Rising Stars: Five Emerging Designer Brands

Despite the economy, these labels are showing great promise as they step into the limelight.

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Cecilie Toklum

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Rising Stars
Despite the harshest economic climate in recent memory, five fledgling women’s labels are showing great promise as they step into the limelight.

Launched: Spring '07

The look: “Toklum’s universe is about the various roles women play, and the balance, discord and power play between the masculine and feminine sides of the female. The shoes emphasize feminine, womanly curves and silhouettes. My background and education as a production designer have given me strong references in the world of film... An important theme for me while working is the mix of materials.”

How she learned: Her master’s degree in production design and scenography adds dimension to her pattern-making skills, picked up at Ars Sutoria in Milan.

Most looking forward to: “The day I do not have to say, ‘No no, my name is not Tokyo, it’s Toklum.’”

Where to shop: Leah Maria, Copenhagen; Kassandra, Copenhagen;

The retail buzz: “Toklum are Danish designer shoes with attitude. Every season we look forward to seeing the new collection from Toklum, and we are never disappointed. The shoes are very exclusive and extravagant, but still very comfortable and have a fit that we have never seen before. Our customer loves Toklum and would choose shoes from Toklum over shoes from Givenchy and Celine.”

— Camilla Debell, creative director,

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