Donald Pliner

Donald J Pliner grew up in Chicago and learned his way around the shoe-making business from his father, Leo, owner of the Florsheim Family shoe stores.

Pliner started out making women’s shoes, but in 1998 expanded his label to include footwear for men. What started as a very basic shoe made mostly of elastic has evolved into Continue Reading »


Zaldy Goco started his career in the early 1990s as New York club fixture known for his over-the-top drag extravaganzas. His nightlife performances eventually segued into a legitimate career in fashion design and he has been producing collections under his namesake for the past five years. Continue Reading »

Denis Simachev

Denis Simachev is the first Russian designer to show a collection at Milan Fashion Week. Once strictly a menswear designer, he now designs for both men and women and his clothing can be found in boutiques from New York to Tokyo and Madrid. Continue Reading »

Petro Zillia

Petro Zillia designer Nony Tochterman is definitely one of a kind. The line, which was conceived in 1996, takes a playful avant-garde look at high fashion, using luxurious fabrics and unique ideas.

Tochterman uses bold colors, vivid details and takes a modern twist on retro trends. The designer learned to knit, sew and cut fabric by the time she was seven. She grew up watching her mother Continue Reading »

Costello Tagliapietra

Costello Tagliapietra premiered its line in New York at the Spring 2005 collections and received rave reviews from editors as well as their peers. The Brooklyn-based design duo is made up of Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra.

Costello got his start in fashion by designing duds for actresses and musicians, but creative sparks flew when he met up with Tagliapietra. The guys had so much in common that they were Continue Reading »