A goal of mine for the coming year is to practice intentional buying. To invest in items that are made to last, gentle to the earth, were made in safe working conditions and support WOC companies. I reached out to my friend Jacqueline Rodriguez, who is a major advocate for sustainable fashion. Jackie being the sustainable fashion guru, helped me compile a list of Sustainable Latina-Owned Brands. I added a few items from Lush even though they aren’t a Latina owned company. I am a fan of their naked products and have a few items on my Christmas list. For whomever you are shopping for this year, make smart and intentional choices and keep in mind some of these items are priced high, and you probably can find something similar for a fraction of the price, but cheap items aren’t made to last. The goal is to invest in items that you can rewear and keep for the long run. You will find a broad price range in this gift guide and you’ll be supporting incredible women behind the brand!
Yo So Afro Latina: promoting the visibility of the Black Diaspora within Latin America and the Caribbean, spreads love to fellow Afro Latinas and celebrates our beautifully diverse culture.
Wear Proclaim: The founder, Shobha Philips, started Proclaim because she was incredibly tired of never being able to find a “nude” that matched her brown skin tone. Proclaim’s unique, cut-out bra designs is the super soft fabric, and made from 100% post-consumer plastic water bottles
Selva Negra: a Los Angeles-based brand combining a tomboy feel with bold feminine identity into their classic pieces. Founded by designers Kristen Gonzalez and Sam Romero, the brand is influenced by their Latina heritage
Wasi Clothing: a one-woman business founded by Bolivian-American designer, Vanessa Acosta. Vanessa aims to put Bolivian culture in the spotlight and create clothing that inclusive of all sizes, ethnicities, skin tones and genders.
Simonette: committed to dressing the modern woman without losing sight of the planet and the people who make their clothes.
The Line By K originated when fashion blogger-turned-designer, Karla Deras, felt the need to share her personal designs with other women. Ethically made in Los Angeles, The Line By K offers elevated basics, crafted from premium textiles with distinctive details, made to accentuate the female figure.
Lush: No packaging, no problem. Lush has set the bar by giving us the best of the best with zero packaging. Five essentials we need on the daily, with zero waste.
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