Fab Five Fashion Faves: Local Brands to Watch (October 2012)
As All Things Fashion DC, one of our primary goals is to highlight and showcase local DC fashion brands. As a result, this summer, we debuted our Fab Five Fashion Faves: Local Brands to Watch series. This month we present 5 local DC brands you absolutely should know about.
Brand: Aikan (http://www.ShopAikan.com)
Designer: Nakia Cheeks
Details: Native Washingtonian Nakia Cheeks has always loved fashion. After studying for two years at Parsons in New York City, Cheeks moved back to where her dream for fashion began to launch her own line. Her vintage collection is inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Dandrige.
Brand: Unique Creations Apparel (http://uniquecreationsapparel.com/main.html)
Designer: Jay Alexander
Details: Inspired by his family and friends, designer Jay Alexander created a bright and colorful t-shirt line so that everyone can show off their own unique style. The designer of the DC-based company hopes to one day become a household name. His new website launched on October 5, 2012.
Brand: Cayetano Legacy Collection (http://www.cayetanolegacy.com/index.php)
Designers: Karen Cayetano Leano, Gail Cayetano and Christine Cayetano Brigino
Details: These three sisters founded their accessories line to showcase beautiful materials made in the Philippine Islands. The first generation Filipino Americans hope to create handbags and jewelry using materials from their family’s home country, while giving it an American twist.
Brand: Mdurvwa (http://www.mdurvwa.com/)
Designer: Deborah Mdurvwa
Details: Are you not afraid to be bold? Want to stand out? With Deborah Mdurvwa’s accessories collection, you can be the one that no one keeps their eyes off of. These statement making pieces are made of chains, leathers, and unique colors. The jewelry designer is new to the DC area and already has a list of celebrity clientele. A piece of hers can definitely make a lasting impression.
Brand: DeNada (http://www.denadadesign.com/)
Designer: Virginia Arrisueño
Details: Inspired by her Peruvian heritage, Virginia Arrisueño works with artisans from the area on her emerging accessories line. She specializes in designing handmade knit accessories for men and women made from animal-friendly material. Her showroom is at 52 O Street NW Washington DC 20001, by appointment only but you can shop her website anytime.
The featured image in this post is provided by DeNada.