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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin recently wrapped up and as always, the city is pushing important ideas — like gender-neutral dressing and sustainability — to the forefront. Here, three new and noteworthy young brands to keep on your radar.

Nathini Van Der Meer
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Nathini van der Meer Van der Meer is new to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin calendar this season, and her Spring 2017 debut collection had a strong focus on separates that could be worn by both men and women through every season. She is a graduate of the Berlin University of the Arts, where she studied fashion design and installation art, performance art, and video. Today, in addition to her designs, she also has a career in the film industry.

Philomena Zanetti
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Philomena Zanetti Julia Leifert launched her brand Philomena Zanetti in 2014, with the singular goal to create high quality fashion that was in line with her vegan lifestyle. Her collection is enticing for its minimalism and luxe, quality fabrics, as well as its commitment to being an alternative to fast fashion.

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Steinrohner Steinrohner is designed by two friends, Caroline Rohner and Inna Stein, who studied together at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee. This collection’s focus on playful prints, sporty outwear, and sheer layering felt modern and covetable. The duo won the Young Designers Award last year and they are certainly on to something.