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Five Awesome Aussie Designers to Know Right Now

Australia has a reputation for exporting great style—from the country's gorgeous models (Abbey Lee Kershaw, Jessica Hart, Miranda Kerr) to its famously feminine labels like Zimmermann, Lover, and Camilla and Marc. It's easy to see the land's laid-back, vibrant culture reflected in its fashion, and the fact that Aussies don’t take themselves too seriously is refreshing.

Fortunately for us here in the States, the country's more under-the-radar labels are gradually becoming easier to access. Just stroll around New York's Nolita neighborhood and you'll find Damsel In Distress and the newly-opened B Space across the street, both of which stock some of the more elusive Australian labels. Plus, there are plenty of online retailers like Ausmode.com that make shopping for Australian designers super-easy, no matter what city you're in.

Click through to meet five Aussie designers we're loving at the moment.

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Friend of Mine

Started by besties Teale Talbot and Letitia McLean in 2009, this label captures a sexy, effortless Aussie attitude. There’s no shortage of leather overalls, sheer tops, short shorts and chunky accessories to be found. Unsurprisingly, it’s a favorite amongst cool-girl bloggers like Rumi Neely and Alexandra Spencer, the latter of whom is also a muse and collaborator.


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Ellery

Designer Kym Ellery perfectly embodies the women she designs for: modern, fearless fashion lovers who manage to never look like they try too hard. The Sydney-based designer uses structural elements and varied proportions to add avant-garde touches to wardrobe staples like dresses, skirts and blazers. Her stuff is a little on the pricey side, but worth it for quality and sheer cool factor.

Side note: Ellery et Graz's cat-eye sunglasses will change your life. 


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Bec & Bridge

It’s no surprise that Bec & Bridge’s laid-back and colorful collections are killing it in L.A. at the moment: the label has that whole sophisticated, subtly bohemian vibe that’s as Australian as it is West Coast. Designers Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston have been perfecting their vibrant, girly vision for nearly a decade, and now they have one of the better-known Australian labels here in the U.S.


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Stylestalker

Yet another BFF duo is behind this affordable and fun label. Sue-Ann San and Rachel Zellic launched Stylestalker in 2008 to feed their obsession with all things fashion- and style-related. The clothes are a fusion of their various inspirations—sometimes '90s grunge, sometimes '70s glam, but always accessible and playful. Bonus: They have an awesome blog where they post their own outfits as well as their friends'. So inspiring.


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Benah

New Zealand–born, Sydney-based designer Brenda Harvey is dedicated to high-quality leather, cashmere and silk accessories. All her bags have a cool, minimal look and are more timeless than trendy. She’s developing a cult following with fashion fans like Caroline Issa, Florence Welch and Natalie Joos. While her bags and clutches are definitely the stars of the show, her graphic printed silk scarves are worth a look, too.


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