IWD: Female Designer Highlight

At LCD, we're a small business made up of all women. One of our greatest delights of working with creative minds is highlighting women and their individual crafts, and on International Women's Day that's no exception. Though hard to choose just one, for IWD we highlighted eight team picks from just a few of our many (many!) favorite women-led brands (just for fun).



Gloria Noto / Noto Botanics

Favorited by: Julianna, E-Commerce Coordinator

Founder of Noto Botanics, Gloria Noto, immersed herself into the natural skincare market after 12 years working with chemically-filled products as an experienced makeup artist. Her focus was founded on ridding the industry of toxicity - both from harmful ingredients and lack of inclusion. The brand’s emphasis revolves around the theme of identity, considering the beauty industry’s gap for gender-neutral products through high performance, organic ingredients for people of all colors and genders.

Photos courtesy of Noto Botanics. 




Martine Rose

Favorited by: Aigné, Retail Sales

Martine Rose is a London-based designer whose eponymous label has developed admirers since its establishment in 2007. Rose draws inspiration from the diverse communities that surrounded her while growing up in South London, where she frequented post-rave gatherings that blended social groups and were free of discrimination. Her signature design aesthetic involves distorting traditional silhouettes and skewing the status quo. She’s been nominated for prizes from LVMH as well as BFC’s British Designer of the Year.

Photos courtesy of Martine Rose and NY Times.  



Giulia and Camilla Venturini / Medea

Favorited by: Jaclyn, Retail Director

Medea was started by Milan-based twin sisters, artists and models, Giulia and Camilla Venturini in 2018. The duo views their bags as a unique diversion to the heavily saturated ultra-femme handbags currently circulating the fashion world and have an impressive celebrity and "it girl" following.

Photos courtesy of Medea. 




Hillary Taymour / Collina Strada

Favorited by: Siew, Retail Sales Manager

Our long-time friend and forever favorite, founder and designer Hillary Teymour of Collina Strada, is a 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist and known for pushing the envelope in terms of avant-garde design and sustainability. Wild prints, tie-dye, lace and the use of deadstock fabrics are a cornerstone for one of our favorite brands on earth.

Photos courtesy of Collina Strada.  




Lauren Manoogian

Favorited by: Tiana, Marketing Manager

Founder and designer, Lauren Manoogian, has been interpreting an evolving vision through her eponymous label since 2008. With a background in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design, Manoogian's work has organically grown from a number of material experiments to her current knitwear focused ready-to-wear collection. By combining gently manipulated textures, an integral language of detail and an understated yet discernible shape, the brand continues to attract an audience drawn to a personally extended aesthetic.

Photos courtesy of Lauren Manoogian and Surface Magazine. 




Lauren Jin / CLE Cosmetics

Favorited by: Gielene, Retail Sales

Pronounced “clay,” CLE Cosmetics was founded in Korea by Parsons graduate, Lauren Gin. Centered on the latest Korean beauty technology, the uber-cool line of skincare centers their focus around non-toxic, vegan & cruelty-free ingredients with products that actually work (along with some out-of-this-world technology).

Photos courtesy of CLE Cosmetics. 




Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Favorited by: Sara, Retail Sales

Maryam Nassir Zadeh, founder and designer of her own label, launched her clothing line in Los Angeles after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design at 22. Wanting to learn more about technical design, she moved to NYC in 2006 to take an intensive course in fashion studies at Parsons, and in 2008 she opened her brick-and-mortar boutique. Maryam Nassir Zadeh's individualistic designs evoke a simplicity of style that is original and classic, and all the while incredibly alluring.

Photos courtesy of Maryam Nassir Zadeh. 



Jaclyn Moran

Favorited by: Geraldine, Owner

Designer Jaclyn Moran’s focus of function has been the mainstay component of her minimal, yet structural work. She creates form with both purpose and intention resulting in pieces that can be translated with efficacy. Since 2016, Jaclyn Moran’s designs have taken notes from architecture, design, and sculpture, leaving every element of her work to be a consideration of function, material, and form.

Photos courtesy of Jaclyn Moran. 


LCD's Female-Led Brands –

Aries, Baserange, Charlotte Chesnais, CLE Cosmetics, Collina Strada, Ekua Ceramics, Eny Lee Parker, Faris, Gabriela Artigas, Ganni, J. Hannah, Jaclyn Moran, KARA, Klur, Lauren Manoogian, Les Reveries, Lesse, LoQ, Mara Hoffman, Martine Rose, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Medea, Noto Botanics, Prism, Rachel Comey, Reike Nen, Rejina Pyo, Sandy Liang, Save Ur Pretty Face, SVNR, Tiana Petrullo, The Book Club




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