Get To Know The Designers Behind Our Exclusives Collection
Giving independent designers a platform to expand their reach is the foundation of what we do at Garmentory. We love nothing more than to see these talented, vibrant people find success with their businesses and we are so, so honored to be a part of that process. When we floated the idea of commissioning exclusives, we were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response from our community of designers. A whopping 71 different labels are included in our first Garmentory Exclusive capsule. Curating this collection was a way for us to further lift up the designers we believe in, all of whom are crazy hard working and wholly inspiring to collaborate with.
We're so psyched on these people and we think you will be, too, so we asked each to share a fun fact. We discovered a comedian, a prom queen, a car collector, and the only person in the history of humanity who enjoys flight turbulence. Read on to meet this funny, cool crop of creatives and don't be surprised if you walk away with a new designer crush.
In just over a year, Brooklyn-based designer Wray Serna built a fangirl following for her vibrant prints and eclectic, yet classic aesthetic.
Fun Fact: “I LOVE sci-fi movies and big end of the world blockbusters. Basically I am a huge dork.”
The Brooklyn-based designer (and one of our true lady loves) started her eponymous line after years working as an illustrator for cool places like The New Yorker.
Fun Fact: “Cat lady extraordinaire? Then again, everyone already knows that. I can play the bass ambidextrously (can play right and left handed). I am very, VERY rusty both ways but still….”
Photo by Theresa Hong
Jillian Maddocks’ styles are designed with the intention of starting conversations about feminist issues and, in tune with that, 3% of sales go towards the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles.
Fun Fact: “I have more of a salt tooth than a sweet tooth!”
The brand was established in 2014 by Elora Joshi and Nicole Carbone with the intention to re-explore classic design with a commitment to ethical manufacturing.
Fun Fact - Elora: “I'm in love with the sound of saxophone music from the ‘80s. Actually, I pretty much love anything that makes me feel like I'm in an ‘80s rom-com.”
Fun Fact - Nicole: “I LOVE books. Reading them, collecting them, scanning secondhand book stores, and discovering the perfect coffee table books. My goal is to have a library in my home one day.”
A proud champion of the slow fashion movement, Megan Huntz designs and manufactures her entire eponymous collection locally in Atlanta.
Fun Fact: “I have perfect feet. I could be a foot model.”
After graduating from Parsons, Toronto-born designer, Anna Pang, worked for many notable names such as Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen and The Row.
Fun Fact: “I've been a mentor for Big Brother Big Sister in New York City. It's now my second year hanging with my 12-year-old mentee!”
Designer Jemma Swatek named the label after her mother, whose name means “lucky wolf” in Danish. Jemma, who was born in England and grew up in Denmark, now lives in California where her LA-based line is locally designed and sewn.
Fun Fact: “When I was younger we lived in Germany and I used to watch old westerns on TV with my mom but they were all dubbed in German. Imagine John Wayne speaking German!”
The Sleep Shirt
Canadian designer Alexandra Suhner Isenberg started The Sleep Shirt with a single nightshirt design inspired by the 19th century chemise.
Fun Fact: “I feel at home in a dark, heavy metal bar where everyone has long hair, and most mornings I wake up naturally, without an alarm clock.”
Combining her California roots with her time in New York, designer Katie Goldman Macdonald’s collection House Dress is made by women, for women who dress for women.
Fun Fact: “Before I started my own clothing line, I had a terrarium making business in San Francisco called Botany Factory.”
Not only does designer Angelina Rennell craft her own textiles, bags and loungewear but she also started the first original online “eco boutique”, Beklina, in 2006.
Fun Fact: “I don’t have a skincare routine at all. I’m pretty much a hippy. When I turned 40, I bought one mascara, one powder sunscreen, and one tinted lip gloss, that I wear about two times a week. When I put on lipstick I feel like a clown.”
After graduating with a BFA in Apparel Design from AI in Portland, Oregon, Janeane Marie created her own eponymous line. Her career then took her to West Palm Beach and NYC. But it wasn’t until she and her musician husband settled back in WPB that Manta really grew.
