor collection, I wanted to echo that same philosophy by purposefully mixing Barbara Barry and emerging designers such as Bolé Road and Neo Design. I’m ecstatic with the end result: a collection that feels very natural, sophisticated, and stylish.
Rae Nicoletti is the founder of Hozen collection. The name Hozen is a Japanese word for conservation. The brand honors a deep commitment to respect and protect the planet offering eco-friendly luxury synthetic leather and suede; zippers and thread sourced from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, natural rubber and remnant rope; and labels and packaging made from organic cotton or post-consumer recycled paper. The circular shape and minimal aesthetic serves as a symbol of conservation and compassion.
Created by then-18 year old Simon Porte Jacquemus to give the “new king of French girl” the outfit she was looking for, his label Jacquemus has become one of the biggest hits in modern French fashion. Expect innovative silhouettes, fresh takes on familiar patterns and unexpected motifs (particularly front ties) from the avant-garde man of the moment.
San Diego-born fashion designer Jonathan Cohen & Parsons graduate started his eponymous line in 2011. The Mexican prints and patterns and colors, the laid-back ease of the San Diego surf culture and the modern city approach have manifested into what the brand has become.
A newly-launched women's clothing line designed and made in San Francisco. Friends and colleagues Anna Chiu and Valerie Santillo founded the brand out of a mutual dream of designing their own women's wear collection. The line reads modern bohemian with a touch of Art Deco, understated and very chic.
Kathy Kamei is the designer and CEO of the line of jewelry that bears her name. A trip to Bali inspired her to create her own line of jewelry which is handcrafted in Bali by artisans using 92.5 % solid silver. Two tone pieces are overlaid with 18K gold vermeil. Kathy’s collection is loved by many as she celebrates women.
Laura Lombardi is an eponymous jewelry line made and designed in New York.
Laura derives inspiration from her experiences growing up between both New York City and Italy. Her work distills these cultures and environments into a singular aesthetic: A raw industrial style balanced with elements of classical art and design. Each piece is distinctive and should be worn and defined fluidly by the wearer.
Working almost exclusively in raw or recycled metals, Laura re-contextualizes everyday materials. Her design practice references her background and interest in fine arts, centering on sculpture, assemblage, and mixed media.
Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato are the twin sisters behind the NYC-based jewelry line Lizzie Fortunato. Lizzie is the creative and Kathryn focuses on the business side and heads up sales and operations, together forming their own dream team. Their jewelry features semi-precious stones in bold and modern silhouettes.
Lagos-based designer Amaka Osakwe is the creator of the African fashion label Maki Oh. After studying Arts at University of Bournemouth, she launched her label in the Fall of 2010 to critical acclaim. Signatures of the brand include hand-dyed textiles and Western silhouettes (think pencil skirts) combined with Nigerian materials and folklore motifs.
Mary Alice Malone is the founder and creative director for Malone Souliers. She is from Pennsylvania and studied at the London College of Fashion. Her designs are in architectural principle, prioritizing an exacting standard from the heel of each shoe down the millimeter of motion. Malone Souliers is a combination of Mary Alice's focus on craftsmanship and her dedication to its mastery.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh opened her namesake store on the Lower Eastside of NYC in 2008 launching of her own footwear line that has since grown to include apparel, handbags and jewelry. Iranian-born, she grew up in Los Angeles and earned 2 degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons respectively. Her design inspiration stems from shapes of the 70's, 80's and 90's eras, her grandmother, and friends.
Lisa Mayock and Jeff Halmos are image collecting enthusiasts, graphic design zealots, and CFDA award-winning designers. They are a due that bonded over all things graphic, by combining their trove of collected images and objects they created MONOGRAM. Much of their inspiration comes from vintage fit tees, graphics inspiration from posters, records, old books, and even pins. MONOGRAM was created to capture the spirit of wearing your most loved t-shirt, this designer duo develops their own fabrics, customizes their washes, and produces in the USA
New York designer Yara Flinn's career is marked by taking the road not traveled. When she didn't get into graduate school for sculpture, Flinn took it as a sign to follow her interest in fashion design. After finishing the 2014-2016 CDFA Fashion incubator program last spring, she decided to focus on building her advanced contemporary collection of sleek, slightly architectural pieces for her dedicated customers.
