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Rebecca Minkoff has become one of fashion’s “It Girls”, headlining New York Fashion Week with a star studded show filled with every celebrity imaginable, a critically acclaimed collection, and one of Fashion’s hottest lifestyle brands. From Mercedes Benz Fashion Week’s website:

“An industry leader in casual luxury handbags, accessories, and apparel, Rebecca Minkoff’s playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted on girls everywhere from downtown to uptown, in the US and abroad.

Born in San Diego, CA, Rebecca grew up designing and sewing clothing. Her passion for fashion and design prompted her to move New York after high school graduation and pursue a career as a designer. Rebecca launched a five-piece apparel line in 2001. Her first taste at success came when an “I Love New York” tee Rebecca designed made it onto Jay Leno and into US Weekly. Requests for the patriotic tee flooded in. Rebecca spent the next few years sewing I Love New York shirts on the floor of her New York apartment.

In 2005, Rebecca took a stab at handbags, and the Morning After Bag was born. The now iconic, classic Rebecca Minkoff bag was an instant success. Rebecca quickly shifted her focus. She dropped her apparel line and developed additional styles to build out her romantically themed day-to-night handbag collection.  With 4 years of consistent growth in accessories under her belt, Rebecca returned to her original love of apparel design and introduced a ready-to-wear collection in 2009.

Rebecca Minkoff’s designs are a favorite of both everyday women and celebrities such as Agyness Deyn, Lauren Conrad, Keira Knightley, Ashley Greene, Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon. Rebecca has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, Fox Business News, and Extra to discuss her take on fashion and business. In 2009, she was honored as a New York Moves Power Women for her entrepreneurial success in the fashion industry and in 2010 was admitted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).   As passionate about connecting with her consumers, as she is design, Rebecca Minkoff has quickly grown to become the #1 independent accessories designer in the United States. Rebecca’s goal is to become a complete lifestyle brand for the fashion-forward female.”

Here “The King Of Kamelot” chats #InTheLab with fashion powerhouse Rebecca Minkoff at a VIP meet and greet event at Bloomingdale’s about her experience at NYFW 2013, her new flagship NYC store opening soon, how she became one of fashion’s most distinct brands, what made her come back to “Ready To Wear”, being able to use her incredible platform on the charity side, what to expect next, and so much more!