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Hudson County-Based Clothing Designers + Collections We Love

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It’s now more important than ever to shop local and support artists, designers, and businesses in the community. Hudson County is filled with so much talent that it makes it easy to support one another and shop beautiful, unique finds. That’s why the Hoboken Girl team has compiled a list of locally-based clothing designers to get your fashion fix. From local, handmade tie-dye collections, to reclaimed vintage pieces and one-of-a-kind tailored dresses and suits, there is a local designer for all your clothing needs. Read on for a compiled list of locally-based clothing designers and collections to check out now. 

ADHD Driven

ADHD Driven

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The ADHD Driven collection is made by Jersey City local, Melissa, and consists of unique ready to wear, reworked vintage, lingerie, and accessories such as leather and denim bags, and masks. Each item is handmade, with zero textile waste, and is sustainable and purposeful. Her goal is to spread awareness about consumer waste in the fashion community and to up-cycle sustainably sourced materials as much as possible. Melissa also offers tailoring and custom work such as custom lingerie and laser cutting services. She is in the process of finishing an airstream that will act as her showroom for finished pieces and be available for private viewings by appointment.  Customers can also shop on her website, or view some of her current designs on her Instagram.

Adrienne Braun

Adrienne Braun

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Adrienn Braun is the owner and designer of the bridal boutique Adrienn Braun Bridal located at the Monroe Art Center. Adrienne designs and creates custom made wedding and evening gowns and works with clients to create their dream dress. Adrienn also offers tailoring and restorations. Book an appointment on her website, or check out her past designs on her Instagram.

Ali + Joe

Ali + Joe

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Ali + Joe is a high-quality clothing capsule of tops, tanks, hoodies, and sweats with fun graphics that are stenciled and snipped by a local artist, Eliza Sutnick. Eliza, the creator of Ali + Joe, was born in the UK and now resides in Bergen County with her husband and children. Check out her unique, handmade designs on her website and Instagram, @itsaliandjoe. Locals can also shop some of Eliza’s pieces from Brooke and Bel in Hoboken.

Art Meets Chaos

Art Meets Chaos

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Donwan Harrell, the creative behind Art Meets Chaos, is a denim artisan that believes in quality over quantity. Art Meets Chaos sells one-of-a-kind luxury and custom denim. Each detail is handled with care, and each pair is finished with the signature exposed button-fly. Many styles are hand-distressed or hand-painted for a unique look that can’t be mimicked. Follow them on Instagram and turn on push notifications so you don’t miss out on new product launches @artmeetschaos

Read More: All About Find & Revive: Vintage Fashion in Jersey City

Be the Difference Clothing

Be The Difference Clothing was established in Jersey City in 2014 by local, Joy W. Joy sells inspirational unisex t-shirts, hoodies, and more. Most if not all designs or sayings are created to inspire and encourage the wearer and those who see the designs. Some designs are inspired by Joy’s personal experiences and others from situations that she sees or hears. 

By Kiy

By Kiy

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By Kiy was created in 2011 by Nickwon Arvinger. By Kiy carries three lifestyle clothing brands including Club Foreign, Originals & Rockhard Vintage. Customers can shop the collection online at www.bykiyonline.com

DeCarlos Bespoke

DeCarlos Bespoke

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DeCarlos Morse is a bespoke menswear designer and tailor based in Jersey City. His studio is located at 150 Bay Street, Unit 919, in downtown Jersey City. DeCarlos offers a one-of-a-kind experience and custom-tailored clothing made the old-fashioned way. Book a workshop online to talk about style over a skinny of bourbon while browsing the Ready-To-Wear collection. 

Dye Hard

Dye Hard

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Sophie Anthony is a Hoboken born resident and newfound entrepreneur. She turned her quarantine hobby into a full-time gig after her unique tie-dye clothing designs were highly-regarded around town. Now you can find some of her collections in local boutiques such as Brooke and Bel in Hoboken. Sophie’s product line consists of adult and children’s loungewear sets, socks, tees, hats, and more. Check out more of her designs on her Instagram

Female King

Female King

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Sakoyah Simmons of Female King built her company as not just a brand, but a lifestyle. She strives to encourage young women to become their own boss, be fearless, and pursue their dreams. Sakoyah is currently working to open her own Female King flagship store, but in the meantime, customers can support her by purchasing products online here where she sells her grand opening tees, hats, and accessories. 

