Brand: Karli Buxton
Designer: Karli Buxton
Aesthetic: Shay Mitchell and Vanessa Hudgens are fans of the bold, one-of-a-kind statement necklaces with raw stones that can take a plain white T-shirt to the next level. Buxton, a Georgia native, worked for evening and bridal gown designer Don O’Neill of Theia for several years before returning to her home state to start her own business in 2012. “I always wanted to focus on the wholesale side of the industry. It was very neat at the time to think I could have my designs sold in retail stores across the country and I focused on that from Day One. After I made a presence in the social media world, I was contacted by other retail stores and have grown to more than 300 stores nationwide in a little over five years,” said Buxton. A few months ago, she launched a line called Buxton Black incorporating pavé diamonds and oxidized metals with interchangeable pendants.
Key Items: The line incorporates semiprecious stones, bone, leather and gold-filled metals. One of the bestsellers is the Raeko cuff, designed three years ago for Florida Georgia Line’s Brian and Brittany Kelley’s clothing line, Tribe Kelley. Also popular is the Attachment collection, about 10 necklaces with pavé clasps for interchanging pendants.
Prices: Average Karli Buxton pieces are $100, Buxton Black is $1,200.
Designer: Maria Giraldi
Aesthetic: Ultrasoft yarns and Sherpa wool legwear, loungewear and home accessories with a Nordic feminine flair. Giraldi and business partner Barry Tartarkin were in the private label legwear business for decades, designing for brands such as Juicy Couture and Via Spiga, when they decided to start their own line of supersoft tights in 2008. “We wanted to create lingerie for the legs,” said Giraldi. Then she designed a pair of mukluk socks lined in Sherpa wool. That soon turned into loungewear, cold weather accessories and home goods. “My goal is to have the customer oooh and aaah as she is touching the product,” said Giraldi.
Key Items: Slipper socks, tights, over-the-knee legwarmers called “legwraps,” cashmere hoodies, long cardigans, scarves, hats, blankets and pillows. Colors range from neutral oatmeal to rose, burnt pink, aqua and periwinkle.
Prices: Scarves and socks start at $10 and blankets go up to $175.
Brand: Stone and Rose
Designer: Tila Hanthaley
Aesthetic: Hanthaley spent 15 years in Los Angeles designing apparel and T-shirt graphics for vendors including Urban Outfitters, but she decided to move back home to Portland and start her own line this year to express her feminine-meets-rocker style. “Although I thrived in the sunshine; I find myself to be more creative in the melancholy of the rain. My girl is a little edgy, but also romantic,” she said. Many pieces are vintage-inspired and feature hand-drawn graphics. The spring collection incorporates earth tones such as taupe, cream and champagne.
Key Items: Supima cotton graphic T-shirts with hand-finishing and vintage washes, rayon challis dresses, and Modal, cotton and silk dresses and tops.
Prices: Ts range from $18 to $25 wholesale and tops and dresses range form $20 to $50.
Designers: Alka Tolani and Nicky Hilton Rothschild
Aesthetic: Tolani’s print-driven silk crepe dresses are known for their colorful, boho vibe, but the brand’s first collaboration with another designer, Hilton Rothschild, brought a new flair to creating patterns. “I take my inspiration from everywhere — from the tableware in my home to the photos on my phone and architecture from my travels. I brought them all together to develop these really fun, unique prints for this capsule,” said Hilton Rothschild. “It’s more young and driven by a sweetness and gentleness,” said Tolani. As a new mother and muse for Tolani, Hilton Rothschild also inspired the brand’s first “mommy and me” capsule collection in its 12-year history.
Key Items: Tolani’s signature tunics, maxidresses and skirts also come in smaller versions, along with new silhouettes of dresses, tops, bottoms and shorts. “I like my dresses a little more fitted, so we would cinch in the waist or add drawstrings,” said Hilton Rothschild. “There are also good luck charms on the tassels.”
Prices: Women’s prices range from $175 to $295 and girls from $89 to $139.
Designer: Matt Baldwin
Aesthetic: Although he had attended fashion school in Los Angeles, Baldwin creator Matt Baldwin was a retailer before he was a designer. He and his wife Emily opened a store in Kansas City called Standard Style during the premium denim boom, but realized that many of the brands fell short of fulfilling the customer demand for sophisticated-yet-casual American-made jeans with a modern fit — so he created one. Success followed quickly and Baldwin has since expanded into a full ready-to-wear collection for men and women, offering what he describes as “a combination of grit and grace.”
