As we celebrate our Birthday Week (woot woot!), we wanted to give a nod to a few of the successful brands that launched in 2011– the year our site was born.
It’s very difficult to maintain a successful fashion brand in such a saturated market, but these ten brands stood the test of time. From household labels like Rachel Zoe and Kenzo to industry newcomers, like Studio 85, we’ve featured clothing, beauty, shoe and jewelry brands.
Flip through to see who made our list.
The established Toronto-based brand entered the U.S. market in 2011. Now, the label is sold in JC Penney locations throughout the country.
Black Up Cosmetics
This Parisian company hit the U.S. e-commerce scene at thew very end of 2010, gaining popularity in 2011. The brand boast makeup for women of color in their growing market.
Rachel Zoe Collection
Having worked with the gamut of celebrities, this stylist turned designer launched her eponymous contemporary collection in 2011.
Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s
Having already launched her own clothing label– remember Sweetface— the singer took a second try with Kohl’s in 2011.
Sofia Vergara for Kmart
Fans of Sofia Vergara were able to get a taste of her style with her collection for Kmart that launched in September of 2011.
While the company was founded in 1970, it was revived under the direction of Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony, who became the creative directors in 2011.
Creatures of the Wind
Started by Chicagoans, Christopher Peters and Shane Gabier, this funky women’s label is inspired by art and culture. Their first collection showed at New York Fashion Week runways in 2011.
This jewelry designer has been making pieces for a couple years now, but after graduating with an MFA from Kent State University in 2011, her label gained worldwide attention.
Studio85 Nail Polish
As a black-owned company, the three founders of this nail polish line have created a bold, fun brand.
Christian Louboutin for Men
Twenty years after launching his first store, the shoe designer opened his first store for men in Paris. Now, celebs like Justin Timberlake wear them regularly for performances and red carpet events.