As anyone who has tried to become a fashion designer will tell you, the years you spend building your brand can be hard. There’s so many decisions to make–do you want to branch out on your own right away or spend a few years working for an established name? Do you want to be conceptual or commercial? And of course, where are you going to get the money?
So what’s a brand new designer to do? Get advice from our “How I’m Making It” panel at our first-ever conference. We’re gathering together some of the coolest new designers in the business to tell us, well, how they’re making it.
Who’s on deck?
We’ve got Daniel Vosovic, who finished second place in the second season of a little show called Project Runway. Since then, he’s been chosen to take part in the CFDA Incubator and dresses celebs like Emma Stone.
Kaelen Haworth launched her brand Kaelen in 2010 after working at places like MTV, Jenni Kayne, and Stella McCartney. A Parsons grad, we love the Canadian’s edgy but sophisticated brand.
Designer Katie Ermilio has dressed celebs who have landed several of our best-dressed lists–hello, Michelle Williams! Fun fact: Ermilio is the granddaughter of Grace Kelly’s personal clothier, so it’s safe to say high-end design is in her blood.
Rachel Antonoff’s got some serious cool-girl cred, paling around with starlets like Lena Dunham (who is dating Rachel’s brother Jack) and Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars. Beyond that, she’s also partnered Bass to bring her unique aesthetic to classic shoes.
Handbag designer Reece Solomon is one half of leather goods company Reece Hudson (the other half is her partner Max Stein). Solomon interned for the likes of Proenza Schouler and Rag & Bone before launching her own company and landing a space in the CFDA Incubator.
As one of the founders of J Brand, Susie Crippen definitely knows what it takes to build a successful business. This spring, she launched her own line, Crippen, that’s already getting buzz from Vogue.
That’s not a bad group to get advice from–and we’re adding more. Make sure to join us in New York at the Dream Hotel Downtown on Friday, June 21 from 9 AM to 4 PM and learn directly from these designers how to make it in fashion.