Holly Lucyk of Hollydae Inc.

Holly Lucyk is a local designer and alteration specialist, and owner of Hollydae Inc., located at 1200 Washington Street in Hoboken. Holly designs anything from wedding dresses and men’s suits to children’s apparel and costumes. She now also makes and sells unique, handmade masks with filter inserts for local men, women, and children. 

Hudson and Asher

Hudson and Asher

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Hudson and Asher offer fun, comfortable clothing for babies, children, and adults that celebrate the neighborhoods of Hoboken and Jersey City. The shop sells a variety of merchandise online in its Etsy Shop, as well as through pop-ups at local spots such as Washington General Store in Hoboken. 

Joi Louise

Joi Louise

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Joi Louise is a plus size fashion designer, stylist, and influencer based out of Linden, New Jersey. She owns her own online fashion boutique, @shopjoilouise specially curated for curvy women in mind. Joi believes that true fashion has no size. Her latest collection will be launching this fall, and customers can sign up for her mailing list on her website

LastPlaceWinners Co.

Last Place Winners Co.

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LastPlaceWinners was founded by Kip S. Smith, a Jersey City native, and resident. The main goal was to rewrite the narrative of inner-city youth via powerful messages that transcend across cultures. We observed that the garments made people feel empowered and allowed them to freely express themselves. The team at LastPlaceWinners couldn’t be happier with the culture around the brand, New releases happen often so check them out at www.lastplacewinners.com or stop by the shop located at 225 A Monticello Avenue in Jersey City.

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Margarita Gonzalez of Margo Designs Boutique

Margo Designs

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Margarita {Margo} Gonzalez opened her boutique shop within Sayallures Boutique in Jersey City. Margo designs and sells repurposed lounge and streetwear with an emphasis on celebrating strength and love, featuring designs for the Black Lives Matter Movement, and more. Each piece that Margo creates is one-of-a-kind and designed, made, or repurposed by hand. Her collection includes unisex fashion for adults, as well as kid’s clothing and accessories. 

Myrtle + Flossie

Myrtle + Flossie

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Myrtle + Flossie was created to operate as a “post-baby” concierge hub, helping new and veteran moms along the journey. It is a brand that is created for moms, by a mom. The founder, Nia Reid-Allen was inspired to create a fashion, wellness, and lifestyle brand that addressed all the emotional, mental, and physical changes that happen in the “4th trimester” which is the trimester that often gets ignored. Myrtle + Flossie apparel is ethically made and sustainably sourced, and consists of easy apparel, plant-based skin, and hair products, and also hosts relevant topic workshops and classes. 

Nicolette Shapewear

Nicolette Shapewear

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Nicolette Shapewear is a brand based out of West New York. Nicolette offers bras, leggings, butt-lifters, waist cinchers, and even butt-lifting {and super cute} denim! All of Nicolette Shapewear’s garments are made in Colombia as well. Learn more about Nicolette on Instagram, @nicoletteshapewear, or shop online at www.nicoletteshapewear.com

Obcec.d

obcec.d

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Cecily Salinas of Obcec.d {pronounced like “obsessed”} sells one-of-a-kind revived and reclaimed vintage and thrift apparel based out of Hoboken. Each piece is hand-picked and given a second life by using techniques such as acid wash, reverse dye, tie-dye, distressing, hand embellishing, and more. Check out obcecd.com to browse the current collection.

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Alexis moved to Hoboken after she graduated college in 2015 and fell in love with the area right away. She currently lives in Jersey City with her boyfriend, Ewan, and works in New York City as a fashion buyer by day and an aspiring entrepreneur by night. In her spare time, when she is not exploring the new, trendy spots around town, you will find her working out at one of her favorite local classes, singing along to the soundtrack of Wicked, or creating macrame wall art and home decor that she sells on Etsy.