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On the Map: 13 International Designers You Need to Know

On the Map: 13 International Designers You Need to Know


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  • <strong><a>Dawid Tomaszewski</a>, Berlin</strong>Is this the McQueen of Berlin?  The designer, who has studied under fashion legend Vivienne Westwood, has a penchant for elaborate headwear and couture-like garment construction. 


    Dawid Tomaszewski, Berlin
    Is this the McQueen of Berlin?  The designer, who has studied under fashion legend Vivienne Westwood, has a penchant for elaborate headwear and couture-like garment construction. 

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  • <strong><a rel="nofollow">Kostas Murkudis</a>, Berlin</strong>Murkudis   boasts an impressive resume that includes seven years at Helmut Lang  as  well as a creative director position at <em>Industrie</em> Magazine. So it is no wonder that this Grecian-born designer is one of  the  best at Berlin Fashion Week. His Spring 2012 collection takes that   slashed knitwear thing pioneered by Rodarte to another level.


    Kostas Murkudis, Berlin
    Murkudis boasts an impressive resume that includes seven years at Helmut Lang as well as a creative director position at Industrie Magazine. So it is no wonder that this Grecian-born designer is one of the best at Berlin Fashion Week. His Spring 2012 collection takes that slashed knitwear thing pioneered by Rodarte to another level.

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  • <strong><a rel="nofollow">Vladimir Karaleev</a>, Berlin</strong>Karaleev,  who hails from Bulgaria, is one of the must-see shows during Berlin  Fashion Week. Known for his close ties to the art scene, the designer  has perfected that whole "intentionally disheveled" look by juxtaposing  frayed edges and loose layering with bold color palettes.


    Vladimir Karaleev, Berlin
    Karaleev, who hails from Bulgaria, is one of the must-see shows during Berlin Fashion Week. Known for his close ties to the art scene, the designer has perfected that whole "intentionally disheveled" look by juxtaposing frayed edges and loose layering with bold color palettes.

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  • <strong><a>Baum und Pferdgarten</a>, Copenhagen </strong>Design duo Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave started this high-street label in 1999, and have since been outfitting cool Danish girls in their playful ensembles. 
    Baum und Pferdgarten, Copenhagen
    Design duo Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave started this high-street label in 1999, and have since been outfitting cool Danish girls in their playful ensembles. 
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  • <strong><a>By Malene Birger</a>, Copenhagen</strong>The By Malene Birger brand is based off the ideal of refined, affordable luxury, and lucky for you, it is already sold stateside on Net-a-Porter and Shopbop. 
    By Malene Birger, Copenhagen
    The By Malene Birger brand is based off the ideal of refined, affordable luxury, and lucky for you, it is already sold stateside on Net-a-Porter and Shopbop. 
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  • <strong><a>Stine Goya</a>, Copenhagen</strong>A recent Central Saint Martins grad, Stine Goya has built her eponymous label off of her printmaking skills, resulting in enchanting collections for the fashion-forward girl. Here in the U.S., the contemporary line is already available at Urban Outfitters. Score!
    Stine Goya, Copenhagen
    A recent Central Saint Martins grad, Stine Goya has built her eponymous label off of her printmaking skills, resulting in enchanting collections for the fashion-forward girl. Here in the U.S., the contemporary line is already available at Urban Outfitters. Score!
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  • <strong><a>G.V.G.V.</a>, Tokyo</strong>G.V.G.V.'s one-name designer, Mug, has created a collection that, in a fantasy world, could outfit Proenza Schouler's kooky, slightly more eclectic little sister. 

    G.V.G.V., Tokyo
    G.V.G.V.'s one-name designer, Mug, has created a collection that, in a fantasy world, could outfit Proenza Schouler's kooky, slightly more eclectic little sister. 

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  • <strong><a>Plumpynuts</a>, Tokyo</strong>Although I still don't really understand the name behind the label, Plumpynuts designers Miyuki Omichi and Ayumi Kita have created a brand that never takes itself too seriously (as evidenced by the cute illustrations in their spring lookbook). The duo also has a limited edition line coming out this fall, entitled Tokyo Reworkers by O.K., based on the Plumpynuts archives. 
    Plumpynuts, Tokyo
    Although I still don't really understand the name behind the label, Plumpynuts designers Miyuki Omichi and Ayumi Kita have created a brand that never takes itself too seriously (as evidenced by the cute illustrations in their spring lookbook). The duo also has a limited edition line coming out this fall, entitled Tokyo Reworkers by O.K., based on the Plumpynuts archives. 
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  • ??<strong><a>Banal Chic Bizarre</a>, Tokyo</strong>Leave it to the Japanse to provide us with a healthy dose of whimsy and color, and Banal Chic Bizarre is no exception for both men and women.   The most recent collection cleverly melds together utilitarian detailing with a fun, bright palette. 
    ??Banal Chic Bizarre, Tokyo
    Leave it to the Japanse to provide us with a healthy dose of whimsy and color, and Banal Chic Bizarre is no exception for both men and women.   The most recent collection cleverly melds together utilitarian detailing with a fun, bright palette. 
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  • <strong><a>Karla Spetic</a>, Australia</strong>Karla Spetic knows how to use color; the contrast between those soft, pastel tones and bold prints makes for a lust-worthy combination. 
    Karla Spetic, Australia
    Karla Spetic knows how to use color; the contrast between those soft, pastel tones and bold prints makes for a lust-worthy combination. 
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Let’s face it, technology keeps making our world smaller and the fashion industry is no exception. London, Paris, New York, and Milan aren’t the only cities generating awesome talent and buzz anymore. Berlin Fashion Week just wrapped up with some pretty major collections, and it was announced today that Japan will be joining the roster of stylish locations sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

An entirely new slew of designers to discover can be overwhelming, I know, so that’s why I’ve scoped out the best of the best in fashion’s up-and-coming cities all the way from Australia to Copenhagen. Buckle your seat belts and click through to start a fashionable journey!

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