We’re willing to bet Carly Ann Beck was the only Diane Von Furstenberg employee who got her start on Capitol Hill. After burning out on politics (which we can all understand), she traded policy- for pattern-making, graduating from FIT with a degree in fashion merchandising. That earned her gigs with DVF, Yael Afalo pre-Reformation, and Steven Alan, where she did a stint as a brand manager. There she realized how dang hard it was to find affordably priced bags, and she co-created a New York-based line called Sedgwick with childhood friend Ashley Baker to solve for that.

In 2012—a few years and a move to Los Angeles later—Carly branched off on her own and launched C.A.B., which includes structured duffels and boxy crossbodys, in hues like tomato red and turquoise-y green that rotate out monthly instead of seasonally. “I like to start with one color that I’m really feeling and then add five more colors that compliment it, telling a new story each month,” explains Carly. “I didn’t like having to produce for spring, fall, etc.—I love to make changes all the time,” says Carly. —lindsay o'rourke