Your Guide To Shopping Caribbean-Owned Fashion Brands
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When you hear “Caribbean style” you might think of sandals, beach hats, and maxi dresses. But luxury fashion has a long history of drawing inspiration and borrowing techniques from the region and its diaspora.
Take, for example, small independent brands channeling the flags and slang of their home countries or established fashion designers that make sartorial springboards of their childhood memories, like legendary designers Oscar de la Renta and Isabel Toledo, who often cite their Caribbean home countries as reference.
This Caribbean American Heritage Month, we rounded up some of our favorite Caribbean-owned brands and designers to celebrate their impact in the fashion space. From CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners to footwear brands reimagining espadrille sandals and metalwork, here are 20 labels you’ll want to know about.
Styles that support marginalized communities—and add some color to your closet. With Pride Month in full effect, companies are showcasing their support for the LBGTQ+ community. Thankfully, there are several fashion labels that are committed to giving back to queer communities, while offering shoppers fashion-forward options for their closets in the process.
Weather permitting, we'd wear sandals all year round. They're comfortable and cute, and they make any outfit look effortlessly cool. If you're thinking about going out, and you want to get out of your slippers, why not step into a pair of sandals?
As much as we love seeing our favorite beauty brands turn out for the LGBTQ+ community for Pride Month by donating a portion of proceeds to various organizations, we love supporting the queer community directly even more by shopping from LGBTQ+-owned beauty brands. There are plenty of ways to get involved during Pride Month, from donating to volunteering, but making a conscious effort to shop from LGBTQ+ brands during June and beyond is one of our personal favorites. When you go to restock on moisturizer, look for a new lip color, or pick up a shampoo and conditioner combo, buying from queer-founded brands cuts out the middle man and helps independent business owners directly.
The summer 2021 fashion trend season is well underway. Which look will come to be your favorite by the end of it? To help get a handle on everything you'll want to try in the next few months, we've tapped buyers and experts at some of the biggest retailers to tell us which fashion items are this summer's greatest style contenders.While some trends are to be expected — see: denim shorts and sandals (though, this year, with a '90s twist!) — others feel like uniquely post-pandemic finds — hi: bodyc
Neutral sandals may be perceived as boring, but listen shoppers, they are anything but. Your beige, clear or tan shoes will not only pair well with your favorite denim shorts or floral dresses, but they are timeless investments. There are so many cool shapes and details that make them stylish and ahead of the curve.
As the temperature rises this summer, your footwear choices will become increasingly limited. Boots, oxfords, loafers — all of these once-cherished styles get stuffed into the darkest corners of the closet in favor of the only shoe that you’ll be able to bear when temps are sweltering: sandals. (Sorry sneakers, we're putting you in the athletic bucket for this story.) Only the most ventilated, air-circulating styles will make the cut come July, and if you’re anything like us, you may be looking