From the Perfect Denim to Everyday Accessories, These Latinx Fashion Brands Have It All
We all have those tried and true household fashion brands we love to shop, but if diving into the interwebs as a fashion editor or even simply as a fashion enthusiast teaches you anything, it's that there are a wealth of smaller or new brands to discover. When you find them, they're oftentimes so good, they're just begging to be shared. The unfortunate nature of the fashion industry is that small brands and minority-owned brands often go hand in hand due to the lack of exposure for them. But underexposure (which we're here to change) is not to be confused with lesser quality — in fact, there's a long list of Latinx-owned fashion brands you shouldn't go another day without knowing.
While it may be Latinx Heritage Month, brands helmed by brown creatives deserve a spot in your regular shopping rotation. Just like any other fashion brand you love, they've earned it with their trendy and simultaneously unique designs. Often consisting of pieces handmade in the designer's home country or including references from their culture, many of these brands are known for their intricate details such as weaving and embroidery. Eager to see? We hope so.
Ahead, we've rounded up 27 Latinx brands for you to shop now. We're pretty sure you'll be hooked once you do.
Past Midnight The Label masters the art of basics with a twist. Should you find yourself in need of a chunky, off-kilter band, complete with artfully uneven edges or twisted details, you've come to the right place. Plus, the brand has even figured out how to make a halter top out of a necklace (cue the "oohs" and "ahhs"). If you're feeling particularly fancy, the brand does offer 14k solid gold fine jewelry as well, which it can have made to order in three weeks just for you.
Shop: Bella Chunky Hoops ($78)
Thrifts + Threads
A former immigration lawyer turned designer, Gabriela Prendes launched Thrifts + Threads amid the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritizing slow fashion practices and giving back to her home country, Mexico, by creating jobs for women in impoverished communities. The brand has already found fans in models and the like, with trendsetters such as Hailey Bieber taking an interest. Its signature handmade designs include fringed dresses and knit pants and skirts with a shredded-like finish, done in mostly neutral tones. Hashtag aesthetics, please.
Shop: Alaia Pants + Top ($450)
No doubt you've seen Femme LA on the heels of every trendy celeb from Jennifer Lopez to Hailey Beiber and Lori Harvey, and it's easy to see why the brand's shoes are a fan favorite among some of the world's most glamorous. They are sleek and come in more colors than any one person could ever need, and the brand's vegan leather is luxuriously supple. Headed by Colombian, Russian, and Dominican self-taught designer Janis Tello, the brand owns and operates small factories to combat fast-fashion-induced waste and sweatshops.
Shop: Azúcar Slipper in Iguana ($189)
At Delafuente, denim is made fun again. Yes, it's actually possible. Made in Los Angeles, the brand carries everything from relaxed cropped tees to perfectly distressed denim jeans and jackets. The end result, if dressed in the brand head to toe, is that effortless Californian edge.
Shop: Split Boyfriend Jeans ($156, originally $195)
Stephany Sensi launched her namesake line, Sensi Studio, in 2001 first as a hat and handbag line. Now, you'll come for the artisan-made genuine panama hats and other woven creations, but you'll stay for the brand's resort line, which later launched in 2014. For your next trip, or for literally just any reason, you can grab a long-brim hat, a straw bucket bag, and a breezy two-piece button-down set all from the same place.
Shop: Maxi Canasta With Leather ($366)
A Lot Studio
If you're a fan of funky knitwear (and aren't we all?), then you'll love the Colombian-owned brand A Lot Studio. With the philosophy of creating fashion products out of art, the first things you'll notice about the brand are its innovative prints, which are actually created in collaboration with young contemporary artists. For the color-loving fashion enthusiast, you'll find a wealth of unisex crewnecks and sweater vests, most of which are made from acrylic wool, finished in designs such as geometric shapes or enlarged flower motifs.
Shop: Appel Sweater ($130)
Soraya Hennessy forgoes factory work, allowing its artisans, women of the Wayuu tribe, to work from the comfort of their homes, simultaneously introducing the world to the Wayuu women's traditional techniques and helping to advance the economic rights of women of the tribe with each sale. The Venezuelan-owned brand does a weaved bag like no other, in everything from everyday neutral to adorable pastel shades and poppy prints such as leopard or hearts.
