In honour of International Women’s day, I thought I’d share some of my favorite up and coming women designers making their mark right now in fashion and accessories, all over the world.
Designer Gideon Obserson is somewhat of a legend in the swimwear world. Designing womenswear for decades since the 70s, his swimsuits were the stuff that Miami Vice era dream girls were made of. While in Tel Aviv this spring, I stopped by the Oberson House of Design on Gordon street and met with the designer, and his daughter Karen.
One year ago today, I had the honor of attending the Celebration of Design Event at the White House and meeting Mrs. Michelle Obama. Check it out.
Although New York, London, Milan and Paris are the international main attractions, trust me, it’s always fashion week somewhere. No one knows this better than Brooklyn based concept store owner Kai Avent DeLeon. You may have seen Kai gracing the pages of Lucky, W and countless other fashion glossies and trust us, this girl is on the rise. I love a concept store. No trip to Milan is complete without a few hours in 10 Corso Como and in Paris, I always have to hit up Colette. When I heard about Sincerely, Tommy in Bedstuy, BK, and about how Kai travels the world hand picking designers to carry in her store, I had to check it out. Check out the video below as Kai and I talk Sincerely, Tommy, international design, traveling as young black women, BK and everything in between (or as much as I can show you in 5 minutes). Special thanks to Kai Avent-DeLeon and Sincerely, Tommy, Jordan Harrison, Aaron Purkey, Naomi Bishop, Simone Carter. Come back tomorrow and let me take …
It was great getting to know Min in our short time together over lunches, dinners and cocktails discussing everything from wine tours to production in China. Based in London and from China, Min is a natural ‘Nomad fit so this week I’m going to mix things up with the ‘Nomads series.
I can’t wait to share my amazing experiences at the Origins Fair with Not Just A Label with my ‘N A Perfect World… audience. The fair re-energized me and reminded me why I liked to work with emerging designers. These people were not only inspiring and talented but they also had their affairs in order and were burgeoning ethical business owners. One of the designers that I formed a bond with was London-based, Min Wu. I have some great content with Min coming soon, and trust me, this Vogue Italia darling is hilarious as she is talent. During the last moments of Origins, while I was packing up my booth, Min came over with my favorite skirt from her collection. I dug into my suitcase for shoes while Min found a top. After changing in the booth, we pinned the samples (a stylist is always prepared!), ran outside and there happened to be an Italian fire brigade. Voilà… we had a casual editorial. 😉 Here’s a quick outtake from my upcoming interview with Min!