Chip and Pepper. California surfer dude-esque designers Chip and Pepper have had—what else?—a denim and casual wear line at JcPenney since 2007, and while the offerings aren’t vast, the look and feel of the denim is akin to those high end lines junior-size girls often gravitate to, even when they’re budgets don’t support it. Meaning C7P is a viable, more affordable option—the prices, however, have climbed just a bit since the line’s launch, with most jeans retailing now for around $50.
Doo Ri. Okay, not actually a budget designer yet, but it’s all in the works as we reported last month on a Doo Ri Diffusion Line on the way. And we’re not even sure budget is the right word, with pricepoints ranging from $80-$475. But we’re willing to reserve judgement until the line actually debuts (which has been reported, in the typically vague fashion world, er, fashion—as “sometime” this year).
Zac Posen. Likewise, this one is in the process (see Zac Posen Poised to Tap the Budget Fashion Market?”">“Zac Posen Poised to Tap the Budget Fashion Market?”) . . . but Posen has confirmed that he’s working on a diffusion line of “lower priced collections”, to be preceded by a signature fragrance.