Rejina Pyo, an award-winning Korean-born designer based in London, is the new fashion darling. After graduating with an MA fashion at Central Saint Martins she was scooped up by Roksanda as an assistant designer. Her line is known for her structured silhouettes with graphic accents.
Ryan Roche grew up in Idaho and picked up her mother's knack for stitchery. After studying fashion design at the Academy of Art Institute in San Francisco, Roche began her foray into fashion by designing children's clothes. Soon the mommies were requesting she make her luxurious pastel knits in bigger sizes and an empire was born. With her soft spot for knitwear, '90s inspired and reserved in shape and color palette, her pieces are immediately recognizable as signature staples.
Sally LaPointe is a New York City-based fashion designer, who in 2010 founded her women's fashion label with her best-friend-cum-business partner Sarah Adelson. LaPointe's work tends towards the avant-garde, with sharp separates and thoughtfully constructed dresses (which have become best sellers). Her woman is strong and sexy, with a bit of a dark side.
Sandy Liang had a cult-like following before she even graduated from the Parsons School of Design, and launched her street-style ready line at the tender age of the 23. The namesake collection is a little bit tomboy (think laid-back oversized biker jackets), a little bit girly-girl (pastel-colored jumpers). The entire collection reads charming and very fresh.
Childhood friends Sean Monahan and Monica Paolini are co-owners of the New York City label Sea. Monahan started the business over a decade ago and grew it to a point where it made sense for Paolini to join full-time. Paolini is a seasoned industry veteran who worked for designer Jill Stuart and as design director for Betsey Johnson. Their thoughtful and easy collection emphasizes easy-to-where polished pieces with unique feminine touches.
SIMON MILLER launched in 2008 as a men’s denim brand and in 2014 evolved into a modern lifestyle brand complete with men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, bags and collaborations inspired by the landscapes of the American Southwest, modernism and the natural outdoors. The brand's creative direction is led by Daniel Corrigan and Chelsea Hansford with a focus on creating collections that are timeless, crafted and lived in.
Tanya Taylor is from Toronto and launched her namesake line in 2012. It brings modern, youthful shapes to life with the artful use of original prints and colors. The prints on each piece are hand painted by the design team in the New York studio. The brand's designs are inspired by joyfulness and youth.
Amy Smilovic is the owner and designer behind the global fashion label Tibi. Amy's inspired clothing line was born and bred on St. Simons island, Georgia, where she grew up. Her look is laid-back ease; her line is known for being modern, feminine, and relaxed.
Ulla Johnson spent her childhood trailing her archeologist parents to exotic locales, so it's no surprise she brings a mix of global awareness and urban sophistication to her line of easy, elegant womenswear. Handcrafted using natural fibers, Johnson's designs are coveted for the artisanal feel of their custom prints and intricate embroideries.
Born in Texas and raised by New York City, Lyndsey Butler founded VEDA in 2008 to create the perfect leather jacket; an elegant layer designed to protect against the myriad challenges of modern living.
Women-owned and women-led, VEDA operates out of a Canal Street studio and factory, designing a ready-to-wear collection obsessed with fit and quality.
Veronique Leroy was born in Belgium and has had a passion for fashion design since early childhood. She started her career working for Azzedine Alaia and went on to win several prizes, including the prix Courtelle in 1990 while Thierry Mugler was president of the jury. This influenced her decision to launch her first collection in 1991. Her memories of the 1980's inspire her collection with a focus on sexiness and elegance.
Vintner's Daughter was formulated with a singular goal in mind: to create a game-changing, performance-driven face oil with the multi-correctional activity and penetration of a super-powered serum. Inspired by the founder April who's background is in fine winemaking and its exacting standards, her goal is to offer the highest level of skin nutrition for truly transformational results.
Australian sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann founded their eponymous label in Sydney in 1991. The classically-feminine-with-a-hint-of-edge line began as ready-to-wear but with recently secured capital are looking at couture and global expansion.