Busting out of the boutiques

Fashion Week descends on New York City's Bryant Park this week and next. Amid tents filled with those who have already made it, a small band of entrepreneurial designers are claiming lucrative deals. Here are five creative small-business owners who, insiders say, will soon be global brands.

Katy Rodriguez
Los Angeles
Katy Rodriguez

For 11 years Rodriguez ran the famed Resurrection boutiques in New York City and Los Angeles, and selling vintage clothing inspired her to create her own line replicating the look and quality of those classics. Her dresses often feature voluminous hemlines that make them look as if a wind machine is hidden underneath. Stylist Rachel Zoe and actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Liv Tyler count themselves acolytes. This month Rodriguez, 34, hosts her second Fashion Week runway collection, which is generating heavy buzz.

Last updated February 01 2008: 11:26 AM ET

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