Independent Fashion Fridays – Fashion Lounge Designers

September 12, 2014

It’s our favorite day…it’s Independent Fashion Friday.  This week we are featuring fantastic accessory brands that showcased their #SS15 collections in the Nolcha Fashion Week: New York Fashion Lounge.

Baxter DesignsBrand: Baxter Designs

Origin: USA


About: Baxter Designs started as a high end designer workroom in Philadelphia in 2004. They served residential clients as well as the Park Hyatt, Sofitel Hotel, and many Philadelphia Designers. They now exclusively manufacture handbags and decorative pillows.  After seeing the high end designer fabrics change to fun colors and sophisticated patterns and using this as a resource, Baxter Designs created a fresh new look for totes and handbags. These new fabrics wear as well as leather, but look completely unique.

StardustBrand: Dharma Eyewear

Origin: USA


About: Dharma Eyewear offer top-quality eyewear with elegant design and all the features you expect when buying an eyeglass or sunglass frame. For a fraction of the price of brick & mortar stores, executed with professional service and an attitude that serves the customer first and their own business second, Dharma Eyewear is an accessible, fashion-forward eyewear retailer that exists to serve you, the customer.

Eva ShawBrand: Eva Shaw

Origin: USA


About: Designer Liz has a background in art history and fashion merchandising, while Eva has a Graduate Gemologist degree from the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).  Eva Shaws vision is to create a space in the jewelry industry where women can buy and wear jewelry made of quality materials and real gemstones without the big price tag.


Jess RizzutiBrand: Jess Rizzuti

Origin: USA


About:  Designer Jess Rizzuti first discovered her deeply-rooted interest in fashion as a young girl. This passion led her to enroll in the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textiles. While learning about the industry, Jess found her greatest passion lied in a unique focus, Surface Pattern Design (graphics, textiles and product design focusing on mixed media and special techniques). This specialization would lead Rizzuti to continue her education at the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology, where she perfected her knowledge of Handbag and Accessory Design.

The designer’s innate creativity and extraordinary artistic abilities allowed her to indulge in interests such as mural painting, which further encouraged her to unearth her many design influences – travel, art, history, nature, textures and exquisite colors.

Jess is conscious of environmental impact and believes in exercising ethical practices. She earned a nomination three years in a row for her creations in cork as Best Green Handbag in the Independent Handbag Designer Awards sponsored by InStyle. The eco-friendly designs utilized water-based dyes and glue, heat-transferred patterns, renewable resources and waste-reducing concepts.


Lyla JarnBrand: Lyla Jarn

Origin: Sri Lanka, Zambia, Australia, New York


About: Jarn is the founder, CEO and Director of Design at LYLA JARN. Before pursuing a career in fashion, Jarn completed her Masters in Law and Legal Practice in Sydney, Australia and has spent years in the Legal and Compliance sectors of the Financial Services industry. However the awareness of her passion and destiny has been following her for years as Jarn had always been curiously drawn to the imaginative world of fashion. It would bring her such joy to delve into this art of fashion design; to create different “looks” for herself, her friends and colleagues. Her fashion dream was engulfing her with one magnificent eruption after another. Jarn has realized her dream and truly believes this is her purpose and destiny.

PlooshBrand: Ploosh


Origin: Ukraine

About:The PLOOSH animal purse is both, chic and playful which makes it one of the most unique and endearing fashion accessories. Each PLOOSH has its own distinct personality and is meticulously hand-crafted using genuine Italian leather, adorned with Swarovski crystals and complete with a spacious tummy pocket. Down to the smallest detail, each PLOOSH is created to remind you of that child-like moment of delight. From the whimsical smile, to the curl of the tail, to the gleam of their crystal eyes, PLOOSH is an embodiment of playful luxury.

PLOOSH animal purse is a one-of-a-kind accessory that has won the hearts of many celebrities such as Niki Taylor, Mr. Jay Manuel, Jene Luciani, Adriana De Moura and Vincent De Paul to name a few.

Independent Fashion Fridays

Independent Fashion Fridays is a weekly feature highlighting five independent fashion designers that have caught our attention; and we want to support in their brand growth.

If you are an independent fashion designer interested to be featured in the Independent Fashion Fridays series please email with more information about your brand.

Nolcha Fashion Week: New York, founded by Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel, is a leading award winning event held during New York Fashion Week hosting independent fashion designer runway shows.