Shop: Pastel Blue Seashell Clutch ($230)
Imagine a brand where you can shop all your resort and swimwear needs in one swoop, and you've got yourself a picture of Sanlier. Designing with the modern woman in mind, the brand's swimsuits are some of the most fashion-forward you'll find, complete with balloon and ruffle-capped sleeves and high-waisted bottom options. You'll also find a wealth of styles in its resort wear section, from asymmetric midi skirts to shorts with built-in statement belts.
Shop: Nayarit Dress ($230)
Calling all shoe-lovers. And we do mean *all* shoe-lovers, as there's something for everyone at Argentinian-owned brand Vicson, from luxe cowboy boots to the brand's signature padded mule and more booties and sandals in between. But there's more. You'll also find must haves such as fedora hats and studded leather jackets, perfect for the fashionista who wants to explore their wild, edgy side.
Shop: Kirby Brown Boots ($325)
The Gauge81 fan loves minimalism with a hint of edge and bold color every now and then. Founded by Colombian designer Monika Silva Michelsen, who began her career in corporate advertising before unexpectedly pivoting to fashion, the brand is known for proportion play and merging the worlds of day and nighttime wear. Having already been dubbed a cool-girl must, its styles have been donned by Emily Ratajkowski, Selena Gomez, and more.
Shop: Avila Short Racer Front Mini Dress ($406)
Warning: if you're headed to Kristian Lorén, come looking for a statement. Designer Kristian Lorén Lopez wanted to create a brand women could wear as an outlet of sexual expression, which its designs offer in a subdued, elevated way. Chock-full of metallics, there are flirty midi skirts, high-slit midis, and a number of nighttime blazers you can try wearing sans undershirt.
Shop: The Queen's Robe ($575)
You may already know Mexican-American content creator Desi Perkins as the influencer who took the YouTube beauty world by storm, but the next step in her building came with sunglasses brand Dezi in 2020. As expected, the brand feels like quintessential Perkins, who's become a bit of a style icon herself. Get ready to build your sunnies collection with angular shapes, oversize lenses, every nude shade you could want, and splashes of color.
Shop: On Read Limited Edition ($65)
With a seamless, double-lined structure, Nessy Swimwear's bikinis are made to last. The 18-year-old designer decided to offer both classic and timely, trendy bikini styles, so you can shop according to your needs and mood, each of her designs offering a fun-loving, bright-hued print to choose from. Can you say "Instagramable"?
Agua by Agua Bendita
The sister brand to Agua Bendita, Colombia-born cofounders Mariana Hinestroza and Catalina Alvarez created Agua by Agua Bendita as a tribute to Latin America's "culture, biodiversity and master artisanship." The resort and swimwear brand uses natural fibers to create its garments, and its swimwear specifically is made from reclaimed polyester acquired from recycled water bottles. All this is done without sacrificing style, of course — the brand carries the most sunset-watching-approved maxi dresses you'll ever find; ultrafeminine, almost vintage-reminiscent bikinis; and pareos you won't want to take off.
Shop: Nadine One-Piece ($160)
Michelle Daccarett's handbags are truly innovative, housing structured materials such as wood to create their shape and often woven metallic and nylon strands to create a cage-like design, its materials hand carved and painted at the brand's workshop. Designer Michelle Daccarett pulls from her blended heritage, incorporating both Colombian and Arab references when developing her designs, and you're left with one-of-a-kind, colorful bags that are sure to garner compliments with every single wear.
Shop: Peony ($208)
Return to Sender
Los Angeles-based brand Return to Sender is *the* effortlessly cool contemporary style you've been looking for. The brand excels in elevated basics, creating dramatic silhouettes out of once-ordinary shapes. From dresses you can wear anywhere, from dates to a day at the farmers' market, to bucket hats you can pair with a tee and straight-leg jeans, it's impossible to leave the brand's site disappointed.
Shop: The Full Sleeve Dress ($195)
Preserving artisanal traditions is at the core of Miami-based brand Carolina K. and its signature hand-embroidered details, created by artisan communities in Latin America. Characterized by relaxed, billowy shapes, Carolina K.'s designs are the kind you want to go to on zero-effort days when you still want to look done up, when you want to look intentionally romantic, or anywhere in between. And it'll get the job done every time.
