While not yet household names, this creative contingent is generating buzz with a range of luxury accessory lines.
OLGANNA PARIS BY OLGA DJANGUIROV
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LAUNCHED: October 2014 for spring 2015
BACKGROUND: Paris-based Djanguirov is a former art dealer who studied at L’École du Louvre.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “Using techniques found in tailoring and couture to create feminine and elegant shoes that have been developed like an outfit.”
STYLE MUSE: Contemporary art, couture and classic materials.
WHERE SOLD: Maxfield, Los Angeles.
RETAIL PRICES: $550–$1,000; up to $3,200 for an exotic style.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram: @olgannaparis
LAUNCHED: Made U.S. retail debut in 2012
BACKGROUND: Antwerp-based Thongprasert studied architecture at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “Each collection is a complex combination of thoughts and design elements formed with deep analysis into a concept.”
STYLE MUSE: A sophisticated and glamorous woman.
WHERE SOLD: Opening Ceremony, En Avance Miami, Dover Street Market and Moda Operandi.
RETAIL PRICES: $200–$850
SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram: @Ekthongprasert
LAUNCHED: September 2013 for spring 2014
BACKGROUND: New York–based Savage studied interior design and worked for a residential firm.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “A very clean, modern design aesthetic.”
STYLE MUSE: Modern art and architecture.
WHERE SOLD: Barneys New York, Harvey Nichols and Net-a-porter.com.
RETAIL PRICES: $2,000 to $3,000
SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram: @leesavage_nyc; Facebook: Lee Savage
CAMBIAGHI BY MATTEO PEREGO DI CREMNAGO
LAUNCHED: “Relaunched” in 2013; prior to that, it was primarily a hat business, founded in 1880 by Perego di Cremnago’s great-grandfather Giuseppe Cambiaghi.
BACKGROUND: Formerly a Milan-based philosopher and Giorgio Armani executive.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “Global vision and the goal of creating luxurious products to meet the needs of a discerning few.”
STYLE MUSE: Paloma Picasso, who inspired a bag, the Paloma.
WHERE SOLD: Barneys New York, Cambiaghi Atelier and a few concept stores in Europe.
RETAIL PRICES: $1,600 for bags; $290 for hats.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter and Instagram: @cambiaghi; Facebook: Cambiaghi
LAUNCHED: February 2014 for fall 2014
BACKGROUND: A Paris-born, New York–based former model with a fine arts degree, Gosselin studied shoemaking at FIT and Ars Sutoria School in Milan.
PHILOSOPHY: “Best-quality, beautifully made, classic, timeless with a twist through playful details.”
STYLE MUSE: Cate Blanchett on the red carpet.
WHERE SOLD: Available at Chloegosselin.com.
RETAIL PRICES: $695–$1,100
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter: @chloegosselin; Instagram: @chloegosselin1; Facebook: Chloe Gosselin
ATELJÉ 71 BY ASA LARSSON
LAUNCHED: August 2014 for spring 2015
BACKGROUND: A former Marc Jacobs publicist married to shoe industry veteran David Giordano, Larsson created this New York–based company with a Scandinavian approach to work-life balance.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “Swedish innovation, functionality and comfort with New York’s intellectual subversive fashion and urban street style.”
STYLE MUSE: A “well-being” state of mind.
WHERE SOLD: Fred Segal, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, American Rag, Scoop NYC and Shopbop.com.
RETAIL PRICES: $200–$400
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter and Instagram: @atelje71; Facebook: Atelje 71
BLAKE KUWAHARA EYEWEAR
LAUNCHED: October 2014 for Holiday 2014
BACKGROUND: A Los Angeles-based optometrist-turned- frame designer and founder of Focus Group West, a creative agency for the eyewear business.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “Simple and clean lines with fine details of sculpting and beveling that give the frames nuance and soul.”
STYLE MUSE: His 98-year-old grandmother, who is a world traveler, painter and jewelry designer.
WHERE SOLD: Selima Optique, Artsee Eyewear, Barneys New York and Maxfield.
RETAIL PRICES: $600–$650
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: Blake Kuwahara
LAUNCHED: fall 2013 for spring 2014
BACKGROUND: New York-based Flint interned at Proenza Schouler while attending classes at Parsons and Fashion Institute of Technology; she then studied shoemaking at Ars Sutoria School in Milan.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “The return of timeless elegance to luxury footwear.”
