One of my past jobs was working as the Fashion Editor for the International Editions of Hearst magazines. One of the best parts of working there was that we would be sent copies of all magazines for review. Seeing all the different versions of Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, and many others roll across my desk each month was always fascinating. I loved that each region had their own local flare, their were similarities within the brands but each stood out in different ways. My favorite parts to look over were always the shopping pages. It was like a treasure hunt, always a discovery of cool new brands and designers.
So with the New Year now upon us, I am sharing with you some of my favorite global brands that I have discovered over the years. These guys should definitely be kept on your radar for 2016.
Based: Hong Kong
Started almost two years ago by designer and gemologist Karishma Sani, Kasané takes a twist on delicate personal jewelry. The brand has tons of unique layering pieces that can be mixed and matched to create an effortlessly original look. The best part is that while these pieces have amazing quality and feel like fine jewelry and doesn’t break the bank. The brand is also starting to get a celebrity following with the likes of Olivia Wild sporting some of their pieces.
Based: Budapest, Hungary
Founded in 2004 by Eszter Füzes, Attila Godena-Juhász, and András Tóth, Use Unused is a leading contemporary fashion label in Hungary. The brand’s streamlined aesthetic with feminine twists, provides for some seriously awesome pieces for any wardrobe. Cool monochrome colors with easy silhouettes creating lasting wearable pieces that you can keep in your closet for years to come.
MARSKINRYYPPY By Nicole Brundage
Based: Milan, Italy
Marskinryhppy, try saying that three times fast, is a designer shoe label, that takes its name after a traditional alcoholic Finnish drink. The brand debuted in Fall-Winter 15, and was created by Texan born designer Nicole Brundage, who now resides in Italy. The brand was a merging of Nicole’s prior two labels, Nicole Brundage and Acrobats of God. Italian quality production and fun geometric shapes with whimsical color palettes creates a truly stand out shoe line. The brand also has a loyal celeb fan base which includes Kat Graham, Brittany Spears, and Dascha Polanco.
Based: Prague, Czech Republic
A mix of natural elements and strong gritty style, Antipearle is the farthest thing away from your Granny’s jewelry. Created by photographer and designer Markéta Dlouhá Márová, the brand won a prestigious award from the editors of Designblok in the category of jewelry, and was nominated for the Czech Grand Design prize. With a knack for mixing unique silhouettes and quality genuine pearls in unexpected ways Antipearle’s pieces are truly show stoppers. We’ve also featured them here on the site.
Based: Mexico City, Mexico
Romantic details, whimsical prints, and accents of tough leather make up the brand. Created by its name sake, Alexia has a long list of credentials to back up this lovely latin brand. Having studied at The London College of Fashion, Marangoni and taking some courses at Central Saint Martins Alexia returned to her home country of Mexico to start her label. Flirty feminine daywear mixed with elegant formalwear are the backbones of this gorgeous collection.
Based: Berlin, Germany
Launched in 2010 Lili Radu is a truly global brand. The brand’s namesake and designer was born in Frankfurt, Germany, studied Business Administration in Vienna and later moved to Italy to acquire a Master’s Degree in Fashion, Experience and Design Management from SDA Bocconi Business School. While starting the label in Italy, she later moved back to her home town of Frankfurt. With a mix of quirky German style, classic Viennese lines, and Italian quality, Lili’s bags are works of art.
Hope you enjoyed this post and a Happy New Year! So excited for all the amazing opportunities that 2016 will bring. Looking forward to continuing on this journey with you all. And as always if their is anything you would like to see on the website please leave us a comment below.
The Everyday Editor
All photos courtesy of the manufacturer.