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Published on july 26, 2019

20 Designer Signatures Every Luxe Lover Needs to Know

written by Team thredUP

We get thousands of arrivals every day, sometimes it’s hard to find what you want! That’s why our shopping hack Saved Searches is every thrifter’s secret weapon. It digs for you and sends you arrivals matching your search (like that dress you’ve been looking for) right to your email or phone! More on how it works here. In this series, we share the best brands and styles you should be shopping and the searches you need to save right now. Read on and start saving!

For thrifty luxe hunters everywhere, the thrill of nabbing a designer item is unmatched (especially when you get them for a fraction of the price)! The top designer brands go fast here, that’s why every pro hunter uses Saved Searches to stay on top of ALL the new designer arrivals. Read on for the top designer brands you need in your life right now and how to best style their signature items.

High Fashion Brands

Gucci

Maximalist is Gucci’s motto, and you won’t find any other fashion house out there with more personality and a popular following. Everyone knows the famous Double G buckle belt by Gucci. It’s a very simple design, yet makes a statement with whatever you have on. The same interlinked monogram can be seen on Gucci’s popular GG canvas handbags, crossbody bags, and wallets. Pair them with the Italian house’s GG Horsebit loafers for the full look. When saving your sizes, remember to put in your shoe size so that you’re notified as soon as these super-rare loafers come in!

Searches to save:
— Save all things Gucci.
Gucci belts: These belts are a trend that keeps coming back. Throw in a Gucci belt to any tee and jeans combo for a luxe twist.
Gucci shoes: If you want to make a statement, then Gucci shoes are the perfect way to start on the right foot. Add a pair of black boots or the popular fur-lined loafers to your outfit and you’re set.

Prada

This Italian designer brand is known for chic experimentation and pushing the limits of fashion. Up your shoe game by investing in a pair of Prada pumps, or carry around one of their leather handbags (like the famous Galleria) or nylon backpacks punctuated by the brand’s iconic triangular logo.

Searches to save:
— Save all things Prada.
Prada shoes: Discover flats, pumps, wedges, and more.
Prada bags: Along with the Galleria handbag, Prada also carries shoulder bags and smaller crossbody bags.

Saint Laurent Paris

Creative director Hedi Slimane signaled a new era of the French fashion house by renaming Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent, but the cool-girl edge of the Parisian brand persists.It’s hard to miss their famous YSL logo that adorns purses, wallets, and handbags. Especially their famous LOU Camera Bag in matelasse black which goes with just about anything.

Searches to save:
— Save all things Saint Laurent Paris
Saint Laurent Handbags: The iconic monogram hardware uplifts any outfit, casual or otherwise.
Saint Laurent accessories:  Along with their crossbody bags, YSL also has other accessories, like scarves, that will add a fashionable touch to any outfit.

Louis Vuitton

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From clutches to trunks, Louis Vuitton’s monogram is a fashion icon. The brand’s most covetable handbags, wallets, and more are crafted from either the Monogram Canvas or the equally memorable Damier Ebene Canvas. You don’t have to break the bank to own a LV bag of your own, set price alerts and you’ll be notified when something gets added in your price range or when prices drop!

Searches to save:
— Save all things Louis Vuitton.
Louis Vuitton belts: Sport the LV monogram on jeans, a skirt, or for added definition over a dress.
Louis Vuitton handbags: Their signature fabric, Monogram canvas, comes in a variety of colors, whichever one you choose is sure to make a statement!

Burberry

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Heritage is woven into every fibre of Burberry’s long history, literally. The English fashion house is best known for the iconic Burberry Check, which manifests in highly sought-after scarves and the lining of the brand’s equally covetable trench coat. These styles go fast so save that search for a great steal!

Searches to save:
— Save all things Burberry.
Burberry scarves: Reach for a tan or neutral Burberry Check scarf to match all your outfits from casual denim to elegant workwear.
Burberry coats: There’s a reason why the Burberry trench is every fashion girl’s fall staple, pair the coat with jeans and black booties for a sleek look.

