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The Fifty Young Designers You Need to Know About Now

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It's been a thrilling thirteen months for young designers. In June of last year, Mansur Gavriel caused a collective fashion industry freak-out with its simple leather bucket bags. That same month, Rosie Assoulin debuted her preternaturally self-assured resort collection, leading critics to compare her to Oscar de la Renta (where she'd once been an intern.)

Both labels are on our list of Racked Young Guns 2014 finalists—how could we leave them out?—but there are also plenty of talented designers who haven't yet been picked up by Barneys or joined the CFDA. Start tracking them now, and next time there's a run on an It Bag, you'll be first in line.

What defines emerging design talent, anyway? We sketched our terms broadly, allowing anyone 35 and under or any label launched within the past two years. After assembling an initial list of 500, we asked designers, buyers, and other industry insiders (see the full list here) to help us select the best 50. Among them are jewelers, milliners, and vegan bag designers; branding savants and tailoring wizards; San Francisco locavores and New York scenesters. Below, find examples of their work plus an explanation of why we love them.


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