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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Designer Michael Lewis

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Michael Lewis

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Michael Lewis
Fall '09

The look: “The Michael Lewis style is flamboyant, sensual, fun and luxurious with a quirky sense of Britishness. [It’s about] looking at the everyday, seeking newness in the obvious, do-it-yourself constructing and never knowing what might come about. The challenge comes from making it work, and the evolution is often somewhat surprising.”

How he learned: After graduating from Central Saint Martins in London, Lewis designed for Louis Vuitton (alongside Marc Jacobs), Gucci (with Tom Ford), and Burberry, as well as working as creative consultant at Kurt Geiger. Aside from creating his eponymous collection, Lewis also consults on the footwear lines for Loewe, Luella and Jaeger London.

Biggest challenges so far: “Setting up Michael Lewis Ltd., my design studio and my label collaborations, for example, Luella.”

Most looking forward to: “Breaking [into] the U.S., making strong statements and opening my own store.”

Where to shop: Dover Street Market, London; L’Eclaireur, Paris; En Avance, Miami; Hu Shoes, Washington, D.C.; Boutique 1, Dubai; Isetan, Japan; Grey Flannel, Capri, Italy; Garderob, Russia; La Boutique 92, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia; Maison Bo-M, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The retail buzz:
“I went to London for fashion week specifically looking for a new shoe designer. What stood out the most with Michael Lewis was his play with color and texture. Sensual patent leathers mixed with supple suedes in a very elegant and glamorous way with incredible attention to detail ... perfect for Miami.”

— Karen Quinones, owner & buyer, En Avance

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