Every year, Philadelphia Fashion Week seems to go as fast as it came. The chic outfits worn by the best of Philly’s fashionistas are photographed, runway shows are watched, and a ton of shopping is done. But the best part, perhaps, is right after the looked-forward-to event is over when guests of shows are able to fully recognize the breadth of talented designers living in this city. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up 6 up-and-coming Philly designers to keep an eye on until next season.
“I’ve always had a lot of creative energy and a strong desire to express myself through art and design. I’ve found the best and most satisfying way to express myself is through the clothing I design. One of the most special things about fashion as a creative outlet that I have found is that not only being able to express myself, but being able to help other women express themselves through they way that they dress. I think it is so amazing to be able to not only get my own point of view out there but to give other people a way in which they can show off their personality and individuality.”
“My mom sews and made a lot of my clothing when I was younger and taught me to sew at a young age. I started making my own clothing in high school because I wanted to stand out but could never find anything I wanted to wear. I did a lot of thrifting and would re-make vintage pieces to update them and tailor them to fit me. I went to Savannah College of Design for Fashion and after graduating I signed on with Anthropologie as a design intern, and ended up designing for the company for 11 years before making the decision to start my own line.”
“I am most inspired by nature and necessity. Being outside and interacting with nature has always been a really peaceful and centering place for me. I get many of my design ideas while on long hikes. I have always been most inspired by those around me. My friends, family, and other designers were a huge source of inspiration for me when I got started. ”
“I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, and to this day am inspired by the natural beauty of that area. [I] was so influenced by the family trips to antique markets, digging through stacks of aging fabrics and racks of worn garments. My parents are industrial designers, and I spent countless hours in their studios as a child watching them create. I saw how much passion they had for their product and surprising their clients with beautiful solutions and designs. I knew it was something I wanted in my career as well.”
“My mother is a fashion designer. She has had a custom gowns business in Brazil for over 30 years. [Because of this,] I grew up in the environment and visited my mom's studio [while growing up]. I moved to Philadelphia just after I finished my undergrad [in architecture] and started [my] Master’s degree at Drexel University. After Drexel, I [became] a designer in residence at the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator and started my business.”
“I have always wanted to be a designer and a maker. My grandfather owned a clothing store and was a master tailor, so I was exposed to this industry at an early age. I went on to study abroad in Italy and Paris, intern with Oscar de la Renta in New York and graduate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a degree in Fashion Design. After working as a Technical Designer for 3 years I knew it was time to take the plunge and start my clothing line. Two years ago, I began my entrepreneurial journey, and am most thankful for the people I continue to meet that lead me further along the path of achieving my goals.”