I’m a Gen Z Fashion Writer—These Are the Small Brands I’m Obsessed With

Gen Z Says is a series where we tap different members of Generation Z who’ll give us the latest insight on what’s cool in the fashion space.

While we spend a lot of time looking toward big labels and retailers, nothing beats finding and supporting a small brand that you immediately click with. When perusing through the collections of emerging brands, you’ll find the innovation that can often be missing from the bigger labels. India Roby, Gen Zer, and fashion writer happens to agree. Having worked at Nylon and now at Fashionista, her work has helped her gradually build up a mental directory of small designers that are worthy of mainstream attention. Roby is also no stranger to the fast-paced stream of social media, always paying attention to what’s perceived as “of the moment.” Sites like Twitter and TikTok may have their list of flaws, but they’ve also created a way for smaller designers to have their moment against all the noise.

Roby is always quick to share her thoughts within her writing and social media posts, so we knew she wouldn’t mind sharing the small brands she’s been wearing as of late. She describes her style as “feminine, kitschy, and colorful” but also makes sure there are timeless and versatile elements to her look. While the brands below mesh with her style, the variety they offer will suit many sartorial preferences. Keep scrolling to see for yourself and shop along the way.

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