Contemporary Brands

Marc Jacobs

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Formerly the creative designer at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs is known for pieces that have a clean and sleek look. The brand offers mid-length skirts that work well for either work or a nice dinner, and plenty of contemporary dresses as well. You can save a search for material to find the right skirt for any occasion! Pair it with one of the brand’s eye-catching clutches or crossbody bags to carry your necessities.

Searches to save:
— Save all things Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs skirts: Shop a range of different styles, from work-ready wool skirts to floral printed silk numbers, you can pair both with a plain top to keep a subtle look.
Marc Jacobs clutches: All of his clutches come in patterns and multiple colors. This makes them the perfect (and delicate) addition to any going out outfit.

Stella McCartney

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This brand strategically shows femininity in their clothing items and matches it with expert tailoring. You’ll find lots of dresses in bold colors, mixed with blazers and jackets. Our favorite part about Stella McCartney is that all leather and fur products are crafted from faux fur or vegan leather!

Searches to save:
— Save all things Stella McCartney.
Stella McCartney dresses: To play down their chic or contemporary look, these dresses are best styled with kitten heels or patent leather loafers.

Alexander Wang

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Grunge meets tailoring at Alexander Wang. From studded handbags to the iconic cut-out Kori boots, this brand has tons of signature items that are quickly snatched up. Their clothes tend to be on the casual side but are great for both professional and play, and often come in neutral colors that go with any accessory. If you are looking for more affordable street fashion, check out the brand’s diffusion line, T by Alexander Wang.

Searches to save:
— Save all things Alexander Wang.
Alexander Wang dresses: Pair one of their black dresses with a colorful shoe for a bright pop.
Alexander Wang shoes: Add a pair of cut-out Kori boots or cut-out Abby sandals for an extra edge to your outfit.

Rachel Comey

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If you’re needing pants or skirts that will kick your wardrobe up a notch, Rachel Comey is the home of unique bottoms and beautiful sets. Rachel Comey pants come in multiple styles like kick flares and high-waisted pants, with equally elegant tops to match.

Searches to save:
— Save all things Rachel Comey.
Rachel Comey pants: If you’re opting for a unique style in pants, like kick flares, tuck in a plain tee and add in colorful heels.
Rachel Comey skirts: These skirts come in many materials, such as denim, silk, acrylic, and more. Filter by material if you have a specific one in mind!

The Kooples

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This French fashion brand, put together by three brothers, has an edgy and retro vibe to their clothing. They have lots of blazer and long-sleeve button-downs. Both of these are great for making any outfit work appropriate, or even to just add a bit of an edge to an everyday outfit.

Searches to save:
— Save all things The Kooples.
The Kooples blazers: Step up any casual outfit with a blazer and printed flats.
The Kooples button-down tops: Some of these button-downs are made with silk and come in a variety of prints!

Ulla Johnson

For more bohemian vibes, look no further. Ulla Johnson has a wide assortment of dresses and jumpsuits covered in floral prints and ruffles. You can add in strappy sandals to these feminine pieces for a complete boho outfit.

Searches to save:
— Save all things Ulla Johnson
Ulla Johnson dresses: Pair one of their floral dresses with a crossbody bag to make a trendy brunch outfit.
Ulla Johnson shoes: Not only does Ulla Johnson have strappy sandals, but they also have heels and flats that will take you from day to night.

Isabel Marant

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Look to Isabel Marant for all of your cool girl needs. They have unique prints on a variety of items, such as tops, dresses, and blouses. This brand has been made famous by celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Katie Holmes. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, you can shop their other line, Étoile Isabel Marant, the more relaxed sister brand.

Searches to save:
— Save all things Isabel Marant.
Isabel Marant tops: Couple printed tops with jeans for a more dressed-down look. If you want to dress them up, add in black pants.
Isabel Marant dresses: When looking for a printed dress, filter the kind of print you want to make your life THAT much easier!
Isabel Marant shoes: Add a pair of their famous Bekett wedge sneakers to your outfit for a trendy take on street style.

Marni

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Marni is known for their quirky aesthetic, think asymmetric tops and abstract prints. If you’re looking for a more contemporary look that plays with silhouettes, you’ll find plenty of dresses that are loose-fitting and relaxed.

