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Meet the Official Racked Young Guns Selection Committee

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We now interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for a vital update on Racked Young Guns, our nationwide search for the next big thing in fashion design. Last week, we closed nominations and today, it's time to introduce the industry talents who will be weighing in on the more than 500 future stars submitted from across the nation.

The committee contains authorities from all facets of the fashion industry. There are big-name designers, indie boutique owners, CEOs of successful online startups, major stylists and store buyers—individuals shaping how men and women dress every single day. Over the coming months, this group will help identify the most talented up-and-comers in the United States, be they metalsmiths, jewelers, milliners, footwear experts or ready-to-wear designers. Without further ado, here is the official Racked Young Guns 2013 Selection Committee.

· Steven Alan, founder and designer, Steven Alan
· Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur, founders, Of a Kind
· Jennifer Mankins, owner and proprietor, Bird
· Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO, Warby Parker
· Kelly Wearstler, designer and interior decorator, Kelly Wearstler
· Jyothi Rao, EVP of fashion, Gilt
· Sarah Easley and Beth Buccini, owners, Kirna Zabête
· Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, stylists and designers
· Rebecca Minkoff, designer, Rebecca Minkoff
· Bradford Shellhammer, co-founder,
· Ilaria Urbinati, stylist and co-owner, Confederacy
· Jessie Randall, founder, designer and creative director, Loeffler Randall
· Christina Ferrucci, buyer, Nasty Gal
· Anna Sheffield, founder and jewelry designer, Anna Sheffield and Bing Bang
· Gabby Sabharwal, founder and swim designer, Giejo
· Kathy Rose, co-owner, proprietor and jewelry designer, Roseark
· Erica Weiner, founder and jewelry designer, Erica Weiner
· Sonja Rasula, designer and founder, Unique USA
· Claire Distenfeld, owner and proprietor, Fivestory
· Melissa Coker, founder and designer, Wren
· Kathryn Kim, founder and shoe designer, Kathryn Amberleigh
· Kristen Lee, co-founder, co-owner and buyer, TenOverSix
· Elyse Walker, owner and proprietor, Elyse Walker; fashion director, FORWARD by Elyse Walker
· Indre Rockefeller, director of ready-to-wear, Moda Operandi
· Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, founders and designers, Vena Cava
· Donna Lisa, marketing manager, Wasteland

· All Young Guns Coverage [Racked]