Key Items: In addition to the denim, which remains at the core of the collection, Baldwin also offers sweater knits, soft tailoring, dresses, outerwear and accessories.
Prices: Denim opens at $198 and goes up to $550. Woven shirts start at $165 and knitwear opens at $165.
Brand: Ovadia +
Designer: Ariel and Shimon Ovadia
Aesthetic: When the Ovadia twins launched their primary collection, Ovadia & Sons, in 2000, they focused primarily on tailored clothing and shirts with an Old World appeal. Since then, they’ve branched out into more categories and classifications and in 2014 jumped into the ath-leisure arena with Ovadia+. For spring, the athletic-inspired collection of performance apparel will be expanded to include more true sportswear pieces.
Key Items: The line focuses in on what Shimon Ovadia described as “everyday essentials,” such as moisture-wicking thermal hoodies, a lightweight down jacket mixed with fleece, compression tights and leggings, performance Ts, perforated mesh tanks and track suits.
Prices: Tanks and tees are $65 to $95, performance shorts are $85, sweatshirts and hoodies are $125 and outerwear is $195 to $495.
Designer: Samantha Jacob
Aesthetic: Founded in 2014 by Samuel Bail and Abel Samet who were in search of the perfect bag that would be appropriate for business, travel and everyday use, Troubadour focuses primarily on leather products that marry function with style. The core of its business model is its craftsmanship, which it believes rivals many of the top fashion houses, but the Troubadour line is less expensive and sports a cleaner, modern aesthetic. Although leather is still a hallmark of the brand, it has also introduced fabric models that bring the price point into more commercial territory.
Key Items: The zip-top rucksack, slim briefcase, weekender, tote and portfolio case are the bestsellers. Additions for spring include a technical canvas bag interwoven with nylon that is waterproof, a lightweight collapsible duffel and a new waterproof leather rucksack.
Prices: Retail prices start at $275 and go up to $1,995.
Designer: Kevin Kim
Aesthetic: IISE, which translates to second generation, is a brand dedicated to creating products with a street interpretation of Korean heritage. Each piece is made in Seoul, utilizing a combination of Korean fabrics, techniques, and a mix of modern and traditional design aesthetics. IISE uses high-quality materials and a focuses on craftsmanship to create wardrobe staples with special characteristics. The spring collection was inspired by themes of symmetry and balance found in the approach to traditional Korean furniture design. A lot of the even paneling, block patterns, and unique cuts were ideas drawn from these two principles.
Key Items: The “Panel Hanbok Jacket” is a standout piece. It’s inspired by the Korean furniture design and traditional Korean clothing, which is what Hanbook means.
Prices: The collection ranges from $65 to $375.
Designer: Daniel DuGoff
Aesthetic: Daniel DuGoff, who is a part of the CFDA Incubator program, studied architecture before working for Patrik Ervell and Marc Jacobs. He launched his own line in 2014 and wanted to focus on what guys wear every day by updating classic pieces with prints and textiles. His goal is to create wardrobe favorites.
Key Items: A trip to Taipei influenced his spring collection. He merged the grit of the city with the tropical landscapes of Yangmingshan National Park, which is located outside of the region, to design shorts, knit polos, hooded jackets and shirts energized with bright colors and bold prints.
Prices: Shirts start at $165; sweaters retail around $225; pants and shorts are priced around $175, and outerwear starts at $365.
Designer: Niyi Okuboyejo
Aesthetic: Niyi Okuboyejo, who was born in Nigeria but moved to Houston when he was a teen, started Post-Imperial in 2012 as a collection of ties. He’s since expanded into apparel with a line of casual clothes that he says invoke the new Africana.
Key Items: Okuboyejo said he looked to garments worn by the Baye Fall, a religious sect from Senegal, for his spring collection. He produced casual blazers, shorts and shirts that were all dyed using the adire method, a traditional Nigerian practice.
Prices: Shirts retail from $250 to $295; jackets are priced from $575 to $625; pants range from $245 to $325; ties retail from $125 to $185, and pocket squares and scarves range from $55 to $325.