I am a big fan of elegant minimal pieces (as my clients are familiar with my Vince obsession.) Naturally, when browsing online at one of my favorite local stores, Kickpleat, I gravitated towards a particular brand Brochu Walker.
Turns out Lisa Brochu designed at Joie, while Lauren Walker worked at both Splendid and James Perse. Together they create classic pieces with a great ease to them. Read more about them at http://www.facebook.com/brochuwalker.