The Emerging Designer is New York-based fashion network that promotes, educates and provides opportunities to global talent. The platform consists of three main areas: content, consulting and events to foster connections with industry creatives and professionals.

We feature top international labels that attract retailers, stylists, press and companies that want to work with fresh names. Our business articles help bridge the gap between the business of fashion and creative minds.

We also support the Made in New York movement and the businesses, people and organizations that help make the city thrive.

We offer a variety of consulting services for emerging designers, retailers and startups looking for brand strategy and marketing help. We also help match designers with retail opportunities, special projects, collaborations and creative positions. 

To build the community, we believe in taking life online. Throughout the year, we host Meetups to engage and network with one another. 


Discover top local and international emerging designers

Deliver authentic content that educates, inspires and highlights top creative talent

Provide inspiration, education and business strategy to our community Build a network that fosters long-lasting relationships within the fashion industry



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Melissa Hall is the founder of The Emerging Designer and a brand strategy consultant. She brings over 15+ years of holistic experience to her assignments, combining creativity and business acumen.

She started the platform in 2012 after working with a variety of entrepreneurs and realized the opportunity for exposure, education and meaningful connections in the industry. Melissa has written over 1,000 articles on emerging designers and marketing to bridge the gap between business and creativity. To-date, she has built a network of hundreds of fashion brands, organizations, manufactures and retailers.

Melissa is committed to education in New York and beyond. She is an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) where she teaches marketing in the Center for Continuing Education and Professional Studies. One of her favorite consulting projects is Design Entrepreneurs NYC, a mini-MBA program for top NYC emerging fashion companies a New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) initiative. She consults on program development, social media and has built relationships with over 200 fashion brands. She also served a two-year term as the President of the Alumni Advisory Board at New York Fashion Fellows.

She regularly speaks at a variety organizations and universities including University of Oxford, NYU, Parsons, Washington University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Midwest Fashion Conference, Moore College, University of Illinois, Texworld, DG Expo, 92Y, Brooklyn Public Library, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s, Saint Louis Fashion Fund, FastTrac and American Association of Advertising Agencies.

She began her career in the advertising industry working on Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, KFC and Kellogg’s in account management in Chicago while employed at FCB and Leo Burnett upon graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Advertising at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

After spending time in the industry, Melissa moved to New York to start a career in fashion at Parsons the New School for Design where she received a degree in fashion design. Since then she has styled, produced events and has worked in sales.

Melissa has consulted for a variety of brands, retailers and organizations including Jim Thompson Fabrics, Taco Bell, Objekt International, Core Realty,  The Renaissance Hotel, Columbia University, The Garment District Alliance, Chromat, Masterclass Apparel, CitySource, Save The Garment Center, New York Fashion Made, Wear to Connect, Reali New York, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and many others.