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.

Chris Benz
New York City
Chris Benz

If Marc Jacobs and J. Crew collaborated, the result would look a lot like Benz's clothes. That's appropriate, because the 25-year-old worked at both places before launching his own line last year.

Though he has produced only two full collections, the critical praise for the Seattle native has been loud and unanimous, from the New York Times to Women's Wear Daily. On the horizon is an eyewear collection and a jewelry partnership with Lulu Frost. Can a Target line be far behind?

Last updated February 01 2008: 11:26 AM ET

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