By Nadja Sayej
When it comes to spring style, this season is all about uncovering new brands you’ve never heard of. While we all know the big brand names offer cool styles, why not support smaller designers, too? Style in 2023 is all about your own expression, following the beat of your own drum. So instead of following trends, discover new brands that fit your own style.
Whether you are sporty, looking for something super feminine or are obsessed with sequins, here are 15 brands to check out, from a Vancouver-based brand that makes stylish athleisure called French Lime, to BuddyLove, a Dallas-based brand that makes some of the cutest cocktail dresses around.
This Australian designer has it all. Since Rebecca Vallance launched her brand in 2011, and showing her first collection in Paris, she has taken off as a must-have designer. Her Palais mini dress in pink is ideal for summer parties, but all of her dresses are sure to dazzle (especially the sequin ones). Stars like Lady Gaga and Sienna Miller call themselves fans of the brand. Find her dresses at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, among other boutiques.
This British brand was co-founded by designer Ricky Wesley Harriott, who brings strings, threads and asymmetrical fashion to practical womenswear. SRVC stands for “Service” and it’s easy to see why—it serves women in their day-to-day life with comfort and style. Otherwise, what’s the point? Stylistically, Harriott brings a futuristic edge to his designs, and allows women to use SRVC garments to their own style, and has been worn by Solange Knowles and Kendall Jenner. It’s inspired by the strong women who have changed his life. “My aesthetic is rooted in the women I grew up observing; my mother, my step-mother, the women on the estate I grew up around,” he said. “Since I was a child, I was very conscious of the strength and resilience that women were capable of in the face of adversity and mistreatment. I really seek to tell stories inspired by these women I love and continue to encounter, creating a uniform that supports them as they blur the lines between civilian and superhero.”
Thrifts and Threads
Thrifts and Threads was founded by Cuba-born, Miami-based designer Gabriela Prendes, the brand is inspired by craftsmanship. With handmade garments created by artisans in Mexico, this slow fashion brand brings a modern spin to textile traditions. The brand aims to empower women from underdeveloped communities, and keep them employed. Check out their stylish Denim Set, which is inspired by Britney Spears’ Y2K denim-on-denim set.
Founded by Mexican designer Denise Saad, French Lime is a Vancouver-based athleisure brand that is not only eco-friendly but size-inclusive. The designs of the leggings and matching, off-the-shoulder halter tops are based on digital renditions designed by Saad, who makes each pair a postcard from a real or imagined city. Try the Berlin leggings showcasing the city’s graffiti or Helsinki leggings, inspired by the Finnish capital. The company donates a portion of proceeds to women’s shelters like the Horizon House, Anna Sample House, & Atira Women’s Society.
Bang & Olufsen
Everyone is talking about how big headphones are the latest it-girl accessory. The top of the line product has to be Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay H95 headphones, which come in a soft taupe with rose gold detailing. This Danish audio brand has standout sound quality, and brings a stylish touch to all of their wearable products to match practically any outfit.
This west coast accessories brand is all about the easy, breezy lifestyle. Founded by Ivy Moliver, all the items are made by top level artisans. As a result, the brand is bringing a breath of fresh air to handbags today. For a chic purse to pair up with your cocktail dress, try the Bar Harbor Bag, which is covered in blue floral appliqués. This soft, vintage-style bag is made of responsibly sourced leather, and has a large, round handle and a detachable chain strap. For a day trip, try the Gropius Tote. This Bauhaus-inspired tote bag calls on Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus design school, for a simple, minimal design.
BuddyLove is a fun fashion and lifestyle brand from Texas that brings the sparkles, sequins and old school glamor to any outfit. The key word here is sequins. Check out their LynLee sequin wrap dress in Fortune Teller (it’ll cover you in sequin stars), or their Disco Tiered Sequin Short Dress in Glamour. It’ll add a splash of glam to any cocktail party you attend this summer. For beachwear, try their animal printed Lottie/Bicostal set in Prowl for a bathing suit and wrap dress with an elastic band waist. And if you’re already thinking about fall fashion, order a pair of their Travolta high rise metallic pants in bronze, which can be paired up with a sequin blazer or jean jacket.
This brand was founded in Byron Bay, Australia, and is built on a love of motorcycles. It all started with a t-shirt collection in 2011, and has grown into its own lifestyle brand and fashion label that encompasses womenswear, menswear, housewares and accessories built on a rock and roll ethos. For a summer overcoat on chilly nights, try the Discovery Trench coat in Faded Khaki, and even pair it up with the Ivy mid-rise pleated pants.