Fun Fact: “I know every line to Spaceballs the movie. Seriously, you don't want to watch it with me.”
Brooklyn-based designer, Keller Clark, started her rad footwear line to celebrate old-school craftsmanship.
Fun Fact: “I've recently completed my studies in Reiki level 2 and plan to take the master level class this year.”
Before launching her sustainable womenswear line in Austin, Miranda Bennett studied fashion design and art history at Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York.
Fun Fact: “I didn't learn how to drive until I was 31! I also spent parts of my childhood in India and Malaysia.”
Los-Angeles based designer, Misa Miyagawa, turns out small runs of bras, undies, camisoles, and more each year, all made of organic and sustainable materials.
Fun Fact: “I'm originally from Los Angeles (where the line is designed and produced) but couldn't drive until our fourth season – meaning nearly all sampling and production was coordinated using public transportation in LA up until then. Anything is possible!”
By using organic and sustainable materials, this Brooklyn-based designer presents a collection of desirable eco-consciously minded pieces in hope that people will take the time to find what speaks to them, and provide their own spiritual posture and pairing to the clothing.
Fun Fact: “I kissed two wolves once.”
Before launching her playful line or ceramic jewelry and leather handbags, Julie Hung started her career in the fashion industry as a blogger in 2011.
Fun Fact: ”I love all sour candy. My current favorite is Haribo sour gummy bears.”
New Market Goods
As lead designer and creative director, Stephan Kennedy works with a large team, more like a family, who all work hard to highlight positive garment production practices in Bangladesh.
Fun Fact: “I collaborate with my grandmother on samples - she charges a bottle of Chardonnay per garment."
This California-based designer makes each garment locally with natural fibers and many of her fabrics are actually dyed right her backyard studio using both plants and insects.
Fun Fact: “I am a part owner in the Low Tide Bar in Rockaway Beach, NY and when I lived in Brooklyn my biz partner and I had a concession stand called Motorboat and the Big Banana, making chocolate dipped frozen bananas and fish sandwiches.”
Photo by Modern Kids
Multi disciplinary artist, Merida Anderson, is not only a ceramics genius but also has a background in fashion design, runs a roving supper club, and is a published author.
Fun Fact: “In my other life before ceramics, over ten years ago, I was a designer of my own clothing label before I broke both of my wrists in two equally funny SEPERATE accidents and have been on a "break" from designing ever since.”
Alex Claster and Katherine Theofilos maintain a cultured approach when it comes to their Los Angeles-based design initiative and clothing line.
Fun Fact: “We started l'equip as project in college in New York... is that fun? I don't know, it's so hot in LA right now, I literally am having a hard time thinking.”
Founder Danielle Colen is a native New Yorker with a background in landscape and architectural photography, which is reflected in the strong lines and precise shapes that run through each collection.
Fun Fact: “I always carry with me this keychain that my friends gave me before moving to California nine years ago. It’s shaped like a jasmine leaf and says ìa new leafî on it.”
Photo by Robby Durler
Ever since she began making crochet accessories in 2010, Dani Griffiths has watched her small side project blossom into a full-blown brand.
Fun Fact: "I performed comedy throughout my high school years. (I'm still a comedian)."
Designer, Helena Fredriksson, combines her Scandinavian upbringing with the multicultural reality of living in NYC to create her conscious collection designed in Brooklyn.
Fun Fact: “I have a visual memory. It’s why I keep all my books (and most of my belongings) in color order and remember things by color or cover.”
New York-based designer, Catherine Carnevale, works with gifted knitters and artisans in Peru and Bolivia to create high-quality, unique pieces that will last for years.
Fun Fact: “For the past 15 years have become known for riding my bike around in my four inch heels, day and night, year round!”
The Common Knowledge
After obtaining her degree in industrial design, Zara Dramov, began examining new and different ways to manipulate leather, challenging the accessories market and traditional manufacturing methods. Result? The Common Knowledge.
