Fresh Finds: 6 Under-the-Radar Fashion Designers to Watch

From work clothing to evening bags, these young, upstart womenswear and accessories brands have you covered this season.

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For The Perfect Tote: von Holzhausen

For those who have admired the pebbly-grained leather of a car’s interior, or the sleek design of an Audi or Mercedes-Benz, you have Vicki von Holzhausen to thank. And now, she’s making the perfect handbags. Von Holzhausen had a celebrated career as a designer for European automotive companies before moving back to her native California, deciding she wanted to bring that sleek, tactile design to accessories. Like all good product designers, von Holzhausen is just as concerned with function as she is with form. When asked about one of her favorite designs, she points to the cage cross-body bag: “It has a geometric feel, which speaks to my background. Our signature cording cinches the bag closed on the corners, creating an outer ‘cage’ for the main bag. It’s a feature that’s both fun and purposeful.” Von Holzhausen has no plans to stop at bags, though: Keep an eye out for other accessories, beginning with belts, in the future. In the meantime, the line will begin to offer customized handbags in November, just in time for holiday shopping.