With the Council of Fashion Designers of America's last selection of fashion incubatees preparing to leave the program (one meant to help emerging design brands develop and thrive as sustainable businesses), it is ready to welcome a new class. The 10 new brands, which will replace ISAORA, Timo Weiland, Jonathan Simkhai, and others, will share a space in the CFDA's Garment District Incubator, where they will be mentored by established designers, receive business training, work on specific projects and more for the next two years. Here is a list of the third crop of promising young brands and more to come on them in the near future!
Womenswear design brands Katie Ermilio, Kaelen (which is designer Kaelen Haworth's collection), Nomia by Yara Flinn and Misha Nonoo, who was a part of this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, are done of the more well known names in the bunch. There are some menswear designers in the mix: Parsons-grad Lucio Castro, who trained at Marc Jacobs and produces his wares in organic Japanese textiles; and Orley by Matthew & Alex Orley, Samantha Florence (pictured above), who make all of their highly-crafted menswear in Italy.
In terms of accessories, there are some cool up-and-comers. Think: A Peace Treaty by Dana Arbib, Farah Malk & Jesse Meighan (This super-cool accessories brand employs artisans in countries like Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador), Dezso by Sara Beltran (a jewelry collection by stylist-turned-designer Beltran), Isa Tapia (the Incubator's first-ever footwear brand), and Kara by Sarah Law (Law is a former Gap designer, who currently stocks with Harvey Nichols and Opening Ceremony).