Début: An Emerging Talent Boutique

by jennine on March 4, 2011

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Falling in love with Emerging talent can be a mixed bag. On one hand, there is nothing more exciting than spotting a designer that flourishes and really develops over time, on the flip side, it’s so disheartening to fall in love with something that turns out to be a flash in the pan. I used to get really into searching out new designers, back in the days of IQONs and Myspace where emerging talent would post their wares online and make show their friends who often had equally as great work. These days, it’s finding a boutique like Début in New York where Lisa Wiess scouts out emerging designers who create amazingly high quality pieces with an unbelievably fresh edge to them.

The boutique has a modernist interior that displays it’s wears like a gallery, showcasing each designer and listing out the influences of the collection on a plaque like you would see in a museum. Good for those of us who like a little story to go with our wardrobe, and great for those who want more of their wares than ‘it’s cute’. It also gives the boutique a more curated feeling, where you can browse through the pieces with a bit more care than you would in a regular shop. Of course, the price points are at the more contemporary and luxury levels, but in this atmosphere you know it’s definitely worth it, as it sure beats scouring the internets for the latest emerging talent of the season.

My favorite pieces were by Mawi, who has been around since 2003, and has a knack for mixing edgy and lush.

The Orly Genger has a wonderful sense of knotting!

I must be on a bracelet kick… will let you know who did this in a bit…

Susie Bubble was wearing a Brook & Lyn necklace during fashion week. These are amazing!

I’ve never seen  Timo Weiland’s collections in real life. The mix between classic and the playful prints (this is the backside of a cardigan) is so fresh!

Here are a couple of bags… Oh my… so much for coveting a basic black bag…

Début New York
298 Mulberry Street (at Houston)
New York, NY 10012


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AngieMontreal March 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

It looks beautiful! I need to get back to NY soon, and NOT during FW so we can have a proper shopping day!
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jennine March 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm

yay! you should! this place is around the corner from my place, so it’s a must-stop!


midtowngirl March 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm

So glad you wrote this post bc it reminded me of my 2 gift cards I have for their boutique! I’m a huge fan of emerging designers ;-)


Tonia March 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

A shop full of fabulousness.
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Jessie March 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

wow looks like such a great store! i love those bracelets in the picture you posted above. i have a giftcard to the store from the ifb evolving influence conference, must check it out!

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Sylvia March 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

This place looks amazing! I always love finding fresh new designers but totally feel you that it’s sad when they seem to flop. The bags are especially incredible!
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DWJ March 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Ohhh…I HAVE to have an Orly Genger necklace. That’s about to be my next purchase. I am in love!


Strawberries and Champagne March 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I love the Mawi pieces, what a great store. I love anything that promotes new talent.


Marissa (@TheStyleFile) March 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm

What is the price range of these items in the store? I still have my FB giftcard :)
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The Wise Take March 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

It looks more like a museum than a store! And the pieces are all so unique and interesting. Love it!
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Marissa March 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Putting this on the must-visit list for my next trip to New York! Who are the bags by?
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myheartblogged March 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I love the snakeskin bag. I think it’s awesome you want to support new designers.
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Midnight Cowgirl March 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Gorgeous jewelry!
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Kristy March 5, 2011 at 4:15 am

i LOVE debut!!!!!!! i think it’s awesome you did a post about them. =) love that they feature new designers.

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Sam @ Weekend Getaways March 5, 2011 at 5:57 am

Great place, you can get each and every accessories over here. You don’t have to rush to different-2 shop one by one with your girlfriend. ;)
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cca. March 5, 2011 at 7:50 am

Love Debut. I visited the shop during the IFB conference and purchased a gorgeous Abakus cuff with my giftcard. I had to blog about it because it was so unique.
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Collette Osuna March 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

The boutique looks AMAZING…I’m really loving all of the knotted pieces….:)

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Jacqueline March 6, 2011 at 3:16 am

Those bags are awesome! Fun and functional. I’ve come across the MAWI line a few times online and I always like what I see, I just can’t afford most of it.*

*There is a MAWI ASOS collab available online on sale that is much more budget friendly but you lose a good amount of the flair and detail that make the line so interesting.
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Najlla March 7, 2011 at 12:14 am

Mawi has such stunning jewelery!


classiq March 7, 2011 at 12:39 am

The accessory line looks wonderful!
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Kristin March 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I don’t know which I’m drooling over more…the baubles or the bags!!


Lucero Arechiga March 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

Looks very promising!

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Laura Connell March 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

I, too, love supporting emerging talent. You often get better value for your money as well as the product of a new creative mind.


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