Native New Yorker, Sara Rossi, has always possessed an adventurous spirit and an affinity for spontaneity. After too many days filled with slipping shoulder straps and nights spent grasping at clutches, she knew there had to be a better way to carry her essentials. Beau & Ro was born out of Sara’s desire to liberate women’s hands without sacrificing style.
In December 2013, Beau & Ro launched its first collection of patent-pending belt bags that convert to clutches. Each of the bags is made in New York City. Sara takes great pride in American craftsmanship.
Since the original debut of its signature convertible belt bag, Beau & Ro has expanded into an all encompassing line where fashion meets function. The collection has grown to include a foldover clutch that can be worn as a crossbody or tote, a coin purse wristlet and a tote that transforms into a backpack.
In 2016, Sara Rossi opened The Skinny Dip on Nantucket where they sell not only Beau & Ro but 30+ emerging and established brands!
Visit the Website: https://beauandro.com
The very heart of our business was formed upon our values of supporting non-profit missions of setting women and children free from anything that enslaves them; including human trafficking, abuse and violence. In the creation of all of our products, all of our labor is fair trade, made in the USA, right here in NYC, supporting single mothers, abused and trafficked victims and true industry artisans that handcraft our products locally.
Our materials are as sustainable and local whenever possible. We use the finest Italian leathers, all of which are semi-vegetable dyed by hand. They are very special, aged and distressed skins which are the highest quality available. We do our best to keep our collections as pure to the vision of sourcing local, and doing business with other ethical businesses that will support and employ women who have come out of life threatening circumstances.
Gina La Morte is a Celebrity Fashion Stylist turned Fashion Activist who wanted to use her fashion experience for good by helping women and children get saved and transformed out of the human trafficking trade. Known for her design esthetic of modern bohemianism La Morte's history in creating a socially conscious fashionable lifestyle for the modern woman began in 2008 when she was founder and Editor-in-Chief of Boho magazine. Boho was an award-winning publication that was founded on the principles of staying stylish while still living a sustainable and socially conscious life. La Morte's experience as a Celebrity Stylist for People Stylewatch, O the Oprah magazine, W magazine, MTV, CBS morning show, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and more have always supported her vision of fusing fashion and philanthropy. Her first fashion collection, TRADE by Gina La Morte is a continuation of that socially conscious story of combining her passion for giving back with her love of styling that can translate into what real woman want; to make a difference in the world and remain stylish while doing it.
Visit the Website: www.tradebyginalamorte.com
CHASITY SEREAL is a designer based in Houston, TX known for non-traditional wedding gowns, formal gowns, & prom dresses. Sereal started her business in 2009 with inspiration from the late Alexander McQueen.
Her first creative idea was to start with a sweet sixteen tutu dress inspired by colorful trends worn by top celebrities. Being self-taught, she consistently designed, learned quickly, and began to shift her vision and audience. Everyone such as photographers, models, and stylists began to see her determined, fearless and eccentric creativity in her designs. She believes that the Sereal experience is the beginning and end to every woman's dream.
Now, Sereal is continuously evolving and challenging the standards of high fashion and plans to be published in many more publications. She is always willing to work with new stylists and photographers and wishes for her gowns to be in film in the near future. With detailed creativity and inspiring designs, she hopes to grow each time she finishes a gown, furthering her success story.
Visit the Website: www.chasitysereal.com
Khoman Room - today’s culture and its people coming together through art, design, language, humour, and fashion.
Khoman Room is a men’s lifestyle brand for contemporary streetwear based in NYC. With high quality materials and unique designs, our products bridge the gap in men’s fashion, going beyond the basics and uniform of current designer and contemporary streetwear.
As a company, we are incredibly involved in every part of the process, which also includes supporting emerging creatives and showcasing their talent through collaborations. Khoman Room is today’s culture and its people coming together through art, design, language, humour, and fashion.
Visit the Website: www.khomanroom.com
Aya is a designer, and artist from Tokyo Japan, based in Brooklyn, NY and Europe. In 2016 She was nominated for a DMY Berlin international Design Award as a best new talent, this year she will be SaloneSatelite in Milan design week as a founder of Aya Kawabata Design. Past work for Milan and Paris design week, london design festival, ICFF NYC, Tokyo design week.
She was featured by Vogue Magazine UK, Meson &Objet Paris, Textile Plus Netherlands and more.In 2015 She was featured as a designer by Designboom design magazine and TL mag,selected as a Adobe Creative Jam Young Best Local Designer in NYC. Dutch Invertual exhibition that Aya did visual design and direction was featured by New York Times, Global interview, The Face etc.
Before moving to the USA, Her design work was at Tokyo News Paper. In 2015, She received an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. From same year, Aya works for Dutch Invertuals and Edhv as a international designer, recently joined branding agency in NYC as a designer.You can find her projects in several countries such as: Tokyo Japan, Eindhoven Netherlans, Berlin Germany, Paris France, Milan Italy, Oslo Norway, Sweden, and NYC, Boston, Chicago in USA.
Past/Current clients include intel, Dutch inverturals, Alfalfa studio NYC, IKEA, Levi's studium, They Might Be Giants, and Tunica Magazine etc.
Aya is currently available for select freelance and collaboration projects.
Visit the Website: www.ayakawabata.com
where Mountains Meet is a New York-based womenswear collection that champions the responsible sourcing of materials and local production in New York’s historic garment district. With a passion for artisanal craftsmanship and a commitment to our industry’s best practices, we uphold quality craftsmanship and bring conscious and conscientious design to life.
Designers Genevieve Saylak and Corissa Santos met in 2008 and launched their collection in 2015. Their shared experience in the advanced contemporary market informs their interest in developing a design-driven collection using eclectic, bespoke textiles, modern silhouettes and sophisticated detailing. Fabrics women know and love come to life anew in freshly interpreted wardrobe staples with versatile styling.
Artisan partnerships are cherished pillars of the brand. Through collaborations with craftsmen and women from India, Guatemala and Bolivia, the designers strive to support the livelihood and promote the traditions of these culturally rich, skilled communities. By utilizing these handmade fabrics, knitwear and trims in their collections Saylak and Santos tell dynamic stories each season. Fusing artisan craftsmanship and modern sportswear sets a new standard of luxury.
The name of the collection is evocative of the designers’ love of nature and close ties to the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains. It was derived from prose of 19th century artist and writer William Blake who once mused:
“Great things are done where men and mountains meet.
This is not done by jostling in the street.”
As creatives, Santos and Saylak’s partnership is a merging of minds and visions, and their collection the fruit of that collaboration. As designers, they are proudly committed to being the standard bearers for a more mindful and responsible generation of designers.