5 Brands to Get on Your Radar in 2014

January 29, 2014 | Posted by rissvandal

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We haven’t even made it more than a month into 2014, but I already have my list–my list of new and/or fast developing brands and designers I’ll be keeping an eye on in the coming year. In other words, here’s a look at who’ll be getting most of my money in 2014… This is going to be a year full of bold snapbacks, sophisticated casualwear, edgy otaku swag, and not to mention, some lolita sweetness. Take a look at five brands it’s time to get on your radar.

 LIEF

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Lief may not be a new name for seasoned lolitas, but for many people, their knowledge of lolita brands begins and ends in Japan. Lief is a brand out of South Korea that specializes in cuteness, elegance, and beautifully detailed prints. And while acquiring overseas lolita pieces often proves to be a challenge, Lief thankfully offers a separate site (albeit with a smaller selection) for its US customers.

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While a dress or full coordinate will run you  a few hundred dollars, the single pieces and small accessories will be more than kind to your wallet. You can shop their Korean site here, and their English site here.

 

BADACIOUS

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Badacious is the definition of bold. There’s something about a brand that features a brightly-colored spiked baroque bowtie inspired by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu that says it all. While I think the brand’s headgear truly steals the show, I admire the playfully outrageous nature of each piece across the board.

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These designs designs don’t simply state–they scream “look at me!” in the best way possible. Shop Badacious at www.badacious.com.

 

JACK CALIGO

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In the past you’d find me shopping for sweatshirts somewhere between between rarely and never, but when I came across Jack Caligo, it made me reconsider my stance on the garment. The designer manages to create a piece that looks just as casual and comfortable as it does clean and polished.

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With sophisticatedly subtle contrasts, sleek asymmetry, and a beautiful yet minimal use of polyurethane–a material the designer favors and says lends a uniqueness to his brand–I instantly fell in love with the statement-making simplicity. The metallics and clean lines come together to create what I consider to be a perfect piece of casualwear. Find the entire Jack Caligo collection here.

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FIEND OR FAUXX

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While “nerdy” apparel has gradually found its footing in the mainstream, you’d still be hard-pressed to find pieces that are equal parts nerdy and fashionably badass. Fiend or Fauxx, however, has managed to add a sexyiness to otaku fandom. From “BAKA” bandeau tops and snapbacks, to skeletal Totoro dresses and super sentai designs with a metal edge, this brand turns anime fans into a force to be reckoned with.

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You can shop Fiend or Fauxx at fiendorfauxx.bigcartel.com.

 

OS ACCESSORIES

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At a time when loud 3D snapbacks and bone designs are becoming a dime a dozen, Philippines-based OS Accessories continues to create challenging pieces that clearly demonstrate there’s still room for innovation in a seemingly oversaturated market.

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There’s something very genuine and sinister about OS Accessories designs. Each handcrafted piece seems to tell a dark and beautiful story that would complement any risk-taking wardrobe. You can shop OS Accessories here.

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What do you think about these featured brands? Have you discovered any new brands this year that need to be shared? Feel free to leave any comments below!




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