If you’re looking to treat yourself, here are 27 businesses where you can spend your hard-earned money and support the Latino community:
Crystals + Succulents
Crystals + Succulents is the brainchild of Mariela Elena Rojas, an artist inspired by nature. “I’m in love with nature and everything it has to offer, involving succulents into my jewelry was a must,” she wrote on her website.
Seattle-based Puerto Rican designer Rita Cidre’s Anda Pa’l is a line of canvas bag with too-relatable phrases, including “jaja > haha” and “Trá Trá Trá.” Cidre began the line as a way to cope with feeling homesick for the island, and now you can carry a little piece of Puerto Rico with you and give your pens and pencils the kind of case they deserve.
The Mujerista currently carries a small collection, but it’s “Lo Que Me Da La Gana” pin is a must have that helps support a platform dedicated to uplifting Latinas.
Zahira Kelly – an illustrator and sociocritic who fights for the visibility of Afro-Latinas – sells a wide variety of items on her shop, including necklaces, prints, and home decor.
Loquita Bath and Body
Loquita Bath and Body, which describes itself as the home of the first concha bath bomb, sells vegan, cruelty-free bath bombs featuring things like a Stranger Things waffle bath bomb to others that look good enough to eat.
Co-founded by singer LaLa Romero, who hails from Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley and describes her Latin-infused urban pop as “Pretty Brown Sound”, Bella Doña is a sartorial extension of Romero’s musical approach. Many of the pieces, which reference SoCal Chicano culture, would be right at home on the Mi Vida Loca crew.
BreadxButta is a part fashion, fine art, and wellness shop. The owner is inspired by her Puerto Rican heritage.
Afro-Latinx illustrator Emerald Pellot’s shop is full of pins with powerful, feminist messages.
Hija de tu Madre
Hija de tu Madre is a clothing line that celebrates the “beautiful mess that is Xicanisma” and the ni de aqui, ni de alla feeling of growing up biculturally. According to their website, “caters to Xicanx who bravely question everything, while reconciling our complicated history, culture, and identity. The shop and blog are for muxeres who unapologetically celebrate their colorful culture as we try to make sense of two seemingly opposing identities.”
As a kid, Julissa Prado struggled with her curly hair. She either wore it in a ponytail, styled it with lots of hairspray, or used lots of heat to straighten it. But after years of hiding and damaging her curls, she set out to create a better system. And that’s how she ended up with Rizos Curls, a company designed for curls between 2A and 4C.
Megan Martinez began Chaos Makeup, a Corpus Christi-based brand, after a tumultuous adolescence. She found an outlet in makeup artistry, which helped her get her life on a positive track.
Nicaraguan-American cousins Vanessa Enriquez and Marivette Navarrete launched Nevermind Cosmetics, a cruelty-free line of lipstick heavily influenced by 90s aesthetics (think whimsical, Lisa Frank-esque shades, with names like “Hair Flip” and “Grl Talk”).
Gentle Riot lives up to its tagline: “ethically made weird girl streetwear.”
MicMas Remix, started by Afro-Latina entrepreneur Adassa, features products made from all-natural ingredients.
Candles by Isa
Candles by Isa sells soy candles with hemp wicks. The scents include La Llorona, La Catrina, and Calabazita.
Everyone from Wisin to 3Ball MTY to a Who’s Who of dembowseros from DR have been spotted shopping in Triangulo Swag’s uptown NYC shop. The apparel line founded by Alfredo Perez – aka BB Inc – features a pretty extensive hat collection.
Shop Destruya, a South Florida-based shop, sells pitches, shirts, candles, and pins with feminist phrases.
Between the “No Gods No Master” tees and Mexico-inspired apparel, this CDMX streetwear brand aims to be your everyday wear. Shop here.
Started in 2015, SadGirlPorVida is inspired by Los Angeles and Xicanx culture. The shop is based out of La Puente, California.
When BRK House launched in July 2014, the husband-and-wife duo behind the brand offered screen printed tees. But last year, they moved forward with pins and patches, and have been killing it. Most designs come from early childhood influences like loteria and lucha libre, the rest come from day to day inspirations like butterfly knifes and cartoons.
Web bodega Curandera Press sells items inspired by contemporary curanderismo.
Hola Dear Deer
This line of covetable tees out of Houston, Texas is run by a sister duo inspired by their family’s Guatemalan roots.
Luni Jewelry describes itself as a “contemporary jewelry line for modern goddesses.”
A collective of D.F.-based graphic designers, visual artists, and graffiteros, Tony Delfino makes high quality, detailed, limited edition pieces that includes t-shirts, button downs, hoodies, leather jackets, and sneakers. The entire line is deeply inspired by the culture of Mexico’s capital, and is made with all-Mexican materials. Shop here.
Yiyi Mendoza meticulously carves ceramics, which draw from her Mexican ancestry.
Sweet Face by Rocío
Costa Rican Rocío Castillo makes natural products that her family has used for generations.
The Hoodwitch is all about providing “everyday magic for the modern mystic.”