The 14 Latino Designers Everyone Will Be Wearing Soon
When Latin America comes to mind, we're sure the first things that pop in your head are irresistible food, joyful rhythmic music, and beautiful scenery, but soon, fashion will be added to that list, with a few uniquely creative designers making a name for themselves.
The colorful diversity and rich history of Latin America is showcased in the art and costume of the area — and we love seeing how Latin designers are drawing inspiration from their native countries to share their culture with the rest of the world. From elegant and powerful clothes to essential accessories in bright colors, these designs are seriously lustworthy. Keep reading to learn more about the 14 designers who are bound to take over the fashion world — and shop some of our favorite pieces, too.
For Karla Martinez and Cecilia de Sola, the goal was to create luxe loungewear that was comfortable yet elegant, and Piamita's polished designs have managed to achieve that goal and much more. Their beautifully printed pieces can easily be worn from day to night. With designs like this, looks like we're going to give the pajama trend a try!
One look at Colombian Mercedes Salazar's handmade jewelry and you'll be obsessed with her use of colorful jewels and dangling tassels. Despite the large size of her jewelry, Salazar's pieces are really versatile. You can easily pair her statement earrings with a t-shirt and jeans or go all out and wear them with a sexy dress for date night.
Johanna Ortiz's woman is elegant, feminine, and powerful. Ortiz studied fashion design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale before starting her eponymous line. For her latest collection, the designer played with the idea of a journey along southwestern Spain, but she still managed to incorporate the romantic motifs of her native Colombia.
Living bewteen France and Colombia, Lucia Bueno-Mallarino brings Parisian flair to her sophisticated designs. Her jewelry line, Mallarino, consists of pieces made with unique techniques that make her pieces one of a kind. Her decorative earrings, necklaces, and bracelets will easily become pieces that are passed on from generation to generation.
Freda Salvador was born when Cristina Palomo-Nelson and Megan Papay combined their backgrounds in shoe construction and design. A career in footwear made sense for Palomo-Nelson, who grew up in her family's shoe factory in El Salvador. The San Francisco-based brand is now known for its high-quality leather designs that are worn by style icons like Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules.
Although Pepa Pombo first launched her line in 1978, in 2002 she passed the torch to her daughter, Mónica Holguín, when she named her as designer and creative director. Holguín has managed to stay consistent to the brand's DNA while still bringing in new shapes and colors.
Sandra Lorena Patiño combined her love for anthropology and fashion to create a brand that celebrated her native Colombia's indigenious culture. FURA+TENA, inspired by the creation story of the Muzos tribe, translates to woman and man. Patiño works with local artisans to create bucket totes and jewelry that are both bold and ornate, to showcase their traditions and art.
Lina Gutierrez brings elements of her Latin culture into each design of her luxury footwear brand, Carmelinas. She aims to make shoes that match her eclectic yet refined aesthetic. We can see us wearing her low-key pieces from weekday to weekend!
Danielle Corona, a Miami native of Cuban descent, started Hunting Season to contrast an industry that was oversaturated with logos and complicated designs. Her handbags are meant to highlight unique features and details, while maintaining her minimal aesthetic. Any piece from her collection can instantly dress up an outfit.
Benito Santos gained the world's attention when Mexico's Ximena Navarrete was crowned as the 2010 Miss Universe in one of his designs. Santos now focuses on his bridal and ready-to-wear collections that are intricately constructed, paying attention to every single detail.
Lucia Echavarria is the designer behind Magnetic Midnight, a brand known for its crafty tiaras and headbands. Her designs playfully celebrate famous Latin American motifs. While her pieces can be worn every day by those who are into avant-garde fashion, we can totally see these at music festivals.
Brazilian-designer, Gabriela Braga, played with imaginative graphic prints and jacquard knits in her latest Gabrielab collection at Vancouver Fashion Week. Her loud and proud designs even have us thinking she might be the next Jeremy Scott.
Gabriela Goldbaum set out to preserve Ecuadorian culture and the history of the Panama hat with her brand, Valdez. Her hats are made out of natural materials found in the Amazon jungle and the Andes, while featuring tightly woven prints and colorful embellishments.
Mola Sasa features the fabric-layering techniques of the Kuna or Guna indigenous communities of Panama and Colombia. It's said the more layers, the more fine the piece is considered. We love the hypnotizing patterned bracelets, making them the perfect statement piece in any arm party.