STYLE MUSE: The Hepburns: Audrey and Katharine.
WHERE SOLD: Barneys New York, Richards, Garmany, Wilkes Bashford, Tootsies and Sarahflint.com.
RETAIL PRICES: $495–$995
SOCIAL MEDIA: @sarahflint_nyc
LAUNCHED: In 2013 for resort 2014, after a friend asked her to create accessories for a project with Carine Roitfeld.
BACKGROUND: Paris-based Michelson studied at L’École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, and worked on ready-to-wear at Paul & Joe and knitwear at Hermès.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “Daring, audacious, punky yet elegant and feminine — for strong women who appreciate striking pieces.”
STYLE MUSE: Grace Jones…back in the day.
WHERE SOLD: Avenue 32, Farfetch, Intermix, The Webster, Fivestory New York, Net-a-porter.com and Annelisemichelson.com.
RETAIL PRICES: $300–$1,500
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter and Instagram: @annelisemichelson
MALONE SOULIERS BY MARY ALICE MALONE AND ROY LUWOLT
LAUNCHED: February 2014 for fall 2014
BACKGROUND: London-based horse lover, shop owner, 3-D artist and furniture designer (Malone); business-school graduate with luxury market experience (Luwolt).
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “A business wrapped around creative direction, yet with an acute attention to the consumer.”
STYLE MUSE: Literature and vintage.
WHERE SOLD: Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Moda Operandi and Tinkertailor.com in the U.S.; Le Bon Marché and Galeries Lafayette in Paris; and Matchesfashion.com in the U.K.
RETAIL PRICES: $1,000 on average
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter and Instagram: @MaloneSouliers; Facebook and Pinterest: MaloneSouliers
LAUNCHED: February 2014 for fall 2014
BACKGROUND: New York-based Gallo studied accessories design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and worked as a stylist for five years before launching her shoe and handbag collections.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “Classic elegance meets contemporary street design.”
STYLE MUSE: Christine Centenera, Vogue Australia’s fashion editor.
WHERE SOLD: Fred Segal, spring, international retailers and shopbazaar.com.
RETAIL PRICES: $385 to $695
SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram: @karengallo_
LAUNCHED: Spring-summer 2010; began presenting full collection in 2014.
BACKGROUND: The daughter of artists, Battaglia created her first handbag at age six and designed for Corto Moltedo before launching her Milan-based line.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “I always want women to feel beautiful. With the right accessory, you can style your outfit in a very glamorous way.”
DESIGN MUSE: Sophisticated, modern, glamorous, innovative women.
WHERE SOLD: Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Harvey Nichols, Le Bon Marché and sarabattaglia.com.
RETAIL PRICES: $950
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter: @sarabattaglia; Instagram: @sara_battaglia
K/LLER COLLECTION BY KATIE DEGUZMAN AND MICHAEL MILLER
LAUNCHED: 2010 for fall 2011
BACKGROUND: The New York-based duo met while studying furniture design at Parsons The New School for Design and transitioned into jewelry, with Katie working for Alexis Bittar, Justin Giunta and others.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “The collection fuses deconstuction and scuplture, decay and renewal, androgeny and femininity, sophistication and bohemia — the juxtaposition of hard and soft.”
STYLE MUSE: The men and women who wear our jewelry, from grandmothers to sisters to rock stars, and how they style K/LLER in their own way.
WHERE SOLD: Barneys New York, Fred Segal, specialty stores nationwide, and KllerCollection.com
RETAIL PRICES: $50-$690
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter: @kllercollection; Instagram: @kller_collection, #kllercollection
DAUPHIN BY CHARLOTTE DAUPHIN DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
LAUNCHED: January 2014 and shown formally at the Couture in July 2014
BACKGROUND: M.A. in Art History from London’s Courtauld Institute of Art.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY: “Dauphin is a contemporary jewelry house; it is meant to experiment with new ways in the field of traditional jewelry while rejecting a certain conformism in design.”
STYLE MUSE: Today’s woman…is a cultivated free spirit [who] goes beyond trends, fashion and, above all, branding.
WHERE SOLD: Colette and Le Bon Marché in Paris.
RETAIL PRICES: $2,800-$85,000
SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram: @dauphinofficial
PICTURED: 18-karat rose gold and diamond collar