10 Women's Designer Brands to Know
There are literally thousands of fashion brands out there, but some will go down in fashion history while others with dissipate into the ether. Here's our edit of the top 10 women's designer brands to know right now.
Fendi is just as much about the name as it is about the design. Like many of the older fashion houses (dating back to the 1920s in this case), Fendi's logo features heavily on its garments. While the brand's runway looks are still as classic as ever, as seen in this leather fringe shoulder bag, their move into streetwear has brought with it a more bold and playful approach. Silvia Venturini Fendi is the label's current creative director.
This luxury powerhouse was founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani. Over the years it has become the go-to for fashionistas that admire its "jet set" aesthetic, which sources inspiration from every corner of the globe. Valentino's current creative director is Pierpaolo Piccioli, who often turns his back on skin-tight silhouettes in favor of the voluminous. Valentino has also found a new audience in its Rockstud accessories, launched in 2010.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana met in Milan in the 1980s and started their label. The pair are both still the leading designer's at the brand, which is best known for its use of bold prints, like this pink clutch bag with leopard print. In recent years Dolce & Gabbana have further expanded their accessories offering and partake in creative collaborations, including designing a statement kettle for homewares retailer Smeg.
When seeking a classic Italian leather bag, many women look no further than Furla. This label is steeped in quality and sophistication; their minimal accessories provide the perfect accompaniment for work or play, without the loud bells and whistles seen from other brands. The boldest feature you'll see on a Furla bag is a metal buckle or two, or the occasional bold lining. For a label nearing its 100th birthday, Furla's more current than ever.
Another label that's almost 100 years old is Gucci and the only reason the label's managed to retain its popularity over the years is by rapidly evolving – almost no one does it better. Gucci is known for its use of prints, especially its florals, but it has also adapted to take a large share of the younger market with its logo-embellished streetwear, like these patterned leather sneakers.
Few brands with such a casual, everyday aesthetic have as much influence as Emporio Armani. The label was founded by Giorgio Armani in 1975 and has kept a handle on the fashion world with its contemporary accessories, including its timepieces and leather goods. Armani’s everyday essentials, including its t-shirts and sweaters, are easy to style with virtually any outfit.
There are plenty of labels out there creating contemporary accessories, but no one that's nailing the bohemian aesthetic quite like Coach. This label's designs are timeless and they were way ahead of the curve when it comes to crossbody bag which secured them a spot as a Coachella staple. Every season Coach continues to release versatile accessories fit for the mindful woman.
Love Moschino is a sub-label of the fashion brand Moschino which it created in the 1980s for its jeans collection but re-branded in 2008 for a new line of accessories. Moschino has always been a playful brand and while Love Moschino adopts this in some of its designs, it also has a sophisticated edge. Quilted and studded leather bags like this one are a signature.
The first Michael Kors collection was released in 1981. The label has become synonymous with classic design, with its womenswear collections often focused on sharp tailored and neutral palettes. This aesthetic has spilled into the designer's accessories too. Michael Kors is best known for his leather tote bags as well as his neutral cross-body bags, like this pastel pink piece.
The final and most recent label to feature on our list is Made in Italia. This brand takes classic Italian design, materials and craftsmanship to create timeless accessories that are entirely made in Italy in support of the country's design heritage, like these leather sandals. This brand has made a name for itself thanks to its accessible approach, which strives to provide affordable luxury without the extravagant mark-up of other labels with studios nearby.
Keep up to date with these women’s designer brands to know and you’ll always be ahead of the curve.