The Collective Showroom is a co-op that hosts emerging fashion and jewelry designs. I recently had the opportunity to visit the showroom and meet some designers; below is just a sampling of the talent they had in store!
Yael, Tamar, and Dina – the Magnes Sisters – are behind an awesome handbag collection, which has previously been featured on Fashion Pulse Daily. This time around, we still love them as much as ever! Their popular dry martini bags (folding clutches) were my favorites and came in a variety of colors, fabrics, and prints.
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Mia Hebib is the genius behind Oblik-Atelier and is based out of Brooklyn, NY. Her art-deco (Hebib has an “obsession” with lines)- inspired collection is entirely handmade and limited in production. Oblik-Atelier, which has been featured in magazines such as i-D and Lucky, will soon be gracing the pages of a prominent Swiss magazine in Spring 2010. All of the pieces I saw were interesting, unique, and truly works of art.
Korean-born designer Yegang Yoo (who has previously worked with Vena Cava, Hussein Chalayan, and Rachel Comey) is another emerging fashion talent based out of Brooklyn. Her accessible collection – first launched for fall/winter 2008 – featured awesome custom-made geometric prints, dark colors, draped pieces, and light fabrics, as well as many blazers, shorts, and tunics. I completely fell in love with her unique collection, especially with many of the brilliantly draped dresses!
Saltbox is travel luggage, totes, and cosmetic bags that are sturdy, laid back, and perfect for everyday use. One of the best things about this collection are the unique, crazy wallpaper-like prints – there is truly a design for everyone! The collection is also fairly priced – it’s a relief to find something attractive and well-made that won’t break the bank, let alone perfect for travel. In fact, many of the travel bags feature airplane emblems that, appropriately enough, went through quite the journey themselves: first embroidered, then made out of clay and shipped to India and New Jersey, before being completed and added as the perfect finishing touch to this already unique line of totes. Pick one up today and travel in style!
One of the most sought after pieces in this collection, a black crop vest, originally didn’t make the final cut, but was so popular with everyone who saw it that the designer, Shenan Fraguadas, added it back in, and thank goodness for that! This bold and beautiful Brooklyn-based collection is heavy on a vintage-y and rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, as well as asymmetrics, destruction, crop tops, neutral colors, and floral prints. One of my favorite pieces is a shredded black crop top that would surely add a tough, interesting edge to an otherwise basic outfit.