Combining downtown edge with modern femininity, Rebecca Minkoff offers ready-to-wear clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry, accessories and eyewear that speak to the unique spirit of the contemporary woman. Her designs are playful yet classic and always have an element of the unexpected.

At 18, Rebecca Minkoff packed her bags and moved to New York to become a fashion designer. She launched her eponymous company in 2005 with the creation of her own handbag line, after which she expanded the brand to include ready-to-wear apparel, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Today, Minkoff is one of the leading contemporary designers in the U.S., a member of the CFDA and the 2011 winner of the Breakthrough Award by the Accessories Council.

Here are a few more tidbits from our recent Q&A with the designer:
Enjoys collecting:
"Fashion and art books."

Finds inspiration in:
"My travels."

Best piece of advice:
"Never give up!"

Favorite article of clothing:
"A pair of really worn-in jeans."

Favorite place to travel:
"Anywhere with a beach and lots of sun."

Style icon:
"Kate Moss."

Best part of the job:
"Designing collections that I love to wear, for women just like me."

Favorite piece from her new collection:
"The Mavis top. I love the look of ruffled white lace for spring."

Favorite trends of the moment:
"Floor-skimming maxi dresses—especially in chiffon."