Launched in 2001, American born designer Rachel Comey's label has fast become the uniform of choice for cool downtown girls and New York's creative elite with its artful custom textiles, graceful modern silhouettes and covetable footwear.
Having originally trained as a sculptor, Comey moved to New York to pursue a career in the arts, working as a costume designer for bands in the burgeoning downtown music scene. Her eponymous label was launched shortly after, initially as a menswear collection (David Bowie wore a Rachel Comey shirt on Letterman).
However, such was the popularity of the men's collection with women (they bought up all the small sizes in Barneys) that in 2003 Comey launched her womenswear and accessory line, now the mainstay of the brand. Having garnered a loyal following including the likes of Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst and Cindy Sherman, Comey attributes the popularity of her label down to "Materials, craftsmanship, utility and a sense of humour I don't like things to be too accessorized, but I do like them to be playful".