19 Latinx-Owned Sustainable & Ethical Fashion Brands
This Earth Month, we here at Huaywasi believe it’s important now more than ever to continue supporting Latinx brands making strides towards a sustainable future. Specifically, we want to focus on Latinx-owned sustainable fashion brands that are paving the way for a fair and inclusive fashion industry.
ALL FOR RAMON - Founded by Mexican-American sisters, Rocio Chavez and Diana Ibarria who are proud daughters of immigrants that are breaking barriers in the fashion industry. After witnessing first hand the amount of waste fashion creates, they felt compelled to make a change and are committed to eco-minded craftsmanship, ethical manufacturing, conservation of natural resources, and employee wellness.
BLOSSOM INSPIRATIONS - Founded on the idea of mutually benefiting everyone involved in the production process of their eco-friendly, fair trade products. They work directly with artisans in Mexico and Peru to produce products that positively impact the makers, wholesalers, retailers, consumers, and environment.
FRESA THRIFT - Online vintage shop run by born and raised Texas Chica, Anisa Gutierrez. Fresa Thrift offers fun curated vintage clothing, accessories, home decor, and more! Latina owned and operated, thrifting really runs through her veins.
GAY PRIDE APPAREL - Founded by Jesus and Sergio, Gay Pride Apparel is a first generation Mexican-American & LGBTQ+ owned brand focused on empowerment, pride, and authenticity for year-round pride. They are on a mission to create a community of proud humans by producing high quality & ethically-made products that represent almost all identities within the LGBTQ+ community.
GOLDEN PONIES - A slow fashion, made to order brand that creates sustainable luxury shoes, clothing, and accessories all made with vegan materials. Based in Guadalajara, Mexico, Golden Ponies does not have a warehouse or stock, they only manufacture what customers order and everything is crafted in small limited batches.
GRL COLLECTIVE - A Latina founded lifestyle brand that donates 20% of profits to fund girls education in India through their non-profit partners, The Sambhali Trust. GRL Collective designs all of their products and believes in ethical, sustainable, and fair-trade practices when it comes to manufacturing.
HIJA DE TU MADRE - Founded and designed by Patty Delgado, Hija de tu Madre celebrates the beautiful mess that is being Latina and Latinx with each product inspired by her cultural crossroads. Their goal is to create fashionable statements of identity that depict cultural intersection and is an ode to those who are unapologetically Latinx.
JEN ZEANO DESIGNS - JZD is a South Texas based lifestyle brand that believes in kindness, girl power, Latina magic, and celebrating every tiny victory. Their main goal is to create products that make you feel proud of who you are and advocate peace, love, and equality.
LATINA MADE NOT MAID - A registered 501(c) working towards changing stereotypes and celebrating diversity. Their mission is to globally educate and encourage everyone to positively share in the beauty of Latinx diversity by changing stereotypes, investing in education, and supporting the community.
PERALTA PROJECT - Founded and designed by first generation Dominican, M. Tony Peralta is a contemporary artist known for his fusion of pop art aesthetics, cultural iconography, and vibrant hues. Through screen printing, painting, and mixed media techniques, Peralta has paid homage to his heritage, showcased the stigma of Blackness in Dominican identity and tipped his hat to the golden age of hip-hop.
RAGGEDYTIFF - Founded by Jessica Resendiz who was born in Queretaro, Mexico, RAGGEDYTIFF is a brand bloomed by her Mexican roots. Specializing in apparel, accessories, stationary, and home decor, RAGGEDYTIFF is known for vibrant illustrations, sewing techniques, craftsmanship & exquisite one of a kind detailed pieces.
SALVAGE MARIA - Founded by Janeesa Maria and based in Los Angeles, Salvage Maria handmakes face masks, blankets, pet beds, and more. Maria, the mother of Janeesa, travels Mexico to source their traditional textiles and build direct relationships with artisans. Every scrap is used and saved for future inspiration, ensuring nothing goes to waste at Salvage Maria!
SELVA NEGRA - Rooted in the use of ethical practices and committed to ethically sourcing materials, transparency in production, and zero-waste packaging. Selva Negra is founded by Kristen Gonzalez and Sam Romero and they aim to express design through their Latina heritage.
SPANGLISH THREADZ - Founded by Ana and Mario who were inspired by their three kids, Spanglish Threadz is a family run business based in Texas. They design and print shirts with a unique way of incorporating characteristics of latinx culture with a funny little twist.
WASI CLOTHING - We’ve mentioned WASI Clothing before and we’ll continue mentioning them because WASI continues to be an amazing leader in the sustainable fashion industry. ‘Wasi’ is a Quechuan word that means ‘home’ (just like Huaywasi!) and WASI’s mission is to put Bolivian culture on the map as well as elevating and creating a safe home for people of color and allies to shop.
WOVEN FUTURES - A Latinx women-owned company based out of the United States and Guatemala that is on a mission to connect local artisans to the fashion industry and fight the toxic processes. Woven Futures is a slow fashion brand that celebrates Latin America’s artisans and vibrant textile culture through timeless designs that respect people and the planet.
Last but not least, we want to highlight our very own ethical fashion brand, Huaywasi: Handmade in Peru! Founded in 2016, Huaywasi (why-wasi) is an extension of the Light and Leadership Initiative and 100% of our profits are reinvested into LLI’s free community education programs in Huaycan, Peru. All products are handmade with love by female artisan partners in Huaycan and artisans are always paid fair wages, receive financial education, and work from the comfort of their own homes.