When buying from an independent designer, you’re not only supporting the art that goes into their work but also showcasing a one-of-a-kind wardrobe. Etsy, a marketplace for entrepreneurs who either create or curate unique goods, makes for a wonderful platform to find independent fashion designers. However, we picked out a select few that have great style, quality and reviews!
Zoe is the owner, maker and designer of her self-titled shop. Her page states, “”All of my prints are original watercolor paintings that have been digitally printed on fabric. I love how a classic simple silhouette showcases a bold, colorful print.” This commitment creates colorful and playful dresses for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.
Created in 2009, this shop has thousands of sales and admirers. Demonstrating a keen eye for shape, Xiaolizi has anything you need from coats to skirts. With a slogan “handmade with love” and a base in China, you can bet you won’t find yourself matching anyone on the street.
So you love the legging and crop top trend… that doesn’t mean you can’t find your own style within these fads. Try Sara Charles’ shop and support her artistic and eco-friendly approach to fashion. Simka Sol “is a one woman run business who takes pride in the slow fashion, artisan crafted items that she hand illustrates, prints and sews with an eco-conscious mindset in Massachusetts.”
Women’s Shoes and Accessories
Inspired by the island of Bali, this store creates minimalist but soulful leather products. To demonstrate just how unique each product is, the store owners are happy to work with customers in issues like sizing and color.
A NYC-based shop, created by Teresa Carter, sells winter accessories like hats, infinity scarves and blanket scarves. Cater also donates 15% of each purchase to children in Haiti, so find comfort in knowing you’re supporting a socially-responsible shop.
Penny is “mastering the art of leather sandals” with her shop based in Greece. Her confidence in her products is attributed to the quality of leather and her personal experiences. Penny explains, “I design and wear every one of my design daily, noticing where it needs to adjust the little details to make it more comfortable till its just perfect!