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A:  Thanks to modern technology, tracking down the work of indie designers and fashion up-and-comers is easier than ever. Here are four great places to start:

If you’re in New York, check out Made in NYC for a list of locally made products. The site includes the apparel industry as well as many non-clothing items produced in NYC.

Another suggestion is the local search feature on Etsy. Limit your search to shop locations in New York, NY to browse thousands of pieces from clothing designers living and working right here in the Big Apple. (Tip: Local searches are a great way to discover indie designers from other cities, too!)

Gretchen’s Closet is a fashion-focused website which includes a huge list of indie designer boutiques both in NYC and around the globe.

Racked NY recently published the Indie 38, a collection of thirty-eight of their favorite NYC-based independent designers and clothing boutiques. Both Manhattan and Brooklyn-based spots are included in this list.

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