I've never owned any independent designer outits, and here's the reason why:
Cherry Milk, Ginger Tea, TcDoLL and others only get licences to sell their anime-related doll accessories during various cons, which means that if you like them, you should either go to Japan and visit their booths at, say, Wonder Festival, or wait patiently until a second-hand outfit pops up at Yahoo! Japan Auction or Mandarake. I had to choose the second option, because I'm nowhere near Tokyo.
I'm not a big fan of idol games or series, but I can't resist marine theme in clothes. Ongaku De Tsumugi Dasu Sekai was love from the first sight.
This is a screenshot from the game:
The outfit has never appeared in Volks collection, but we're lucky to have Ginger Tea and her sewing magic! I ordered this outfit for my DD Exellen Browning to match her beautiful blue eyes.
The description says it fits bust M/L, but I had problems with buttoning it on L.
You can feel the clothes are handmade, but at the same time all these details, like the pattern on the skirt or the metal charms, seem even more impressive when you realize it's not mass production.
I think it's awesome to have an alternative to giants like Volks and Azone. Diversity is a good thing. Yet it's a pity that these outits are so hard - or sometimes even impossible - to get.