Shop: Kuna Dress ($408, originally $510)
Swimwear, beachwear (that you can wear even without the beach), and activewear (that you can wear even without the gym) — Capittana, meaning "female captain," is the definition of a one-stop shop. Founded by Peruvian brothers Raffaella and Stefano, the brand offers up everyday two-piece sets, cutout dresses, lounge-worthy crewnecks, and just about the cutest one-piece swimsuits ever.
Shop: Lubus Multicolor Swimsuit ($189)
Peixoto may call its clothing resort wear, but its pieces are truly worth the snag even without a vacation booked if you live anywhere prone to warm weather. Self-described as the crossing point between "the tiny style that reveals too much and overly large briefs that often conceals feminine beauty," the brand has plenty of cheeky shorts sets, tube tops, and minidresses to build an entirely new wardrobe you'll want to live in.
Shop: Nina Smocked Top ($29, originally $98)
This isn't a drill: Gladys Tamez's hats are the It accessory of the season, especially, and its roster of celebrity fans — Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Lady Gaga, and more — have already called it. Not to be fooled — you don't need full-on performance-wear getup to rock the brand's accessories, only a knack for making a statement. From there, the brand's sassy fedoras and cowboy hats are enough to make you feel paparazzi ready.
Shop: Marianne ($620)
Led by stylist Karen Sanchez, Second Wind launched amid the pandemic in 2020 with masks that made safety precautions feel like fashion and has since progressed to include jewelry (herringbone chains, baby hoop earrings, and more) and fedora hats. The brand hasn't deviated from its initial mission of offering masks, and with detachable chain details for both style and convenience, they too also begin to feel like a jewelry piece.
Shop: The Tina Cotton Twill Mask in Pink ($45)
Sustainability is a top priority at Los Angeles-based premium denim brand Etica, and the numbers prove it. Through improved washing techniques and environmentally friendly sourcing, the brand says it reduces water usage by 90 percent, energy consumption by 63 percent, and chemical usage by 70 percent. Now that's sustainable — and transparent. We don't even have to tell you that the brand's styles are both Earth friendly *and* stylish. Whether you're on the hunt for a denim midi skirt, new flared jeans, or just a really cozy sweatshirt dress, the brand has got you covered.
Shop: Celeste Wide Leg Jumpsuit ($218)
RebDolls has been committed to its tag line "sexy for all" for years. Offering just about anything you could be on the hunt for — trench coats, leggings, cropped cardigans, and jumpsuits — the brand offers sizes small through 5x. The brand promises an extended size range for all of its items rather than just some, creating a much-needed space where curvier bodies are no longer an afterthought.
Little Words Project
Little Words Project is here to feed all your crafts and DIY accessories cravings. The brand carries an array of uplifting bracelets made of colorful, beaded stones and small block letters, displaying phrases such as "make magic," "be happy," and "good energy." For those feeling creative, there's a custom option, too. Just choose your stone color and some really cool text, and add to cart.
Shop: @Vivianeaudi Ride or Die ($25)
Daniela Uribe is unarguably one of the sexiest shoe brands on the market. The brand's heels include instantly recognizable sculptural shapes, all done in vivid color, just asking to be worn with your favorite minidress or power suit. Even better, the line comes complete with an exclusive size range up to an Italian 45.
Shop: Love Yourself Pump ($695)
One could argue that perfecting one thing makes for the utmost quality, and that's exactly the path siblings Andrea and Edouard Leret took with Leret Leret, the New York-based brand that specializes only in unisex crewnecks. As such, the brand is a total dream for the fall season. Contrary to what one might think, your options at Leret Leret feel limitless, as the prints and colors used vary so widely. With each style limited edition and made from 100 percent cashmere, before you know it, you'll find yourself with a sweater for every day of the week.
Shop: No. 06 ($575)
House of Jewels Miami
Cuban designer Jianni Acosta began House of Jewels Miami as a side hustle but was eventually able to quit her corporate finance job and follow her dream. The brand's designs are Instagram-worthy and trendy but classic and forever wearable. There are styles for the hyperminimalist, such as the Luxe Textured Rope Chain; for the more risk-prone, such as the Demi Double Hoops; and everything in between.
Shop: Diamante Huggies ($36)