How do you spot a fashion girl? No doubt by her head-turning handbag (or shoe) you’ve never seen before, which was probably made by an under-the-radar designer. Here, our edit of envy-worthy spring and summer accessories you need to get a jump on, stat. From slides to sandals to cross-body bags, scoop up a little something from one of these up-and-coming brands, and you’ll be asked “Where did you get that?” all season long.
Spanish-born and New York City–based, Mercedes Castillo honed her design skills at Donna Karan and Tory Burch before launching her eponymous label this year. For spring and summer, we're coveting the geometric shapes and bold colors of her shoe collection. Each silhouette is decidedly fresh and statement-making.
Founded in 1849, iconic Parisian brand Moynat is hardly new but is now seeing a resurgence with new shapes, brilliant (and neutral) hues and ultra-modern hardware. Each piece feels fresh and splendidly unusual. It girls like Emily Ratajkowski and Zoë Kravitz have recently toted bags from the collection.
For standout sculptural footwear, Gray Matters offers minimal silhouettes with sophisticated character. Made by three generations of expert shoemakers near Venice in Italy, their immaculately shaped mules and pumps are casually confident, with subtle nuances that pair well with everything from denim to dresses.
Offering an array of silhouettes—our favorite being the shopper tote—each Hayward bag is unconventionally practical. Made in New York, the line's simple silhouettes are done in a variety of surprising, albeit exquisite, fabrics—the exact type of nonchalant luxury we crave with denim.
For the quintessential wardrobe of clean, understated shoes, Alumnae offers a refined aesthetic with tomboy spirit. Launched in 2016 and designed by Kari Sigerson and Eliza Axelson-Chidsey of Sigerson Morrison, each style exudes an easy-chic sensibility, crafted in Italian materials that stand the test of time.
Officina del Poggio
Founded in 2014, Officina del Poggio offers minimalist handbags with a traditionalist aesthetic. Clean lines and whispered tones are at the crux of the Italian designed, developed and manufactured line, all finished with modern hardware that’s sleek, yet nods to traditionalism. Our favorite is the Mini Safari cross-body bag—perfectly structured and refined for all occasions.
Founded in 2011 on the ethos that luxury could be produced in an environmentally friendly way, Sydney Brown is a directional luxury footwear label that offers a pared-down aesthetic in sumptuous materials. The unique, Japanese-inspired silhouettes are dynamic and just-right for those seeking innovation in their shoe collection.
Designed by a sister duo in Brooklyn, New York, Manufacture Pascal bags are perfect uniquely shaped bags that come in rich textures and cool colors. With a deep family history, all designs are proudly made with American, vegetable-tanned leather.
Giving a twist to sandals, slides and mules, Erin Adamson designs with a spectrum of bright colors, rich fabrics and prints that are a refreshing addition to every shoe collection, but with a wear-everyday vibe to ensure practicality. Très Parisianne!