In November of 2005, native New Yorker Irini Arakas left her job as a Vogue fashion writer to work full-time on her burgeoning accessories label, PROVA. At that time, PROVA’s debut line of jewelry had just sold out at Barneys for the third time, and numerous stores and magazines were asking Arakas what she was planning for the following season. Today, PROVA is carried in 22 stores worldwide, including Kirna Zabete, Ikram, and Colette; and it has been featured in WWD, Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and T Magazine. The line has also expanded from jewelry into scarves, with the fringed, triangular “Sandinistas” (inspired by Clash frontman Joe Strummer), proving particularly popular: they have been seen in the front row of various fashion shows, and have been worn by the First Lady everywhere from Hawaii to Paris. Prova scarves are all hand-sewn in New York City’s garment district. Arakas was also the 2009 winner of the prestigious Ecco Domani award for Accessory Design. Previous winners include Justin Giunta for Subversive and Monique Pean.