Latinx fashion designers to have on your radar for 2022

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Growing up obsessed with fashion, I was too young to realize an industry-wide representation problem. The lack of designers with surnames just like mine didn’t affect me – that was it. From the beginning of time, glossy catwalks have been a game of European designers; one often only playable if you were white, nepotist and a product of the structure and tradition of fashion’s pump-and-dump system. As the 1980s and 1990s led to the rise of Latin designers on an international stage – Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Isabel Toledo come to mind: their Hispanic identities were second to their American tendencies. Easily commodifiable and marketable for an audience that may not be familiar with all the countries of South America, Latinx designer they have a long history of shrinking themselves and their culture to fit the stiffer boxes of fashion.

In recent years, several young emerging designers from Latin America have begun to take their seats at the table, forcing the fashion industry evolve with them. For so long, glossy magazines and PR firms have relied on a handful of Latin designers who had “caved in” the industry, choosing only to recognize safe, business-backed brands instead of up-and-coming talent highlighting the industry. Latinx design.

As fashion changes, the names pushing the boundaries In our current cultural zeitgeist it has changed with it, forcing us to pay attention to communities that have been excluded for so long. If you’re looking for young designers to support, buying a handbag or following up on social media, look no further.

Here, eight young Latin designers to keep an eye on.

Courtesy of LUAR.

LUAR by Raul Lopez

It strongly reflects his upbringing as a boy in Brooklyn, Raul Lopez’s label LUAR it is unrepentantly him. More recently, Lopez’s latest foray into ready-to-wear accessories included the Ana bag—A bag destined to become the next It Bag, with fans like Jane Fonda and Dua Lipa.

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Courtesy of Gypsy Sport.

gypsy sports by Rio Uribe

In the world of designer Rio Uribe, there are not many brands like gypsy sports—A pure reflection of the queer aesthetic working against a colonial system that supports white supremacy and toxic male chauvinism. Gyspy Sport feels like a celebration of the beautiful and the strange, a blend of genderless athlesiure and spandex clothing that allows every body to feel sexy and confident. Uribe’s designs are currently on display at the “In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion” exhibition at the Met, so you’re sure to see the label around for years to come.

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Courtesy of Sánchez-Kane.

Sánchez-Kane by Barbara Sánchez-Kane

Geometric prints and sculptural designs influence most of Sánchez-Kane‘s work, whose menswear designs helmet from Mexico. Her experimental vision, pushed by stylistic cuts and bold silhouettes, serves as a form of radical expression for discussing feminism and politics.

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Courtesy of Silués.

Silués from Sebastian Ascencio

Despite being based in Rome, Silués it is typically Colombian. The women’s clothing brand of Sebastián Ascencio lives in the gray zone between femininity and protest, using clothes and fabrics as a way to convey a sensitive, yet violent mood. The house’s latest collection features deconstructed tulle in the foreground, using the material to create cascading evening dresses.

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Courtesy of Simonetta.

Simonette by Simonett Pereria

This namesake label from the Venezuelan designer Simonette Pereria has been making a sensation in the Miami fashion scene for a while now, with her viral knitted sweater sleeves and strappy and deconstructed models that are a fan favorite of off-duty models.

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Courtesy of Collectiva Concepción.

Collectiva Concepción by Concepción Orvañanos

Conceptualized with the highest materials and art, based in Mexico Collectiva Concepción relies on the spirit of the country and its artisans to elevate itself.The simple silhouettes and muted color palettes prove versatile, with the brand’s garments created by local artisans in an effort to recognize the working class community as the backbone of the fashion industry.

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Courtesy of Annaiss Yucra.

Annaiss Yucra by Annaïss Yucra Mancilla

Serving as a hymn to a bright world of chewing gum, Annaiss Yucra plays the game of a generation obsessed with nostalgia. The Peruvian designer’s creations look like they were taken straight from a 90s catalog, with colorful prints and bold knitwear to make any inner child swoon. Prints of hearts, pastel pinks and iridescent bubbles make up the brand’s signature look, with a carefree approach to Peruvian culture and tradition.

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Courtesy of VELÁSQUEZ.

VELSQUEZ by Mateo Velásquez

The Colombian legacy of founder Mateo Velásquez is present throughout his work in his eponymous brand, with edgy details that transform menswear collections. With a strong focus on deconstruction, VELSQUEZ imagine a world where masculinity is not defined by immaculate power suits, but rather, a punk aesthetic meant to free queer men. Mixed motifs, motto accessory motifs and fitted garments present a bold vision, not defined by gender constructs or stereotypes.

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