18 Latinx-Owned Brands Making Travel Gear We Love
I’m a big fan of the brand’s leather bags, they’re functional, chic and well made. When I first used Cuyana’s Leather Mini Backpack, I was immediately impressed with the quality. I could tell it was a piece I would use for years and its style is timeless. I recently used the Classic Easy Tote for flights and overnight stays to store a ton of items like my reusable water bottle, snacks, and travel makeup bag. If I want to be a little more organized on the go, it’s easy to throw in the little tote bag when needed. —Meaghan Kenny, Associate Business Writer
If my goal is to blend makeup smoothly onto my skin, Beautyblender’s spongy pear-shaped applicator sponges are right behind my actual hands. I’m not alone either. To date, over 6.5 million Beautyblenders have been sold. The product was created when Rea Ann Silva was working on set as a makeup artist for the TV series girlfriends-she shaped it to avoid the inconveniences of working with an airbrush. The Beautyblender brand also sells other products including makeup, cleansers and brushes, but this one remains my favorite. It’s really hard to have too many. —Alex Erdekian, Travel Reservations Editor
Founded by Swedish Latina Babba C. Rivera, Ceremonia is a clean hair care brand inspired by the beauty rituals of the Latinx community. The first product I tried was the bestselling scalp oil, Aceite by Moska. The signature guava scent is deliciously addictive — not to mention it makes my hair look healthier than it has in years — so I quickly settled on the brand’s shampoo and conditioner. Me, with many of my friends at Traveler, swear by the Guava Rescue Spray. It’s a detangler with UV and heat protection that’s been a lifesaver both before and after surf lessons this summer. —Mercedes Bleth, Global Associate Director of Social
Peruvian brand Capittana, run by a brother-and-sister duo, creates the exact types of pieces you want to take on a tropical vacation – bikinis, cover-ups, loungewear – most of which are hand-knit or team-crocheted of women. All to say, they are gorgeous, and few parts are exactly the same. Capittana is stocked by a number of US stores: find colorful, crocheted bikinis at Urban Outfitters, knit cover-up maxi skirts and pants at Bloomingdale’s, and a mix of resort wear at Intermix. Just be prepared for people to constantly ask you about your outfit at the hotel pool. -MRS
For on-trend dresses that will make a splash on vacation, look no further than Farm Rio. The Rio de Janeiro-based brand makes fabulous dresses, jumpsuits and two-piece sets in bright colors with effortlessly fun prints – think playful repeating hearts, wildlife and animal patterns and lots of florals. In 1997, the founders set out to create a clothing line that embodied the feminine spirit and vibrant colors of Rio, and in the more than two decades since they’ve built a cult brand that’s sold online, in its own boutiques across Brazil and in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Paris, and at Nordstrom. —MF
Selva Negra, founded by Mexican and Filipina American Kristen Gonzalez, makes the kind of clothes I always dream of wearing on my travels. Imagine flowing jumpsuits, linen dresses, ribbed cotton tank tops, floaty drawstring shorts and more, all made in durable fabrics and soothing colorways (many styles also range from XS to 4XL). You can shop Selva Negra on its website, and select pieces, like the dreamy hibiscus pink linen pants and jacket, are also available from Madewell. -MRS
I stumbled across Wray like I do with most exciting new brands: while scrolling through my Instagram feed. Named after founder Wray Serna, Wray has quickly gained influence for its sustainable and inclusive designs (XXS – 6XL), ethical practices and range of bold prints and vibrant colors that remain in continuous rotation. I’ve bought a few pieces over the past year, but my favorite purchase has been the Tillmans long sleeve dress – it’s become a go-to option for work and parties. —Lale Arikoglu, Editor of Articles
Carla Fernández’s eponymous label is one of Mexico’s coolest, creating everything from tunics to jumpsuits to leather handbags, often with bold details like macro prints or bright tassels. His North Star “preserves and revitalizes the textile heritage of Mexico’s indigenous and mestizo communities.” She sells her stuff online, but I suggest you stop by one of her boutiques in Mexico City or her outpost in Mérida. Seeing the details of his IRL creations makes the price quite understandable. (The shops themselves are also gorgeous.) —MS
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With a mission to preserve the ancestral skills and lifestyle of rural Mexican artisans, Concepción Orvañanos launched Collectiva Concepción in 2019, a luxury womenswear brand rooted in slow fashion. Orvañanos and chief designer Huguette Hubard collaborate with more than 230 artisans from 40 rural communities like the Poconichim community in Chiapas, a southern Mexican state bordering Guatemala, and the Mazahua communities in Michoacán to create the brand’s line of pieces woven cotton fabrics, some of which feature pre-Hispanic design techniques. The result is a line of collectibles like the Luciana cotton dress made by the Venustiano Carranza community, also in Chiapas.
