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Emerging Designer: Crave by Carli Rae Vergamini

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“A personality so unique deserves a handbag to match.”  This is the mantra behind Crave by Carli Rae Vergamini.

A true entrepreneur at heart, Carli Rae was always destined to start her own business from a young age. During her first year of high school, she rebelled against the norms of high school fashion and started her own line of custom tees and accessories with her best friend called Vergamimi & Smith.

After studying apparel design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and London College of Fashion, the Wisconsin native started Crave as a creative outlet and a way to get her foot into the competitive fashion industry. Taking her love for fashion and sewing along with the inspiration she gained from her semester in London, the young designer was inspired to take Crave to the next level!

After a year of seeing success with Crave in local boutiques and online, Vergamini knew that working in a cubicle or designing under someone else’s name was no longer an option. She was ready to venture out with her own brand for good.

Crave by Carli Rae Vergamini handbags use fun and eclectic resources such as up-cycled leather, vintage findings as well as fabrics fresh from the bolt. Using a handmade process, each Crave handbag is designed to be truly one of a kind!

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Emerging Designer: Jillkerry Ward

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As the next up-and-comer to be featured on our Emerging Designer program, Jillkerry Ward is brining a fresh new look to sportswear with Ward’s Boxing Club, NYC.  

This line was started with a single vision: to create boxing-inspired athletic street and gym wear “for the fighter in all of us". Each piece is designed to motivate and inspire the wearer. Whether in the ring, in the gym or out and about in the world, Ward’s Boxing Club, NYC is dedicated to inspire people to achieve that extra level that all fighters constantly strive to attain.

Be one of the first to discover the line’s super-soft fabrications and relaxed cuts that give each piece that coveted “lived-in” feel.