We might know Rachel Gilbert as the queen of wedding guest dressing in Australia, but she’s also the queen of fun party dresses, too. The brand was first founded in 2007 by Gilbert, and while she is known for her bridal collections, she’s also known for her eveningwear and cocktail dresses. Her sparkly, stylish dresses have been worn by everyone from Taylor Swift to Nicole Kidman, and her high-end dresses are known for their extravagant fabrics and feathers. Her latest collection includes long dresses, retro patterns and feather trimmings.
This brand was first founded in New York City in 2001, and has since become an affordable mainstay in women’s closets literally everywhere. This woman-run brand makes sure the brand is relatable. From boots to sneakers and heels, their shoes are priced between $80 to $300. Now, this shoe and accessories brand recently opened their first flagship store in New York City’s Soho neighborhood, and brings an elevated touch to their corner on Broadway. Check out their stylish, comfortable sneakers or their heels, like their Aries Heels, or even their colorful Estelle Handbag.
Camilla is a brand founded by Camilla Franks, an Australian fashion designer, who fuels her designs with the inspiration of her travels. She first launched her collection at Australian Fashion Week in 2004, and has since gone international, selling in 55 countries across the world. Many of her prints are hand-drawn and painted in-house by a select group of artists and designers. Check out their Kimono Sleeve Dress With Shirring Detail in pink to bring a splash of color to your summer nights, which has sparkly button ups, a kimono sleeve and a V neckline.
The latest pair of Viwone headphones are stylish and practical. The French-founded high-performance headphone company offers Bluetooth wireless headphones that last for 40 hours. They come in four colors, from rose gold to white and even black gemstone-covered headphones, and have a mobile app to help perfect the best sound.
If you’re looking for affordable sleepwear, look no further. Luvlette makes comfortable, light and wearable sleepwear for women, as you make your closet turnover from cool to warm weather. Check out their Lace Trim Blouse & Slit Hem Pants PJ Set in baby blue, or their bras, panties, loungewear and activewear.
This beachwear brand was born in Santa Monica back in 2015, and have since been creating lightweight, comfortable beach-friendly clothes and swimwear for women of all sizes. As part of their latest collaboration with Stassie Karanikolaou, the X STASSIE Oasis Wrap Halter Cheeky One Piece Swimsuit in black has a crisscross halter neckline and open back. It’s flattering on all shapes and sizes. Also check out their stylish cover ups, like their crochet dress or the black cover up mini dress.
The Los Angeles-based sustainable apparel brand Losano has a new line of activewear called the SculptLux Contour collection. It comes in a variety of colors (beige, rust, black and a cloud blue pattern), and is made by their “SculptLux” fabric, which is made out of 83 percent recycled Repreve polyester (which is made from recycled water bottles) and 17 percent Spandex. The new collection features the Contour Tank, ideal for yoga and barre classes and the Contour Leggings.
Everviolet is a sustainable brand that uses smooth fabrics for their comfortable bras, underwear, lingerie and loungewear for women of all sizes. They aim to cater to all body sizes, including women who have recently undergone pregnancy, cancer diagnosis, and chest surgeries. Check out their Calla Modal Kimono with Lace or pair up their Vela Brazilian Sustainable Panties with the Astrid Pocketed Bralette.
When it comes to spring and summer parties, Billini’s Vincija strappy platform heels in bone patent white are the perfect way to dress up your evening look during the spring and summer. This Australian shoe and accessory brand has been bringing cutting edge style since 2009. And the best part is that most of their shoes are affordable.
MinkeeBlue is a brilliant bag brand for the everyday woman who has to change her look from day to night in a handbag. With room for a lunch bag, a laptop and a shoe compartment, it comes in tote bags, backpacks and more. They’re available on Macys.com.
Mariana Ordosgoitia founded her brand Ordosgoitia in 2021 in Montería, Colombia, which is fueled by fantasy and imagination. She wanted to create a romantic brand that honors feminine power and simplicity. Check out their dresses, two-pieces and wispy tops that incorporate lace and soft fabrics into her designs.
Last but not least, if you are an avid shopper and often find yourself running out of closet space, look no further. Moralve is a company that specializes in closet space. They have a sophisticated hanger to help organize your clothes with their space-saving pants hangers on Amazon.