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In 2016, when Katherine Holstein launched her brand Khaite, she had the intention of upgrading the classic American wardrobe via reinterpreting the basics. Having achieved her initial goal, the brand now stands out for its leather shoulder pads, its couture knitwear, its androgynous suits, its beautifully cut denim, and its 1990s style skirts. Drawing on traditionally masculine silhouettes, the pieces manage to evoke a feminine spirit with their cuts, inspired by the greatest American designers.

You have definitely seen Amina Muaddi‘s face somewhere. A staple figure within the Italian fashion world duo, Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio, this half Romanian, half-Jordanian thirty-year-old is the latest shoe designer to know. Her signature is a straight graphic heel with a pyramid base. It is the perfect combination of a stiletto heel and a platform, making for the ideal garden party shoe. The brand counts several celebrities among its fans, most notably RihannaDua Lipa, and Kendall Jenner.

Arjé has created the perfect winter wardrobe. The Bessie and Olivier Corral-created brand strikes a balance between sophistication and fluidity. According to ancient Greek philosophers, arkhe means “the beginning, origin, or the element or principle of a thing”. Since 2016, when the brand was founded, it has stuck to its routine : discover, buy, receive and carry, and everything they do is done in the moment. They release three collections per year, which are available in limited edition after their shows: a simple and effective method.

Àcheval Pampa is inspired by everything from meadows , to the sweet, intoxicating idea of freedom. Bohemian, refined and simple, Àcheval Pampa pays tribute to the gauchos, who were important childhood figures for Sofia Achaval de Montaigu, the co-creator of the brand. The charming and free-spirited wardrobe is entirely made in Uruguay, and designed by Sofia and her friend Lucile Sperber. The Bombacha pants, which are a reinterpretation of the gauchos signature pants, are hard to resist, especially with the jeweled belts, saddle bags and large hats, embodying an air of elegant nonchalance.

To all those who suffer from Pheobe Philo nostalgia, Partow is the brand for you. The contemporary wardrobe, infused with an extra dash of modernity, is ideal for everyday wear. Already adopted by a handful of supermodels, the Nellie Partow-created brand the brand has the intention of speaking to women who seek comfort while still wearing daring pieces. The brands must-have item would have to be the slightly oversized cashmere coat, ideal for the city’s cold winter months.

Tôteme strikes the right balance between sophistication and avant-garde. Swedish couple Elin Kling and Karl Lindman run the brand, and the former (known for his flawless looks and popular Instagram account) combines minimalism with a sense of high energy in order to create timeless yet stylish, current collections.

A true trailblazer, innovator and trendsetter, Silvia Tcherassi is one of the leading figures in fashion. She has been awarded one of France’s highest honors –the Officier de L’Ordre Arts et Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters), a distinction bestowed on leaders of the international arts community for their “contribution and commitment to cultural service.” She took one more step in her creative development opening the first Tcherassi Hotel + Spa in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia in 2009. Both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have deemed her luxury Cartagena hotel as one of the best in the world and Vogue regarded it as “the chicest spot for the fashionable flock”.

The pioneer of the Latin flair—according to WWD—was born in Colombia, on the shores of the Caribbean. Tcherassi began her career as an interior designer, but the search for new artistic expressions led her into fashion.

Everyone was talking about this brand last Fashion Week. Before being Julia Toledano (daughter of Sidney Toledano) and Olivier Leone‘s project, Nodaleto cultivated a fresh new aesthetic. The brand uses a mix of genres, and pertains to a number of aesthetics, such as grunge, cowboy-style, bohemian, or even Pippi Longstocking who dreams of being Guy Bourdin’s muse. Made in Venice, this brand is a culmination of sixties, seventies and nineties styles, and people can’t stop talking about it.

At the age of 22, and just after having been a designer at Alessandra RichEmma Rotenberg launched Rowen Rose, her own ready-to-wear brand. Her poetic collections draw their inspiration from fine art. With its elegant references to traditional clothes of 19th century Spanish widows, its dramatic details, and its oversized androgynous cuts, the brand has cultivated an almost theatrical aesthetic, quickly becoming the Rowen Rose signature.

Founded in New York in 1999 by the Swedish Carin RodebjerRodebjer‘s flame has been reignited in the past few years, with a glowing new aesthetic. The classic brand has been revived with the help of social media, and it draws its inspiration from counter-cultures and feminism.

Rodebjer makes fashion with wit, heart and conscience. A well-considered uniform, respectful of women’s day-to-day existence and of the planet she inhabits, to be worn today, tomorrow and far into the future.

Founded in New York in 2000, Carin Rodebjer set out not with a business plan but with a philosophy rooted in feminist and environmental values. Since then, Rodebjer has grown steadily, becoming a cult staple for women on the move who find comfort in the brands signature slouchy suits, draped caftans and iconic prints.

Since day one, Rodebjer has committed itself to foster mindful consumption habits, presenting collections that are lasting in both quality and style. Implementing more sustainable and responsible practices, fabrics and initiatives in order to improve and extend each garments life and limit the impact our business has on the environment.

Rodebjer has won several awards and is both a beloved Scandi brand and coveted internationally. The collections are available in own stores and at rodebjer.com as well as can be found in top department stores and key boutiques in over twenty countries. Rodebjer remains inspired by counterculture and human rights movements and above all by passionate people with strong ideals and the courage to live by their own rules. Rodebjer is driven by purpose, fuelled by optimism, and united by and grateful for our collective of #WomeninRodebjer.

Thanks for taking the time to find out more about us and Rodebjers commitment to conscious fashion. Your feedback makes us better, so drop us a line at info@rodebjer.com or visit us on Instagram @rodebjerofficial

Lisou is a London-based fashion brand specialising in beautiful silk pieces with a twist.

Having grown up in Tanzania, head designer Rene Macdonald moved to the UK at a young age but always travelled back and forth to Africa where her family were based, a place that continues to influence and inspire her. A former stylist, avid vintage collector and self-confessed bold dresser herself, Rene has a unique way of combining unexpected colours and creating vibrant prints which makes each of her pieces special and stand out.

The Lisou collection is full of wearable, classic shapes with a modern twist and are made from the finest silks. All prints are designed in-house by Rene, which makes every Lisou print exclusive. One of our core beliefs is to make a positive global impact; to that end we donate the proceeds from one piece per collection directly to helping young Africans with medical and educational needs.

In addition to this, we run an annual initiative in partnership with local schools supporting creative arts in our local community. We believe in quality above all else, and a return to the days of slow fashion and treasure box investment pieces. All our products are designed in London, finished in Portugal, and delivered directly to you.