We’ve always got our eyes peeled for the next big names and how they’re beating the odds. We recently visited fashion expo Coterie, a three-day tradeshow in New York, featuring everything from ready-to-wear to accessories to shoes that draws buyers from department stores and boutiques stocking up for upcoming seasons. This event helped launch big names like Juicy Couture and Kate Spade so we visited the TMRW Lounge, a special space for emerging talent. We wanted to meet the creative minds behind the latest lines, to find out what obstacles they’re facing and how they’re overcoming them. Take a look at their lessons learned.