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Meet Our Fall 2019 Designers

Kathy Cormier

Couture Planet®, a women-owned business in Lynn, Massachusetts, creates fashion‑forward handbags and accessories from 100% post-consumer newspaper. Products are proudly MADE IN THE USA.

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Marilyn and Haley Ballard

A woman-owned business co-founded by mother-daughter duo, Marilyn and Haley Ballard. They collaborate together on each eye-catching design from bold geometrics to sculptural pieces in their NYC studio.

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Julie Feldman

Trendsetter and innovator, Julie Feldman may be hard to pin a single label on, but her goals are simple and clear: to continue to create and share. As an artist and designer, Julie creates unique, handcrafted handbags and accessories that are made in the USA and sold internationally. Prized by art and handbag collectors, Julie's purses can be found in museum shops and specialty boutiques, and at charity fundraisers.

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Lorraine Sayer

Lorraine Sayer's Piano Wire Collection utilizes piano wire mixed with semi-precious stones or fresh-water pearls. A nod to New York’s musical heritage, this clever, stylish, and festive jewelry is made using multiple rings and strings of piano wire. Her pieces are sure to put a song in the heart of everyone who sees her pieces being worn. The wire is made from tempered high-carbon steel, silver-plated hook closures, and surgical steel ear wires.

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Jan Hartman

Jan started her retail store in the Philadelphia suburbs in 1992 and loved serving the customers in her community for 24 years. Founder of Rain Capers, she turned boring reversible rain poncho outerwear into popular wearable art. In order to spend more time with her daughter Lindsay and her grandchildren, she closed bricks & mortar store and launched RainCaper in 2016.

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Grace Chuang

Alice Chiang is principal of Grace Chuang, Inc., established in 1990 to design unique Asian embroidery jackets and accessories. Designs include evening bags, scarves, and custom tailored apparel.

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Sondra Wiskari

Sondra Wiskari has expertise working with many artistic media. Her passion for learning new processes has resulted in diverse projects from her beautiful Louis C. Tiffany products designed expressly for the NYHistory Store to her current work presenting the shoes of Walk this Way.

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Carole Amper

Toucan Hats are crafted in the old hat making tradition which utilizes manual pressing stampers to shape felt and straw material into classic hat shapes. Vintage Flappers, Cloches, and Fedoras are some of the more popular designs in the Collection.

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Jody Lyons

Joli Jewelry was started by Jody Lyons in 1984. Inspired by her love of the styles of the 1920's-1960's and her childhood fascination with her mother's jewelry box, she began designing jewelry for herself while still in college. She was soon "discovered" by local shop owners in the West Village of Manhattan and began creating her jewelry line.

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Cynthia Gale

Two decades ago, while on a modeling trip to the Indonesian island of Bali, Cynthia Gale became enamored with the island's exotic elegance. Her jewelry collection over the years has reflected the tranquil beauty of the Far East combined with her fast-paced, urban New York City lifestyle.

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