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Part of what makes fashion so fun is discovering new designers and trying new styles and trends each season. If you’ve been wearing the same uniform day in and day out, it’s time to mix things up.
To help you do just that, we compiled a bunch of incredible Latinx-owned fashion brands that need to be on your radar. Whether you’re looking for clothing or accessories or you have a lot to spend or just a little, these brands are worth a purchase whenever you’re doing a closet update. Get to know some of our favorite Latinx-owned fashion brands below.
Founder: Carolina Herrera
About the Brand: Carolina Herrera is a Venezuelan American fashion designer who has dressed the likes of Jacqueline Onassis and Michelle Obama. While she offers luxury, ready-to-wear clothing on her website, her eponymous brand also sells accessories, shoes, jewelry and leather goods.
Founder: Cristina Rose-Guizar
About the Brand: Centinelle is a California-based, BIPOC, woman-owned slow fashion brand that creates artwork illustrations on scarves, homeware, loungewear and hair accessories. The brand's founder, Cristina Rose-Guizar, illustrates her artwork by drawing on influences from her Mexican heritage, Northern California roots, obsession with Japan (their words), love for animals and the simple pleasures of life.
Flor de Maria
Founder: Flor de Maria Rivera
About the Brand: Flor de Maria Rivera (the founder) was born in Peru and migrated with her family to the United States at the age of 14. Rivera decided to launch her footwear brand, Flor De Maria, after she spent years on the hunt for the perfect pair of shoes. Today, you can shop a mix of sandals, pumps, mules and boots on the website.
Founder: Gabriela Hearst
About the Brand: Born and raised on her family ranch in Uruguay, Gabriela Hearst now designs high-end, luxury, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories sold at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Her handbags are especially covetable; they are produced in limited quantities and only available by special order.
Isabella Springmuhl Tejada
Founder: Isabella Springmuhl Tejada
About the Brand: Isabella Springmuhl Tejada is a Guatemalan fashion designer. She has had her work showcased around the world, including at the International Fashion Showcase of London Fashion Week in 2016. That same year, she was voted onto the BBC's 100 Women list.
Founder: Johanna Ortiz
About the Brand: Latin American fashion designer Johanna Ortiz is known for her vacation-ready clothes and accessories. She has famously collaborated with H&M, and her luxury designs are sold at Neiman Marcus, Intermix, Saks Fifth Avenue and more.
Founder: Valeria del Rey
About the Brand: La Gotta is on a mission to redefine the swimwear narrative, one outfit at a time. Each swimsuit is designed to enhance one's beauty through creative designs. The brand's goal is to cultivate one-of-a-kind sustainable pieces that express female individuality.
Founder: Monica Sordo
About the Brand: To say Monica Sordo's jewelry is like wearable art is not an exaggeration. Each piece is stunning, taking inspiration from the many places the designer has spent time. Born in Venezuela, having worked in New York City and traveled throughout Perú, Sordo's designs are timeless treasures you'll love and admire for years to come.
Founder: Nancy Gonzalez
About the Brand: Nancy Gonzalez is a Colombian-born handbag designer that debuted her first collection in the United States in 1998. Her beautiful pieces utilize vibrant colors and exotic materials such as calfskin and crocodile. Shoppers can purchase her bags on the brand's website or at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Founder: Narciso Rodriguez
About the Brand: Known for elevated styles and sleek silhouettes, Narciso Rodriguez rose to prominence after designing the wedding dress that Carolyn Bessette wore for her marriage to John F. Kennedy, Jr. Today, the brand is worn by the fashion elite, including politicians, celebrities and global influencers.
Founder: Pepa Pombo
About the Brand: When it comes to stunning knitwear, Pepa Pombo never misses. Founded by Colombian designer Pepa Pombo, the brand is a bright and colorful collection of sweaters, dresses, jumpsuits and more for women, plus coordinating miniature designs for little girls.
Port de Bras
Founder: Clarissa Egaña
About the Brand: Port de Bras is the definition of athleisure with style. The brand specializes in everything from bodysuits to crop tops, jumpsuits and jackets that help make working out a lot less stressful and a lot more chic. In addition to buying pieces directly from the brand, you can also shop Port de Bras at Saks Fifth Avenue, Carbon 38 and Neiman Marcus.
Founders: Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough
About the Brand: Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough met at Parsons School of Design in New York, and their senior thesis project became Proenza Schouler's first collection. The luxury, Latinx-founded womenswear brand has won five CFDA awards for its designs.
Founder: Silvia Tcherassi
About the Brand: Colombian designer Silvia Tcherassi was a known trailblazer in Latin American couture and made the historic switch from interior design to fashion. She became the first Latin American designer to be invited to Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks. All of her designs are made in Colombia, with a specific concentration on sustainability. The Latinx-owned fashion brand’s motto is “effortless elegance.” Shop her designs on silviatcherassi.com or at Moda Operandi.
Zero + Maria Cornejo
Founder: Maria Cornejo
About the Brand: Zero + Maria Cornejo is a Latinx-owned fashion brand designed and made in New York. The brand is known for its modern yet timeless designs and is sold at more than 70 stores worldwide, including Bergdorf Goodman and 11 Honoré.
Contributors: Ellie Conley, Moriba Cummings, Jeanine Edwards, Julia Webb
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