Around The World is a collection of our favorite brands from
across the globe, chosen by our buyers for their uniquely international
take on fashion.
We sent the spring Around The World collections to emerging
photographers in destinations as far-flung and disparate as
Poland, Serbia, China, and Ukraine. Designs from Stockholm’s
Carin Wester are photographed by Nigerian photographer Oroma
Elewa, French label Sessùn is visualized by Mariam Sitchinava
in the Republic of Georgia, Australia’s Shakuhachi shot by South
Korea’s Hasisi Park, and more. This multinational approach
resulted in images that are a mix of styles, cultures, and talents—
exactly what Around The World is all about.
Charlie Engman — Chicago, IL, USA
Rodebjer has gained a reputation in Sweden and
around the world for strong silhouettes, skillful
patternmaking and a fresh new approach to fashion.
Upon its creation, the line instantly struck a note
with both the fashion-conscious crowd and more
casual-oriented customers, offering a unique blend
of wearability and classic elegance combined with a
distinctly modern and youthful sensibility.
Lukasz Weirzbowski — Wroclaw, Poland
Dating all the way back to 1913, French brand Le
Mont St. Michel has been able to mix tradition with
a modern sensibility to produce alluring feminine
clothes with edge. At the helm of the brand is
Alexandre Milan, who counts Britain as an influence
for its culture of knitted fabrics, as well as Japan
for its modernity and easy style. It is through these
observations that Milan has created a brand whose
look embodies both its traditional background and
French style in a completely modern way.
Le Mont St. Michel
Julia Burlingham — New York, NY, USA
The Velour story started way back in 1997, inspired
by Per Andersson’s grandmother’s old ready-to-wear
shop, recently closed after 50 years of business. Finally
launched in 2005, the Velour line is, to this day, filled
with history, eclectic inspiration and details, exemplifying
a perfect blend of fit and individuality through
pieces designed for the daring and exceptional.
Aurélien Arbet & Jérémie Egry — Paris, France
In 1997, pharmacy student Ana Carrasco began to
make colorful accessories for friends and relatives.
Several successful years later, she created Malababa.
Today, the Madrid-based designer hand crafts all her
products in various materials, providing a signature
originality to each of her designs.
Zhang Jungang & Li Jie — Harbin, China
Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins formed YMC in
1995, in response to the undeniable and increasing
demand for functional and modern clothing. Their
aim is to produce original garments that people with
a passion for clothes and individualistic style will find
appealing. YMC is not influenced by seasonal trends
and instead aims to design clothing that ensures
longevity and redevelopment from season to season.
Rob Kulisek — North Wildwood, NJ, USA
Minimarket is a Swedish clothing label designed by
sisters Sofie, Pernilla and Jennifer Elvestedt. Created
in 2006, their design philosophy is based on using
opposites for perfect balance – comfort combined
with extravagance. The trio all vary widely in taste
and style, but consistently find a unifying path in
design that inspires them as a group.
Tania Shcheglova & Roman Noven — Kiev, Ukraine
Based in Stockholm, The Local Firm designs a wide
variety of garments for both men and women, inspired
by architecture, shapes and art & design from the
former Eastern Bloc. The brand’s design philosophy
of “strength in numbers” and use of muted tones
combine to create clothes of exceptional quality.
the local firm
David Meskhi — Berlin, Germany
Sweden’s House of Dagmar has been widely recognized
by the fashion industry for its arty/chic
style. Founded by three sisters – each with notable
backgrounds within Sweden and throughout the
international fashion industry – the line has received
favorable press from around the world, as well as
several prestigious awards.
house of dagmar
Samuel Hodge — Glen Innes, Australia
Stolen Girlfriends Club was founded on a youthful
rebellious spirit, a healthy sense of humor and the
ability to entertain and make things matter. The
minds behind the boutique brand, Dan Gosling,
Luke Harwood, and Marc Moore, are a New
Zealand-based trio with backgrounds in surfing.
Their approach to the fashion business is as relative
outsiders – they have no professional design training
and began simply by making clothes for themselves
and their friends.
stolen girlfriends club
Ana Kras — Belgrade, Serbia
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wood Wood
embodies a laid-back blend of underground-influenced
and high-end thinking, resulting in a surprising
and distinct selection of styles.
Philippe Gerlach — Burghausen, Germany
Inspired by a TV documentary about a French
businessman living in India, Jean Touitou of A.P.C.
and designer Jessica Ogden set off for Madras to see
for themselves the beauty of the country. Taking in
everything that they saw and experienced, they have
produced A.P.C. Madras, a collection that combines
Touitou’s simple Parisian style with Ogden’s love
of color and print - capturing the spirit of a neverending
Oroma Elewa — Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Since launching her own label in 2003, Stockholm’s
Carin Wester has become known for her feminine
take on effortless Swedish cool – she routinely
produces alluring collections that mix simplicity with
style and play on femininity without being overly
girly. Through making careful use of different structures,
textures and details, nothing is without consideration,
yet Wester’s clothes make it seem so easy.
Hasisi Park — Seoul, South Korea
Based in Australia and named for a Japanese flute,
Shakuhachi enjoys a global following thanks to the
line’s directional yet accessible looks, characterized
by thoughtfully-chosen fabrics in remarkable color
Jody Rogac — Vancouver, Canada
Stine Goya combines beauty and drama in edgy
collections for the daring individual – collections that
don’t adhere to current trends but seek authenticity
and renewal, grounded in a continual identity with a
distinct visual expression. This is an expression that
appeals to the independent female, whose personal
style is an articulation of self. Stine Goya’s universe
extends a modern framework for this individuality.
Mariam Sitchinava — Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
French label Sessùn was born after a trip to Latin
America, where designer Emma François was inspired
by the culture and craftsmanship found there. With
Sessùn, François strives to offer women a substantial
wardrobe rather than just a seasonal collection;
one where the clothes emphasize both line and the
luxurious materials used to make each piece.
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