We at HipLatina love fashion and appreciate the beautiful diversity in Latin American style and so do these amazing Latina designers. Valentino and Chanel get plenty of love worldwide but there’s still progress to be made in shining a light on the truly unique and creative designs made by women from throughout Latin America. There’s Salvadorian-American Johana Hernandez, a Los Angeles native who launched luxury gown line Glaudi and Carolina Kleinman, an Argentinian-American who is dedicated to showcasing fashion from throughout Latin America. Read on to discover the work these jefas are doing and many are supporting artisans in LATAM to preserve ancient sartorial traditions and techniques.
Mexican fashion designer Nadia Manjarrez is a product development manager for Flor et.al and making a name for herself in the fashion world. While creating contemporary evening wear, Manjarrez always keeps Latina curves in mind. Her latest project will be a bridal line launching in October where all gowns will be handcrafted in Mexico.
Johana Hernandez is a Salvadorian-American fashion designer and Los Angeles native who launched Glaudi, a brand that focuses on evening gowns and mens suits in Beverly Hills. Hernandez is known for making custom pieces for celebrities such as Serena Williams, Bella Thorne, Paulina Rubio, and Gloria Trevi. In addition to her luxury wear, Johana Hernandez also designs couture bridal gowns and dresses for quinceañeras.
Silvia Tcherassi is a Colombian designer who began her career as an interior designer that then led her to fashion design. In 2004, Tcherassi was honored with one of France’s highest honors, Chavelier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) for her contributions to the fashion world. She has since then launched an accessories collection during Paris Fashion Week.
Representing Caracas is the Venezuelan fashion designer Monica Sordo. Inspired by her mother’s creativity and her family’s heritage, Sordo started designing custom jewelry that valued ancient Latin American traditions. She has been working with Peruvian artisans to create timeless pieces that represent the people of her country. Each piece makes a bold statement with its colors and shapes that are found all throughout Latin America.
Miami resident Carolina Kleinman is a Argentinian-American designer who created a lifestyle brand that combines the artisanal work of different cultures in Latin America. Her designs are perfect for anyone and any home – they’re whimsical, sustainable, and unique. Before focusing on home decor, Kleinman designed clothing that was hand-crafted from Latinx artisans and swimwear that was made from recycled materials to preserve marine life. Her newest home decor products include ottomans, pillows, and much more!
Colombian fashion designer Monika Silva is another Latina who has made a name in the fashion world. Her clothing line Gauge81 launched in 2019 and has been growing ever since. Her love for knitwear influenced her collection – it’s simple, feminine, and clean. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Silva said the Latinx culture is a “fun, colorful culture, where there’s a lot of celebrating” and that is a big part of her brand.
Bogotá, Colombia native Daniela Bahamon designs clothing with a combination of Latinx flavor and Parisian charm. Her pieces are designed in Paris and actually made in Colombia for women and she also has a bridal collection. Inspired by her Latin roots (she was born in Bogotá and grew up in Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Colombia) she founded Maison Alma to celebrate the culture that shaped her style: “I carry Latin America with me always,” it says on their website. Every garment is made BY HAND by an artisan in Latin America, as are their accessories in order to preserve these ancient traditions.
Huguette Hubard and Concepcion Orvananos
Mexican designer Concepcion Orvananos founded Collectiva Concepcion, alongside creative director Huguette Hubard. In addition to fashion design, Orvananos also created footwear and has a staff of about 90 percent Latinas. They work with artisans in over forty rural communities throughout Mexico and it’s working to be the first socially conscious, accessible luxury brand rooted in Mexican design.
Aline Diaz G
Mexican-American designers Aline Diaz G was inspired by her parents to found clothing line Esant in 2016. “I am a faithful lover of women. I think they are a perfect creation in this world. Dressing them to fulfill a specific or general purpose in life is a privilege and something that I value very much,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.