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brands in 2014

The holiday cheer has come to a halt and ’tis the season to purge your closet. With promises of a “new me in a new year” flooding social media timelines, we know you have the innate desire to make some changes, even if they are slight ones, like becoming a better dressed version of your former self.

For those reasons and more, we’ve rounded up 4 brands that offer up a little something different from what you’d see at your local Zara. From Royal Jelly Harlem’s fresh take on well-tailored fits and exotic prints, to Vanity Life NYC’s attention grabbing handbags, we’ve got the roundup for you. Check out 4 brands to add a little flair to your wardrobe in 2014. Oh, and did we mention the designers are all young, fab gals? Because of course they are.


Apparel: Ashely Williams

So, Harry Styles is pretty much it in the UK fashion scene, as he has been catching the eyes of the masses across the land since breaking away from his boy band style, so when we see him front row at a fashion show, all smiles, we can assume it’s a good one, right? Right. Styles was spotted front row checking out the designs of London-based Ashley Williams’ plush purses, paneled denim, and pieces Rihanna fancies, it’s no shock the 24-year-old recent grad’s line is catching fire internationally.


Apparel: Royal Jelly Harlem

The New York City-based line (as its name implies) is a perfectly thought-out myriad of 100 percent cotton imported from West Africa in traditional prints, crafted into vintage silhouettes for both men, women, and most recently, baby. There is no elastic give, there is no stretchy panel, just good old-fashioned authentic tailoring that gives RJH a fit to admire.


Handbags: Vanity Life NYC

The accessibility of carrying everything in a huge purse is unmatched, as is the stress of toting around 5 to 10 pounds of old receipts, hair brushes and a month old granola bar on your back. That’s where Vanity Life’s oversized clutches come in. Not only are some of the designs large enough to fit your everyday essentials, but they come in some pretty nifty colorways as well; Oh, and did we mention the designer Tasama is only 23 years old? Get into that.


Accessories: Lace By Tanaya

With a myriad of the same accessories being mass-produced, New York based Tanaya began her designs with a line of cuff earrings, and has since grown into an accessory line with a signature all its own. From her lace-inspired knuckle rings and cuffs, to her simple necklaces and body chains, the range is exactly what it needs to be: simple enough to find a place in your wardrobe, but loud enough to speak volumes on behalf of an understated ‘fit.

All photos courtesy of brands linked.

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