After working in luxury for more than 10 years and being appalled by the pollution of the environment and the exploitation of workers by the industry, Francesca Canepa launched Port Zienna in July 2017 with the desire to offer an environment healthy work, stable income and flexibility to employees. Born in Lima, the designer uses Peruvian fibers like organic cotton and baby alpaca, two sustainable fabrics that minimize the carbon footprint of her line, to create her New York ready-to-wear brand. Inspired by the runway’s haute couture draping tradition, one of the designer’s favorite pieces is the Maria shirt, a minimalist collared blouse that’s comfortable enough to travel in and made from cupro, a type of rayon, and organic cotton.
New York-based Puerto Rican designer Luiny Rivera left the Caribbean nearly 10 years ago to pursue her career as an artist. She began experimenting with jewelry design while working in fashion retail, where she used scraps through broken accessories, turning them into original new designs. A blend of contemporary and eclectic styles inspired by ornamental art from around the world, its eponymous line tells the story of Puerto Rico through its vibrant colors and undulating shapes evoking the land and sea of the island. Like a sculptor, she hand sculpts most of her pieces from wax and uses a casting process to craft pieces like her line of rings named after some of her favorite artists: Mondrian, Hilma and Krasner.
Yasmin Sabet launched Mola Sasa nearly five years ago in Bogotá to bridge the gap between tradition and progress in the Colombian fashion industry. To make its line of handbags, Sabet works with more than 80 craftswomen, many of whom specialize in the hand weaving of natural fibers such as estera palm leaves to form colorful bins and cana arrow and maguey to make earrings. Among the brand’s most sought-after pieces are the colorful Kuna clutches, each representing the culture, beliefs and traditions of the Kuna communities in the jungles of northern Colombia who pass on the history of their culture in molas: a textile formed from an appliqué technique consisting of hand-sewing cut-out layers of fabric.
When Ana Paula Isaac opened Encrudo in 2018, she both transformed and elevated Mexico’s age-old pottery into ornamental exhibits. Its range of high-fired terracotta-colored stoneware is crafted and sanded by hand and can be found in boutique hotels like the new Octavia Casa in Mexico City’s leafy Condesa neighborhood. Born from the need to accentuate spaces and enhance the individuality of objects with a decorative and utilitarian vocation, objects such as the botellon vase are handcrafted in partnership with Mexican artisans in Tonalá, a town 45 minutes from Isaac’s hometown of Guadalajara in the western Mexican state of Jalisco.
With a desire to share Argentinian art with the world, Martín Bustamante opened interior design store Facón in 2016, now located in the Chacarita neighborhood of Buenos Aires. He leads the production of the brand’s exclusive product line, partnering with artisans across the country to create items such as language-wooden benches made by the Mapuche communities of Patagonia and jaguar and owl masks made from yuchan wood by the Chane community in the country’s rugged northwest. Inspired by the country gaucho culture, one of Bustamante’s most prized collaborations is his line of floor the rugs; he paints designs in watercolors and passes them to a Salta-based weaver who weaves each piece by hand.
Since creating her eponymous line of contemporary women’s kimonos, sweaters and accessories more than 10 years ago, designer Flavia Aranha has become both a chemist and a botanist. Using discarded plants, nuts and seeds native to Brazil, she experimented with natural dye processes to dye organic linen, cotton and silk, forming the country’s first-ever natural dye brand. She also collaborates with artisans to create jewelry like these pearl necklaces.