Fun Fact: “I'm currently on a mission to bake the perfect canelé!”
Bringing back inspiration from Gothic and Renaissance art and newly honed expertise in metalsmithing is the design duo, Shira Laye and Morgan Carrier, behind this Vancouver-based jewelry line.
Fun Fact: “LACAR is a mixture of our last names, Laye and Carrier, but we once considered combining our first names, in which case we would have been called MOSHI.”
After working in the fashion industry for corporate companies and witnessing the waste that goes along with fast fashion, Maria threw her life savings into building her own collection.
Fun Fact: “My first and only instrument was a baritone (a smaller version of a tuba). I was 11 years old and 55lbs, I fit in the case with it closed.”
This sustainable designer believes that comfort can be interesting, so none of her pieces have buttons, zippers or snaps;only ties, wraps and elastic.
Fun Fact: “I love playing video games, so much so that I almost went to grad school for game design.”
After working with fashion greats like Erdem, Zandra Rhodes and Rouland Mouret, Canadian designer Eliza Faulkner launched her namesake line of clothing for the elegant sportif in 2012.
Fun Fact: “I love dance aerobics!”
Self-taught designer, Gittit Szwarc has a background in martial arts, dabbled in mathematics, started studying psychology, then left school in her second year to start her jewelry line.
Fun Fact: “I was a Capoeira teacher before starting Knobbly.”
Before launching her own label, designer Deanna Ansara studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and went on to work for high-profile brands like Tory Burch and Ralph Lauren.
Fun Fact: “Baby D was a sassafrass from a young age and never really fit in while growing up in metro Detroit. I've been a feminist/humanist pretty much since I could put together full sentences. No idea where I developed this sense of individuality/outspokenness because I basically raised myself, and there certainly weren't little feminists bopping around our elementary school in Farmington, Michigan. Being brought up in a traditional Middle Eastern family, you are exposed to misogyny and outdated gender roles at a young age. Being the sassy lady I was, I would put older men in their place, with a huge smile on my face. Not much has really changed since then. I will continue to fight the good fight and break down these ridiculous categories and gender roles.”
Inspired by naturally-found patterns and forms, Los Angeles-based designer Leigh Newman, uses melted wax to hammer a full spectrum of metals into lust-worthy jewelry.
Fun Fact: “I lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for three years where I first started to learn my craft at a local atelier.”
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This New York City-based designer works with master tailors who hand-finish and hand-cut many of her designs, all under her watchful eye.
Fun Fact: “I asked my teacher in kindergarten to call me Anne after Anne of Green Gables and still have the report card for ‘Anne McMillan’”
Montreal-based designer, Caroline Pham, graduated from Parsons before launching her jewelry line in 2015, which incorporates methods like beading and weaving alongside materials like bronze and tassels.
Fun Fact: “I've once worked in a construction site in midtown Manhattan and was the only female worker. Dragonfruit is my favorite fruit. And I love thunderstorms and flight turbulence.”
Photo by Schaël Marcéus
A native of Kingston Ontario, Charlotte Stone grew up in a family of graphic artists and interior designers and decided to become a shoe designer while still in her teens.
Fun Fact: “We collect vintage VWs! We have an ‘83 Riviera, a ‘71 Westie and a ‘73 single cab. We love how they bring us closer to nature and to our mechanic.”
The Pursuits of Happiness
Based in Portland Oregon, April Brimmer and Pavel Cherny draw inspiration from the oddities of nature, midcentury design, and nostalgic memories when creating their art.
Fun Fact: "Pavel and I first met at a bowling alley in 2012. We don't go bowling very often anymore but we always love to see classic lanes still in operation. Also, quite by coincidence this recent portrait of us was taken behind a bowling alley in LA!"
New York-based artist Monica Hofstadter hand makes all her textiles objects that blur the line between minimalist art and decadent creatures comfort.
Fun Fact: “I was named prom queen at my senior prom which was rapture themed... it wasn't a conventional high school.”
