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This is it. The moment has arrived. It's time to unveil our first-ever class of Racked Young Guns, a collection of the brightest and most promising fashion talents in the United States today. The group is 15 strong and represents both coasts, a variety of styles and everything from women's wear to jewelry to shoes to bags.
The list came together thanks to feedback from our selection committee of more than 30 industry heavyweights including local visionaries like Steven Alan, Jen Mankins of Bird, and Claire Distenfeld of Fivestory. The finalists made it through two prior rounds of cuts thanks to multiple recommendations (three or more per contender) from our committee. These are the designers you're going to see everywhere in the coming years—might as well get to know 'em now.