Growing up in fashion obsessed, we probably didn’t realize there was a problem with representation. We didn’t find it disturbing that there weren’t many designers with different last names. It was simply how it was. Since the dawn of time, glossy catwalks were a European design’s favorite game. One was often possible only if you were white, nepotistic, and a product or structure from fashion’s pump and dump system. The Latin identities were second to their American tendencies as Latin designers rose to international prominence in the 1980s and 1990s. Latinx designers are easily commodifiable and can be sold to a wider audience. They have a history of shrinking their culture and themselves to fit fashion’s most strict boxes.
Many young designers from Latin America have been taking their place at the table over the last few years. This has forced the fashion industry to change with them. The only problem was that glossy magazines and PR firms tended to focus on a few Latin designers who “made it” in the fashion industry. They chose to recognize established brands rather than emerging talents that showcased Latinx design.
Fashion changes and the names that push the boundaries of our cultural zeitgeist are changing with it. This forces us to be more aware of the marginalized communities that have been left behind. Look no further if you are looking for young designers that you can support by purchasing a bag or following them on social media.
Here are eight Latinx young designers that you should keep in mind.
- LUAR by Raul Lopes
Raul Lopez’s label LUAR reflects his Brooklyn upbringing. Lopez recently launched the Ana handbag, which is set to be the next It Bag.
- Gypsy Sport by Rio Uribe
Rio Uribe believes there are very few brands like Gypsy Sport. This brand is a perfect example of queer aesthetics fighting against colonial systems that uphold white supremacy and toxic masculinity. Gypsy Sport is a celebration and celebration of the strange and beautiful, a mix of spandex-wear and genderless athlesiure that makes everyone feel confident and sexy. Uribe’s designs will be on display at the Met’s “In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion” exhibit. You’ll see them around for many years.
- Sanchez-Kane by Barbara Sanchez-Kane
Sanchez-Kane’s menswear designs are based in Mexico and feature sculptural design and geometric prints. Her radical vision is expressed through bold silhouettes and stylistic cuts.
- Silues by Sebastian Ascencio
Silues, despite being headquartered in Rome is essentially Colombian. Sebastian Ascencio’s womenswear label is based in the grey area between protest and femininity. It uses textiles and garments to communicate a sensitive but violent state of mind. Deconstructed tulle is used to make elegant evening gowns.
- Simonett by Simonett Pereria
Simonett Pereria, a Venezuelan fashion designer, has been making waves in Miami for some time now with her viral knit sweater sleeves, and strappy, deconstructed designs.
- Collectiva Concepcion by Concepcion Orvananos
Mexico-based Collectiva Concepcion is a brand that uses the best materials and art. It relies on the spirit and talent of its countrymen to help it rise. The brand’s clothes are made by local artisans to honor the importance of the working class community.
- Annaiss Yucra by Annaiss Yucra Mancilla
Annaiss Yucra is a nod to the bright bubblegum world and plays into the nostalgia-obsessed crowd. With bold knitwear and colorful prints, the creations of this Peruvian designer feel straight out of a ’90s catalog. The brand’s signature look features heart prints, pastel pinks, and iridescent bubbles. It also takes a humorous approach to Peruvian culture.
- VELASQUEZ by Mateo Velasquez
Mateo Velasquez, founder of the self-titled brand is a Colombian native. His bold details transform menswear collections. VELASQUEZ is a strong believer in deconstruction and envisions a world where masculinity doesn’t have to be defined by perfect power suits. Instead, VELASQUEZ uses a punk aesthetic to empower queer men. Mixing patterns, motto accessories motifs, and form-fitting clothes is a bold vision that doesn’t conform to gender stereotypes.