Each of Kristen Robinson’s pieces are handmade using recycled silver, bronze and gold wherever possible in her Portland-based environmentally-conscious studio.
Fun Fact: “I rescued a Muscovy duck named Francis and now she’s the mascot for a bed and breakfast at an animal sanctuary.”
Founded by a trio of childhood friends back in 2012, Priory has since earned a loyal following for its minimalist yet distinct separates.
Fun Fact - Eunice Quan: "My best friend is my childhood blanket named Reddy."
This multifunctional bag brand’s concept began with Paige Smith searching for a way to make her San Francisco bike commute a little bit easier.
Fun Fact: “While the three of us ( designers Consuelo Chozas and Paige Smith, stylist Sissy Sainte-Marie) were brainstorming on what we wanted the Deco to be, you could find us in the studio, sticking and strapping items from our purses to our bodies.”
Mathematician-turned artisan Marie Foxall’s handmade jewelry is all meticulously crafted piece-by-piece in Vancouver, BC.
Fun Fact: “I play the drums and sometimes play the keyboards at the same time! I'm currently doing both in this freaky cool band.” (Link to band https://monsoonmoonunit.bandcamp.com
Founder, Sandra Canselier, descends from a long line of Fresh shoemakers; her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all made shoes in the province of Pays de la Loire. Now a firmly entrenched New Yorker, Sandra continues making shoes in the French tradition.
Fun Fact: “My first internship in business school was selling encyclopedias door to door in Daytona Beach—a nightmare come true! Also I grew up doing competitive waterskiing including pyramid formation.”
Hackwith Design House
With a background in studio art, it was the gift of a sewing machine from her mother that led Lisa Hackwith, designer and founder, to discover that her ideal medium was designing and making clothing.
Fun Fact: “I own a giant Rottweiler named Samson.”
Dubbed the fashion world’s artisanal dyer by the New York Times, Audrey Louise Reynolds uses right and left-brained instincts to create her dyes from all natural ingredients, foraged and sourced from daily life, travels and unexpected encounters.
Fun Fact: “I've always loved pizza and jumpsuits.”
This Portland milliner has a background in architectural design, fine art and textiles, which gives her a keen eye for precision, a love of fine materials and an appreciation for the construction techniques used in the trade.
Fun Fact: “My favorite meal is a smoothie and french fries. I never wear heels and I once lived in a tipi in the desert.”
The unique and varied patterns on every piece are all original works painted, collaged, photographed or drawn by founder and artist Ryley O’Byrne.
Fun Fact: “The idea for Strathcona came to me in a dream.”
Designer Daniella Samper’s womenswear line focuses on the seven chakras in the body and elements of Indian design are fused with contemporary details and structured silhouettes
Fun Fact: “I am Colombian and love love instrumental folkloric music.”
Using fabric sourced from Italy and Japan for her signature sheath dresses and Sixties-inspired coats, this Vancouver-based designer is all about making clothes that are feminine and easy.
Fun Fact: “I'm using a non-profit organization to do all the cutting and sewing of my production. They happen to be in the same building as [Garmentory HQ in Vancouver]!” threadworkscommunity.ca
Clan of Cro
Designer Kendall Falcon implements a sustainable approach in use of textiles by sourcing luxury vintage and deadstock fabric from all over the United States.
Fun Fact: “My grandmother is an incredible artist and seamstress, she began to teach me how to sew around age 9. I still seek her advice and love sharing my design work with her.”
Founders (and sisters) of this womenswear line, Leah and Becky Plante, work to reduce waste by abstaining from over cuts, and donating their extra material to education nonprofits.
Fun Fact: “Our first time working together in the fashion world was in highschool. We both worked part-time at Hollister!”
Before setting up shop for herself, Brooklyn-based designer Carol Miltimore spent years designing for major labels like Calvin Klein and Michael Kors.
Fun Fact: “I've worked as a designer in fashion since 2003 but my background is as a painter and I'm also a certified yoga teacher.”
