Designer spotlight: Highland

Spring cleaning will be easy if you know you're making room for the wares of these new local talents.

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    Tiger-stripe lab coat, $280, at Opening Ceremony

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    Luster-twill suit pants in gold, $180, at Opening Ceremony

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    Burlap suit pants in bone, $195, at Opening Ceremony

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    Map-print bowling shirt, $165, at Opening Ceremony

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    Sporty shorts in pigment-dyed jersey, $170, at Opening Ceremony

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    Dry-cotton-twill inside-out trench coat, $580, at Opening Ceremony

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    Chevron ikat patch pocket shorts, $153 (normally $170), at Steven Alan

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    Shotgunner jacket, $305, at Opening Ceremony

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    Striped linen patch pocket shorts, $153 (normally $170), at Steven Alan

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    Luster-twill lab coat in lapis, $252 (normally $280), at Steven Alan

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    Boy Scout shorts in chino, $165, at Opening Ceremony

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    Dry-cotton-twill lab coat in bone, $281 (normally $312), at Steven Alan

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    Designer Lizzie Owens


Tiger-stripe lab coat, $280, at Opening Ceremony

Lizzie Owens of Highland (

Who she is: The Salt Lake City native graduated with a fashion degree from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, then moved to New York for an internship with designer Tess Giberson. Owens got her big break designing wovens at cashmere brand TSE, where she worked for four years before taking some time off to create music-video costumes for bands like MGMT, the Killers and Chairlift. During a brief stint in L.A., Owens teamed up with her business-minded cousin Cramer Tolboe and family friend Mike Franks to form her menswear label Highland, named for a scenic road in Utah. "I was really into doing menswear because I'd been working with all these guys in bands," she says. "It's a lot more predictable than womenswear and less trend-driven; I like having that limitation."

About the line: Headquartered in Chinatown, Highland caters to style-minded guys who are as rugged as they are creative. Owens's signature Southwest- and Patagonia-inspired prints touch everything from button-up shirts to slim-fit pants. "This tribal, psychedelic side is always going to be part of my aesthetic," she notes. Highland's spring collection ($80--$850) is made for mixing and matching: A navy-blue cardigan and mustard-yellow pants easily pair with a world-map-printed top or a denim bomber jacket. The steep price tags are due to the brand's top-notch fabrics, such as loose-weave Scottish wool and super-soft cotton-silk blends. Owens hopes to one day branch out into accessories—especially backpacks, which served as inspiration for some of the utilitarian-style jackets released this season.

Where to buy: Opening Ceremony (35 Howard St between Broadway and Crosby St; 212-219-2688, and Steven Alan (103 Franklin St between Church St and West Broadway; 212-343-0692, Mention TONY for 10 percent off all Highland items at Steven Alan through March 27.

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