Yuka Izutsu was almost an artist; after attending an all-women's college, she did a stint at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising before enrolling at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While studying fine arts, she took a job at a small fashion brand to pay her bills and learned everything from production to shipping to customer service. She also learned that designing was what she really wanted to do.
Now, working with a talented patternmaker who has more than 50 years of experience, Izutsu has started her own line, Atelier Delphine. And the thoughtfulness shows: There’s beautiful draping and careful details, like pleats, ruffles, and cleverly placed ruching, to balance out boxy tomboy silhouettes. But her real point of pride is the gorgeous textiles she sources from all over the world. Floral, gingham, trompe l'oeil—it’s a cool girl’s twist on Laura Ashley. —Casey Lewis