These days it’s easier than ever to support up and coming designers. The online marketplace is one that’s always evolving and now there are greater opportunities for emerging designers to get their wares out there. A number of online destinations are taking on emerging designers so now us shoppers have greater access than ever before to fresh, new talent. If you like the idea of supporting up and coming designers then take a look at these online destinations where you can do just that.
1. Of a Kind
As soon as you read the ‘about us’ page on their website, you know that Of A Kind have a genuine passion for supporting up and coming designers. It’s more than just a store with products, as they also share stories about each designer. That way you get to learn more about what you’re buying, which makes the whole online shopping process that bit more intimate. The store stocks a range of fashion and accessories and designers currently featured include Wren, Dusen Dusen, and Cook & Gates. Learn more at their website, ofakind.com.
ANTHOM is an international online boutique that carries “under-the-radar designers, independent labels, and exclusive capsule collections.” You’ll find a range of clothing, shoes, and accessories that can cost as little as $20 or as much as $400. ANTHOM currently stocks designers such as Cameo, DRIFTER, and Samantha Pleet. Check out what they offer at shopanthom.com.
Modcloth is a great destination for vintage-inspired buys and cute and quirky finds. Even better is that they stock a range of independent labels, emerging designers, and one-of-a-kind products. They also have ‘Make the Cut’ contests where aspiring designers can submit designs that will then be made and sold through the store. Shoppers can also vote items by emerging designers into production via their ‘Be the Buyer’ program. You can do it too, simply visit modcloth.com.
4. Need Supply Co
Need Supply Co. started as a physical store in Richmond, Virginia but soon expanded to be a popular online shopping destination. This online destination stocks a carefully curated mix of well-known brands and up and coming independent designers from the U.S.A. and around the globe. The store caters for both men’s and women’s fashion and offers international shipping as well. Learn more at needsupply.com.
5. Not Just a Label
Not Just A Label is an online shop that offers up unique designer pieces and limited edition items from emerging designers worldwide. Products are shipped directly from studios around the world so there’s that direct connection between the designer and buyer. The shop stocks a range of men’s and women’s fashion and accessories as well as unisex items. Find something you like at notjustalabel.com.
6. The Graduation
The Graduation is an Australian online shopping website. It stocks a range of up and coming Australian labels such as L’America, MLM, and Jamie Ashkar. While it currently showcases only Australian designers, this online destination will soon be introducing emerging designers from all over the globe. Keep up to date via their site: thegraduation.com.au.
Boticca is like a giant marketplace for all your jewellery and accessory needs. It’s a collective hub of many different stores run by many different designers. You’ll find anything here from fine jewellery to fun party pieces. Browsing the site (boticca.com) will no doubt lead to you to discovering a plethora of emerging talent as well as a few new favourite designers.
These are just some online destinations that support up and coming designers. Do you have any favourite emerging designers? What tips do you have for supporting emerging talent?