Whether it was Piet Mondrian who inspired Yves Saint Laurent in the 60's or Gucci's recent revolution with art murals up everywhere, fashion and art have mated for years. Some artists use empty walls as their canvas (hello, Banksy!) while others consider negative spaces on objects. But, there is one thread that stays in common: Art is what you want to see! Capturing this emotional sentiment and finding her own canvas in the threads of a denim jacket, Aparna Avarasala created DENIMRUSH.
In order to know where you are going, you need to know where you come from. History matters, because it is only once we know our roots that the correct seed can be planted. Co-Founder of a footwear brand, THEY, Jack Lin grew up in an industrial family. Despite his rejection to adopt a business education, he pursued the design “root” to learn the required fundamentals of footwear.
Ever wondered why the sky is blue or why blue LED light is bad for you? Infamously known for having shorter wavelengths, blue light collides with air molecules more frequently than any other color of the EM waves emitted from the sun. This collision causes the blue color to scatter everywhere making our sky appear blue. On the other hand, blue LED light also has longer and stronger wavelengths that bypass our cornea and deteriorate our retina (ouch!). On a mission to battle the side effects of using our screens, Co-Founder, David Roger launched Felix Gray, a fashionable eyewear brand. Looks like mom was right when she said not to watch too much T.V.!
Two becomes one, in the words of Spice Girls, when twin sisters Mandeep and Hardeep Kaur come together to create mindful magic. Hailing from the same intellectual, curious, fashionable breed, they are trying to redefine the notion from "less is more" to "less is better" through their ethos-driven brand, PER/se. What started with a design-inspired outerwear coat has now evolved into a thought-provoking journal with only more incredible products in the making.
Walk, dance, trot, skip. Whatever your feet want to do, there’s a new hosiery brand on the loose with details that will help your feet stand out in the crowd. After all that’s how the babe in the office or that guy at the bar is going to take notice. Made by a brother duo, Ace & Everett is differentiating itself via socks that are backed by thoughtful design and a New York city feel.
Not all of us are meant to be in the spotlight: the glamorous world of lights, camera and action. But, a few of us, dreamy folks, have an itch to become that person who changes how others are perceived. Deepica Mutyala is no different. As a badass blogger and entrepreneur with some serious convictions about the beauty industry, she wants to create a platform for South Asian women, one lipstick at a time.
Did you know that most jewelry brands produce their products in Thailand, but little recognition is given to the country? In a world where consumers have all the choices, it is up to us to choose correctly and impactfully. In striving to make an impact, Proud Limpongpan launched a sustainable jewelry brand, Cerimani to take matters into her own hands. A dollar is a dollar, but when allocated correctly could help someone overseas become a baller.
By now, we all know that the textile industry is the second largest only to agriculture as the biggest polluter of clean water globally. Plus, the amount of wastage that is produced by the fashion industry alone is alarming. In a world where transparency has become a no-brainer and sustainability a necessity, Queen of Raw wants to rise as the number one ecommerce platform to re-introduce wasted raw materials back into the supply chain. In short, they want to save Planet Earth one yard at a time.
In a world where wellness is the new luxury and function is the new fashion, we are surrounded by brands that promise gym-to-glam looks. As a result, our LBDs (Little Black Dresses) have been replaced by LBPs (Little Black Pants). But there is one brand that may have just started this stylish transformation. Meet Aella, founded by Eunice Cho, that uses high performance fabrics so you can show up looking smart in the perfectly fitted pair of pants.
Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. These may be some of the most visited countries in the world but more importantly, they are the hubs for the Jib. Don't know what the Jib is? A Brazilian perforated slip-on shoe that allows you to test the waters, walk unknown avenues and fly high. Read on to see how Natalie Kathleen, CEO of Jibs Life, and a world traveler herself is bringing out the best walking, running, skipping selves in all of us.
Ever heard of probiotics? The little fellas (microorganisms) that are introduced into the body for their beneficial qualities? Well, what if you could now use them on your skin for a healthier, glowing feel? Founded by Dr. Raj but run (like a boss) by CEO, Julia Straus, Tula is a probiotic skincare brand that fights wrinkles, dryness and basically all your personal skin wars.
You're a boss babe, a single mom, and a rockstar. You don't have time to shop, yet want to look put together. Fear not! Founder, and CEO, Sarah LaFleur plans on breaking the glass ceiling one dress at a time by creating wardrobe essentials for the modern working woman. Behold, MM.LaFleur. With the introduction of the Bento Box, Sarah is revolutionizing merchandising and customer experience through MM.LaFleur's personal stylists and kick-ass lifestyle brand because you have #betterthingstodo.
Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol. These may be some of our all-time favorite artists and unfortunately their artworks are either stored in a museum or a collector's home. But, what if you could be inspired by them to curate your very own piece alongside a master artist from across the world? No need to wonder because Vani Krishnamurthy, Founder of CoCo Gallery, is here to make your artistic dreams come true.
Do you consider yourself a misfit? Too tall, too short, weird love for outlandish colors? Co-Founder Veronika Habrick started Thursday Finest to tackle fast fashion by providing on-the-spot creation and customization of clothing accessories via 3D knitting. Yes, the future is here and it does consist of robots taking over the world. Take that, Zara!
If you have seen the movie Forrest Gump you would remember that “my mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they going, where they been.” Founders Johannes Quodt and Chris Wichert of sneaker brand, Koio Collective, want to captivate the essence of luxury quality shoes, but provide them at half the price by going directly to consumers online.
When it comes to buying baby products, most mothers are presented with a cookie-cutter solution: pink or blue, cartoons or super-heroes. But what if you don’t want to be just another cookie in that jar? Founder, Tracy Heller built Brooklyn Born to cater to Millennial mothers in the nursery bedding market by providing them with modern designs. Be bold. Be daring. Be Brooklyn Born.
Your cell phone has been through a lot: sloppy falls, intermittent sleep, never-ending activity and sometimes even not-so-fun slides down the toilet. Understanding our intimate relationship with our cell phones, Nina Cheng is set on dressing them up with accessories that will turn heads. Dear iPhone, meet Wild and Woolly!
When launching a fashion brand, most entrepreneurs struggle between having a kick-ass supply chain (like being sustainable) or great design. It’s tough for the two to co-exist. Yet, Co-Founder of AYNI, Adriana Cachay created a company both built on design and a story revolving around what goes on behind the scenes.
What do you get when you mix pizza, menstrual periods and poop? We apologize for the nasty visual but there is a reason why these work for Miki Agrawal. A triple threat when it comes to business, creativity and philanthropy, she is changing the world through her companies, WILD, THINX and TUSHY.
They say behind every movie actor's success is an entire team of professionals. From makeup artists, stylists, photographers to social media strategists, the list for #squadgoals keeps growing. Well, here's a behind-the-scene access to Arti Nayar's career and how she became a makeup artist for the biggest names in Bollywood.
What if we told you that drinking canned soda isn’t actually bad for the environment? In fact, you could be fueling the fashion environment by your very own consumption habits. By transforming upcycled aluminum bottle tops into a braided crochet design, Cameron Saul put the s back in fashion with his sustainable luxury brand, Bottletop. Oh yes, Campbell Soup wasn't the only one to use cans for marketing.
You’ve met The Fockers, The Patels and The Kardashians (sorry, we had to). Well, it’s about time you meet The Khemlanis—three fashionable sisters who are building an empire on fur and fashion. As a new generation family business, they are the #bossbabes running Izaak Azanei.
Bachelorette parties. Club nights. Long work days. What do they all have in common? Heels! But worse than heels is the aftermath of wearing them all day and all night long. To save our feet and men from carrying us, Ingrid Sarver created Talaria Flats.
There are brands who create fashion for the masses and those who target the elite. Somewhere in between, two handsome and business-savvy men decided to focus on the artisans and one extraordinary product: cashmere. By infusing the two together, they introduced MONK.
Never let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can reinvent yourself or as we say, let the magic happen. Founder of natural, organic and gluten free cosmetics brand, Evelyn Iona, Brandi Leifso is that success story we keep on sharing.
It’s 8:50 am and you're running late to work, sweating, stiff and yeah, you might even smell bad. With our ever adapting lives, we need clothes that can keep up. Co-Founder of Ministry, Aman Advani, realized the gap in the market and launched his company to help unleash our inner athlete by reinventing performance based workwear.
If you’re anything like most women on the sidewalks today, you know the struggle is real when it comes to perfectly fitted shoes. Having one foot bigger than the other is common, we get it! In fact, it’s so common that two best friends got together and launched Margaux to make sure that both of your feet “fit” in.
We know, most men are lazy when it comes to our favorite word: shopping. Let’s face it, you would rather have your girlfriend or mother show up to your house with a bunch of garments than you having to go to a store and try everything on. Founder, Jorge Cosano realized this and launched ÉCOLE to provide a mobile friendly digital experience for the Millennial man by showcasing emerging designers and style tips.
Beauty and inspiration can come from anywhere. Some find it at the bottom of their shoes, while others find it on top of their ceilings. The act of translating ideas into products is what makes one a designer. A young lady, in particular, set out to as Beyonce would say “put a ring on it.” Founder of jewelry company, L’Dezen, Payal Shah is no ordinary Indian gal.