Lately, I’ve been mourning the loss of a clothing line I can turn to when I’m in need of something new for my wardrobe. This is especially crucial living in a small town where online shopping is the only way to stay up to date. Knowing the size and fit of a designer’s line is important when you can’t try things on before you buy them. Over the past 10 years, my go-to designers have mainly included Yaya, Theory and Diane von Furstenberg, but I’m bored with all of them and am in need of a new line in that price range that I can count on. Enter Rachel Comey.
I like how she balances clean lines and simplicity with interesting cuts and details. While she uses a lot of classic silhouettes and vintage fabrics and patterns, she adds unexpected details that make it young, sexy and modern. After getting her BFA in sculpture from Vermont, Comey designed costumes and sets and worked as a design consultant at Theory. She launched her menswear label in 2001 and her womenswear line in 2003 after women began buying the men’s clothes in smaller sizes. She first received attention when David Bowie wore one of her shirts on Letterman and after designing the costumes for the band Gogol Bordello’s performance at the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Now her work is sold at Bloomingdales, Bergdorf and she has a cheaper line called Contributor, sold exclusively at Urban Outfitters. Check out the images above. Could she be your go-to designer or are you already loyal to someone else?