Toronto native, Pari Desai, designed for TSE and Calvin Klein in New York before heading to Los Angeles to lead knitwear design for several years at A.L.C. It wasn’t until 2014 she launched her eponymous collection.
Fun Fact: “I studied traditional tailoring and millinery before starting my career as in-house designer at one of the last knitting factories in North America.”
Photo by Eddie Chacon
The Portland-based designer sews every piece in her studio, screen-prints locally, and donates any fabric scraps to Gem Text Recycling, making Laurs Kemp a zero-waste studio.
Fun Fact: “I watch at least one film per day and document the films I watch on Instagram @_staircasewit.”
After years of working in fashion and creating an acclaimed floral design company, Aurora Botanica, Rawan Rihani was ready to launch her own line.
Fun Fact: “Some of my first drawings as a child were of wedding dresses, but mostly they were two circles for boobs and a gigantic triangle for the dress! When I was at RISD (Rhode Island school of design) studying apparel design, I had to update my fashion illustration style significantly!”
The Toronto-based BFFs behind this collection, Eve Tobolka and Alynne Lavigne, discovered their fascination for jewelry when they both started their vintage costume jewelry collections.
Fun Fact - Eve: “My favorite food is chips and Alynne's is sauce.
the general public
Raised at the junction of the rugged and the hopeful, designer Allison Reaves grew up cultivating a pragmatic core of Montana values and an insatiable desire for horizons yet to be found.
Fun Fact: “The General Public was originally going to be called ‘Anonymous Society’."
Designer Sonia Tay celebrates the use of natural dye plants such as indigo, madder root and walnut in her vibrant color palette.
Fun Fact: “My last name is written with the Chinese Character 戴, which means to "to wear" in Mandarin. Also, I was born and raised in NYC by my family who immigrated to the United States from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in the ‘70s.”
The Portland-based designer makes everything using minimal waste production in the beloved Portland Garment Factory.
Fun Fact: “I haven’t watched a scary movie since 1999.”
After graduating from Pratt, designer Rebecca Mapes, joined the ranks of the local retail darlings at In God We Trust, and then set out on her own to explore her own aesthetics and launch her signature jewelry collection.
Fun Fact: “I swam competitively for over 10 years.”
Portland-based designer Lizzie Falkenstein started Primecut in 2013 without the real intention of creating a company.
Fun Fact: “My sewing career started young. I sold purses made out of vintage t-shirts in high-school.”
After graduating from Parsons The New School of Design, Toronto native Kylie Nakao, became chief buyer for a trendy upscale NYC boutique, which is where the idea of merging skill and experience began to take shape and out came her first and signature jewelry collection.
Fun Fact: “My friends like to say I am a sushi-meatball, because I am half Japanese and half Italian.”
This Los Angeles-based designer makes some of our favorite in-demand staples and the coziest knitwear. Seriously, you'll even want to wear her pieces in the summer heat.
Fun Fact: “A little known fact about me is that I had two horses growing up: Stormy and Thunder.”
After graduating from Parsons in 2012, the Miami-born, New York-based designer set out to combine the ease of classic sportswear with playful textiles and thoughtful details.
Fun Fact: “I was on the step team in high school.”
This Los Angeles-based German designer has had a long-time passion for product design. Her collection is comprised of timeless, detailed pieces that are simple to wear, yet complex and smart in their structure and aesthetic.
Fun Fact: "I named an entire collection after famous Germans in Hollywood, like the Kinski Dress or the Dietrich Pants."
After 17+ years designing accessories for mega brands, Erica Recto stepped away to pursue her own passion for making and creating
Fun Fact: “I got my head shaved (bald!) on public TV when I was 14 for a free lunch. Afterwards I was in a couple music videos featuring kids with a ‘Nineties look’.”
Brooklyn-based artist and designer Julie Thevenot launched her eponymous line of avant-garde, playful accessories and decorative objects in 2012.
Fun Fact: I love wearing lipstick in any circumstance! Even for running and snowboarding. :)