Daily Gems & other musings

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Phyllis Chan and Suzzie Chung

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YanYan Knits, a premium knitwear brand started by two childhood best friends, has quickly become a top name in sustainable fashion.  We first discovered their line in Women's Wear Daily and have been fans ever since! "Hong Kong-based designers and childhood best friends Phyllis Chan and Suzzie Chung are banking on it with their premium knitwear brand YanYan, which utilizes deadstock and leftover yarns from mills and knitwear factories. The two are aiming to create a youth factor around sustainability, blending grandma elegance with a playful spirit in their designs, and simultaneously touching on hot-button issues facing the fashion industry — including low-waste production, experimental retail strategy, reacting to the pace...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Natasha Fernandes Anjo

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Vintage.  Handmade.  Beautiful textiles.  Sustainability.  These are a few of our favorite things, and they just so happen to encapsulate just a few of the many things Natasha Fernandes Anjo incorporates into her wildly sought-after designs. Founder of the UK-based label ROOP, Natasha herself handmakes all of the bags and accessories sold in her boutique.  She studied fashion design in college, but it wasn't until years later that she "discovered her purpose as a designer."  "She individually sources the materials and in effort to utilize what’s at her disposal, Natasha uses vintage and remnant fabrics." Our favorite pieces from Natasha's collection? ...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Kika Vargas

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We recently discovered an article on the Elle Magazine website that featured some of our current favorite (and recently featured in our Designer Spotlight series!) designers, as well as some new (to us) creators.  We love discovering new names, and this installment features the talented Kika Vargas - read on to learn more about her!  The Colombian born designer was born in Bogotá and currently calls it, Madrid and New York home.  She studied fine arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and fashion design at the the Istituto Marangoni in Milano, Graduating in 2008.  She's an award-winning designer, was the first...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Minju Kim

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Youthful.  Playful.  Avant garde haute couture.  Not necessarily styles you would expect to normally find in one place, but when you look at Minju Kim's designs, you'll be able to see just how perfectly they can work together.  A true, raw talent to say the least! Minju is a South Korean fashion designer known for her use of bold prints and juxtaposition of a vibrant, youthful vibe mixed with unmatched couture detailing.  After studying fashion in Antwerp, she "has made her career through designing brave and daring collections with large motifs and a color palette representative of a packet of sweets.  She is quoted...

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DESINGER SPOTLIGHT: Sindiso Khumalo

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  If you've been following along on our Designer Spotlight series, you'll know there are few things we appreciate more than a great textile.  Sindiso Khumalo is known as "a genius on the subject, with a Central Saint Martins master’s in the niche and single-handedly designing all of her fabrics through multimedia methods such as watercolor and collage." But let's begin at the beginning.  The brand's founder and namesake, Sindiso "studied architecture at the University of Cape Town prior to moving to London, where she went onto study a Masters in Design for Textile Futures. Sindiso Khumalo founded her eponymous label...

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