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Arteaga

Big Lives Women’s Day designer Marisol Arteaga combines the finest fabrications and intricate workmanship with ethical and sustainable design practices in her Brooklyn-based line Arteaga. A result of cross-cultural collaborations between craftsmen and weavers from different parts of the world, the line’s essence and aesthetic is deeply rooted in authenticity, luxury and heritage. Created for longevity, each piece is meant to be worn for years to come.

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Ready To WearSamantha Alston
Combine de Filles

Big Lives Women’s Day brand Combine De Filles is a jumpsuit collection based in Brooklyn. Combine De Filles believes the jumpsuit is the ultimate of cool and can be worn effortlessly in many environments and for many occasions. Designing small batches each season, French-born designer Aissatou Marie B. creates timeless, clean, and elegant designs.

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Ready To WearSamantha Alston
House Dress

Big Lives Women’s Day brand House Dress is made by women, for women who dress for women. Building clothes with beautiful materials like raw silk noil and Akoya shell buttons and offering a unique “size free” approach to dressing, House Dress focuses on layerable, proportioned silhouettes. Designer Katie Goldman Macdonald's California roots inform the effortless feel of the collection while her time in New York inspires its modern and functional aesthetic. The collection is made in NYC.

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Ready To WearSamantha Alston
GRAMMAR

Big Lives Women’s Day designer GRAMMAR was founded in 2017 by designer Althea Simons. In early 2016, Althea’s apartment building burned down and she lost all of her belongings. The difficulty she felt trying to replace her wardrobe led her to conclude that the perfect garments for her life did not yet exist. Althea decided apply her eye for detail and nuance to the challenge of creating the perfect white shirt. The collection is produced in NYC’s Garment District from 100% organic cotton sourced from an ethical producer in India.

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Ready To WearSamantha Alston
Nikki Chasin

Big Lives Women’s Day designer Nikki Chasin takes leisure seriously. After graduating from Parsons in 2012, the Miami-born, New York-based designer set out to combine the ease of classic sportswear with playful textiles and thoughtful details, for women who dress to impress nobody but themselves. The spirit of her namesake label is at once classic and playful, with a streak of tongue-in-cheek rebelliousness. Nikki was chosen as part of the Racked Young Guns Class of 2014, and the Design Entrepreneurs of NYC program at FIT.

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Ready To WearSamantha Alston
Odio Mimonet

Big Lives Women’s Day designer Odio Mimonet, led by Creative Director Odion Oseni, has been leading Nigerian couture design for over 20 years. As a young designer, Odion sought to express her love for art through fashion design, reflected in the texture, structure, and fabrics of her pieces. Her style and designs inspire and liberate, as women across generations can express their own individuality and flair through her collection.

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Ready To WearSamantha Alston
Valentine Gauthier

Valentine Gauthier is a Parisian-based designer who launched her eponymous brand in 2007. Considered a “young Isabel Marant,” Valentine combines a unique background in geo-ethnology and fashion design, including her early experience at Maison Martin Margiela studios. Her line is far from "girly," but instead cool, relaxed, and easy to wear. Valentine’s process reflects an obsession with games of opposition, layering rough fabrics like wool and tweed with refined, transparent silks and lace.

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Rumisu

Rumisu is a whimsical, Istanbul-based brand founded by sisters Pinar and Deniz. Their mission is to let their love and curiosity for beauty be a conduit for philanthropy and create a line of ethically manufactured design accessories that give back to their community of origin. All illustrations are original designs. Each piece has its own story, characters, inspiration, and color mood.

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Christian Wijnants

Christian Wijnants is an Antwerp-based fashion designer. Born in Brussels, Christian moved to Antwerp in 1996 to study fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. His graduate collection won the Dries Van Noten Award for best collection in 2000. After working with Van Noten in Antwerp and Angelo Tarlazzi in Paris, Christian launched his eponymous label in 2003. His line is known for its innovative layered graphics and fresh colors translated into eloquent knitwear.

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Hansel From Basel

Los Angeles-based artist-turned-designer Hannah Byun created Hansel from Basel in 2007 as a way to apply a sense of much-needed zest to everyday legwear and casual knits. Originally inspired by Hannah’s childhood nickname (“Hansel”) and her fascination with Switzerland (therefore “from Basel”), the collection finds inspiration in every nook and cranny of life, from the mundane to the magical.

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Carolina Ritzler

Carolina Ritzler’s never-ending source of inspiration is women. The pillar of each collection is the jumpsuit: the designer’s prized form of self-expression. She sees the jumpsuit as an ally—universal, elegant, and adaptable. Carolina’s atelier is located on la rue du Faubourg Poissonnière in Paris, where all her designs are conceived and crafted.

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Christine Alcalay

Christine Alcalay grew up with a sewing needle in her hand, immigrating to NYC from Vietnam at the age of 3. Designing clothes became her first love as she worked by her mother's side in factories. Having attended Parsons and interned with Christian Lacroix in Paris, Alcalay opened her Park Slope studio/shop in 2002 with an ultra-feminine, timeless sensibility.

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Rodebjer

Rodebjer was born in 1999 with Carin Rodebjer outfitting her close friends in Stockholm. It has since grown into one of Sweden’s most beloved brands. The collection is inspired by counterculture, feminism, film, art, and literature.

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Marianne Fassler

Marianne Fassler, Johannesburg Fashion Week designer, runs her creative workspace in South Africa. The collection is hand-cut, hand-beaded, hand-dyed, and crafted in-house in a sustainable and ethical way. Marianne describes South African fashion as able to bring “that undefinable magical thing that makes fashion glimmer, and brings you to some kind of emotion.” The collection is brought to the US exclusively through Big Lives.

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