Designer Profiles

Big Lives scours the globe to identify exceptional up-and-coming designers. We connect them to customers through pop up events, and tell their stories.

The Collection: Spring-Summer 2018

This season is about optimism and edge. Playful pinks, rich blues, and soft greens are offset by unexpected prints and jacquards. Texture reigns.

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Marianne Fassler

Marianne Fassler, Johannesburg Fashion Week designer, runs her creative workspace in South Africa. The collection is hand-cut, hand-beaded, hand-dyed, and crafted in-house in a sustainable and ethical way. Marianne describes South African fashion as able to bring “that undefinable magical thing that makes fashion glimmer, and brings you to some kind of emotion.” The collection is brought to the US exclusively through Big Lives.

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Rodebjer

Rodebjer was born in 1999 with Carin Rodebjer outfitting her close friends in Stockholm. It has since grown into one of Sweden’s most beloved brands. The collection is inspired by counterculture, feminism, film, art, and literature.

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Christine Alcalay

Christine Alcalay grew up with a sewing needle in her hand, immigrating to NYC from Vietnam at the age of 3. Designing clothes became her first love as she worked by her mother's side in factories. Having attended Parsons and interned with Christian Lacroix in Paris, Alcalay opened her Park Slope studio/shop in 2002 with an ultra-feminine, timeless sensibility.

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Carolina Ritzler

Carolina Ritzler’s never-ending source of inspiration is women. The pillar of each collection is the jumpsuit: the designer’s prized form of self-expression. She sees the jumpsuit as an ally—universal, elegant, and adaptable. Carolina’s atelier is located on la rue du Faubourg Poissonnière in Paris, where all her designs are conceived and crafted.

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Nicole Saldana

Nicole Saldana, Opening Ceremony veteran turned entrepreneur, delivers the second season of her eponymous collection with Spring-Summer 2018. Her styles are named after her girlfriends, representing a collection as diverse as her loved ones.

Shoes

Huma Blanco

Huma Blanco is the debut collection from Adriana Crocco, third generation shoemaker and designer based in Lima. Her Peruvian-Italian heritage has led her to an appreciation for exquisite materials, construction, and textures reflected in her designs.

Shoes

byFAR

byFAR is a Bulgarian shoe brand founded by twins Valentina and Sabina, and their best friend Denitsa. The collection is inspired by Eastern European youth culture. The team travels between Australia and Europe designing and producing the collection, which is handmade in a small, family-run factory with Italian materials.

Jewelry

charXchen

charXchen represents an infatuation with wearable objects that keep secrets and tell stories. Citing Picasso and Brancusi as two of her favorite artists, designer Charlotte Chen takes inspiration from modernist painting and sculpture. Each piece is to be an everyday companion, gathering big and small experiences with you.

Jewelry

Jamie Joseph

Jamie Joseph transforms the most stunning stones into little works of art. Each stone is meticulously faceted with signature cutting techniques to bring out its unique natural characteristics and presence. Every piece is one-of-a-kind.

Jewelry

n+a new york

n+a yew york was founded by sisters Noriko and Akiko Sugawara from Yokohama, Japan. Their designs reflect the subtle beauty of city life and nature—textures of rocks and leaves, cracks in subway walls, historic buildings—details that go unnoticed in the busy rush of daily life. All pieces are handcrafted and made-to-order in Tribeca.

Jewelry

JCH

JCH creates handmade accessories that have a clean and balanced aesthetic—organic, modern shapes, and a muted color palette. Radiant brass and gold evoke a sense of quiet endurance. Cotton materials nod to nautical and macramé knotting techniques. All pieces are conceived and produced by Brooklyn-based Jen Cogliantry.

Accessories

Von Drenik

Von Drenik embodies free-spirited creativity and modern functionality. After years in the Corporate world, designer Sorenne opted for a life of wanderlust. Her collection is inspired by travel, made in NYC, and finished by hand in a Portland, Oregon. Textiles are ethically sourced and made by artisans in India.

Accessories

Alice Noon

Alice Noon accessories are handmade in Seattle by self-taught designer Tiffany Eley, who named the line after her fearless, intelligent, and self-made great grandmother. Her bags are constructed from oil-tanned and Cheyenne pebbled leather, commonly used for motorcycle chaps, and suede.

Accessories

IMAGO-A

IMAGO-A was launched by South-Korean born, Brooklyn designer Yegang Yoo. Having worked for Rachel Comey and Hussein Chalayan, Yoo branched out on her own to create an accessories line built on sculptural shapes inspired by modern art and architecture.

Accessories

Marie Turnor

Marie Turnor is designed by Beth Goodman who studied art in London before attending FIT in New York. Beth is inspired by unexpected yet everyday objects. Her iconic clutch was conceived when Beth spotted a woman in Paris walking down the street with a paper bag in her hand.

Accessories

Hilo Sagrado

Hilo Sagrado uses design and technology to support artisans for greater social impact. This season, the rich cultural heritage of the Wayuu people (bordering Colombia and Venezuela) is carefully woven into each mochila. Wayuu Mochila bags are crocheted using a traditional technique passed through generations.