Searches to save:
— Save all things Marni.
Marni dresses: These dresses are very busy, so pairing them with something plain like a block heel or a solid purse is the best way to make them the center of attention.

Everyday Brands

Zimmermann

 

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First launched in the garage of Nicky Zimmermann, the Australian brand is best known for beautiful prints, delicate lace, and silk dresses. There are tasteful ruffle details added to dresses, blouses, and rompers. You’ll also have your vacay needs met with its stylish swimwear line which is equally covetable.

Searches:
— Save all things Zimmermann.
Zimmermann dresses: Love boho? You’ll love these dresses which offer floral prints and ruffles. This brand also has great silk pieces that are light and perfect for spring or summer.
Zimmermann swimwear: This swimwear comes in various styles and prints, mix and match to personalize your look.

Rebecca Minkoff

Known for their rock’n’roll vibes, Rebecca Minkoff offers an assortment of bags to suit a night out. Their leather handbags and crossbody bags are studded and trimmed with fringes, making them perfect for shopping or going out to dinner. Pair one of these studded bags with a cold-shoulder sweater and you’re set for a night out on the town. These tops and bags go fast, so be sure to filter and save your size!

Searches to save:
— Save all things Rebecca Minkoff.
Rebecca Minkoff bags: Most of these bags have silver embellishments on them, so pair with silver jewelry for a cohesive look.
Rebecca Minkoff tops: Often with puffy sleeves or ruffles, these tops look best when paired with plain pants or jeans and neutral shoes.

rag & bone

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rag & bone has clothes for every day and elevated events, but where they really shine is with their jeans. From distressed, to flared, to boot-cut, they have it all. These jeans go FAST so saving them in your searches is the best bet for getting a pair.

Searches to save:
— Save all things rag & bone.
rag & bone jeans: Pair with a tee and flats for a casual yet chic look. Remember that you can save the type of jeans and your waist size to find the pair that you need.

Kate Spade

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From polka dots to their signature black and white stripes, all of Kate Spade’s motifs are fun yet sophisticated. look for one of their quirky bags and accessories. Kate Spade makes quirky fashionable! For your next statement piece, consider a flamingo-embossed bucket bag or a crossbody style with the signature spade-shaped buckle.

Searches to save:
— Save all things Kate Spade.
Kate Spade bags: Pair one of Kate Spade’s quirky or patterned bags with solid clothing items so that the bag stands out.

Tory Burch

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The signature Tory Burch logo can be found on almost everything the brand offers, including sandals and purses. For a spring or summertime look, substitute flats for Tory Burch sandals into your classic jeans and tees combo.

Searches to save:
— Save all things Tory Burch.
Tory Burch shoes: Shop sandals, booties, heels, and more. Save the specific shoe style if you are looking for something in particular.
Tory Burch bags: From simple leather pieces to embossed styles, almost every shoulder and crossbody bags from Tory Burch boasts the brand’s eponymous logo hardware.

COACH

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It wasn’t until Lew Frankfort became the CEO in 1979 that Coach was transformed into a luxury brand, and we have loved their bags and wallets ever since. From the famous Edie Shoulder Bag 31to the North/South Swingpack, all Coach bags are extremely versatile. You can shop different fabrics like woven jacquard, cross-grain leather, and even coated canvas.

Searches to save:
— Save all things Coach.
Coach bags: If you’re looking for a specific bag, save and filter by the type of bag and material.

MICHAEL KORS

Perfect for all events, Michael Kors is famous for their handbags as well as their patterned dresses and skirts. This American designer brand encompasses timeless chic and prides themselves on making women feel confident in what they are wearing. Use their famous Selma Medium Leather Satchel for everyday shopping and errands.

Searches to save:
— Save on all things Michael Kors.
Michael Kors dresses: From A-line dresses that are perfect for work to wrap dresses for date night, these styles will fit in any closet.
Michael Kors bags: Take your pick of everything from crossbody bags to shoulder bags, the MK monogram makes a bold statement piece that goes everything.

These designer signatures are sure to be showstoppers for your next occasion. Make your life easier (and your wallet happier) with these saved searches.

What’s your fave signature designer item? Comment and let us know what you want to see more of!


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