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.

Rachel Comey
New York City
Rachel Comey

The show must always go on: Just two days after 9/11, Comey, 35, had to present her first collection to buyers. Despite the tragedy, she snagged orders from influential boutiques, partially because one of her designs had been worn by David Bowie on the David Letterman show, and shop owners were eager to see what else the new men's wear designer would create. A few seasons later the Vermont native decided her men's designs had "plateaued," and she is now focusing exclusively on women's clothing and shoes.

Last updated February 01 2008: 11:26 AM ET

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