Don’t get me wrong – I love me some Gucci! But if I was being super honest, I am not all about wearing the biggest brands and all the time. I thrive on finding a hidden gem of a designer that stands out from the fast fashion pack and really has something to say.
While many of the lesser known designers tend to be on the pricier side, I am finding that investing in those special pieces that you can have for years to come is way more worth it – financially and aesthetically – than buying trendy, poorly made clothes over and over again.
So, from my loves to you, here are 3 brands that you should have in your closet… like asap! 🙂
About: Designed in NYC by Israeli Fashion Designer, Dana Arbib, A Peace Treaty is a Ready-to-Wear brand that was founded on the belief that wearing beautiful, handcrafted pieces, imbued with the story of their maker are the most beautiful and luxurious in the world.
What Makes Them Different: A Peace Treaty incorporates exquisite artisanal details from far-flung places such as Pakistan, Turkey, and Peru. Arbib is dedicated to discovering and preserving centuries-old craftsmanship techniques relying heavily on custom handmade pieces that embrace rich color and print, are lively and bold, and soft and luxurious.
What I Love: Their use of prints and their feminine but sexy silhouettes.
About: Founded in 2013, HOWL Studio was born from a desire to offer effortlessly chic fashion at an affordable price. The name “HOWL” comes from the title of a poem by American Poet Allen Ginsberg. Just like an exclamation mark expressed through the sound, HOWL has become synonymous with spontaneous emotions.
What Makes Them Different: HOWL not only determines to produce fashion, but also aims at collaborating with different artists and creative personae from diversified realms in the world, promoting conversations between people and generating connections across the global community.
What I Love: The attention to detail and the play of colors and graphics makes every item in their collection a statement. Plus, in comparison to other quality Ready-to-Wear collections that are out there, these pieces come at a Budweiser price.
About: A Mere Co. is a London-based, contemporary womenswear label started in 2015. Inspired by the understated glamour of 1930s resortwear and the elegance and natural beauty of St. Barts, summer linen is modernised into ultra-feminine silhouettes and effortlessly chic pieces.
What Makes Them Different: A Mere Co. has mastered the art of dressing for summer. Colors and prints reflect a summer feel – faded shades look dreamy against sun-kissed skin and their signature starfish print celebrates the magic of summertime. A Mere Co. uses the softest linen sourced from Lithuania to ensure it feels luxe against the skin, and all designs are hand-finished with subtle details like braiding or beads.
What I Love: Their effortlessly feminine but playful styles, subdued colors and delicate prints