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Get To Know These 7 Fashion Designers from San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Updated: 7 June 2017
There are many ways to express yourself, and fashion and personal style are among them. Throughout Puerto Rico, various fashion designers are making a name for themselves and becoming household names – fashion designers to watch. At the same time, the capital city of San Juan has produced fashion designers that are creating noteworthy pieces. If you have a passion for fashion, learn about the following fashion designers from San Juan that you need to know.

Luis Antonio

Luis Antonio creates collections that “are modern and cosmopolitan, yet romantic and feminine,” per his website. The San Juan-born designer studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and then created his first ready-to-wear collection. Antonio also presented a collection at Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week 2015. Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres, and musicians Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, and Ivy Queen are among the celebrities who have worn his pieces. Follow the Instagram account of his Mall of San Juan Store here.

Lisa Thon

Born in San Juan, Lisa Thon went on to graduate from New York City’s Parsons School of Design. The CEO of a design school in San Juan called Centro Moda School of Design, she is making an impact on a new generation of designers. Notable people who have worn her designs include Yolandita Monge, Don Omar, and Melina Leon. Stay up to date by heading on over to Twitter and Instagram.

Carlos Alberto

Carlos Alberto is probably most known for designing pieces for beauty pageants, but also makes clothing for other occasions that can be seen on his Instagram account. In the past, the creator of eye-catching gowns that shine on stage, Alberto worked with famed Puerto Rican designer Carlota Alfaro before developing the status that he enjoys today as a designer.

Gustavo Arango

A Colombia-born designer, Gustavo Arango was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Arango studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and worked for Pierre Balmain. His ready-to-wear clothing can be found at his store in The Mall of San Juan, which is one of many San Juan attractions. Check out his Instagram and Twitter accounts for more information and to see his designs.

Where modern meets classic. Gustavo Arango Fall 2017 #gustavoarango #fall2017 #runway

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Sofia Arana

An up-and-coming designer, San Juan’s Sofia Arana has already shown pieces during New York Fashion Week, at the Nolcha Fashion Week 2015 event. Her luxury clothing has been sold at Puerto Rican boutiques before her show at the event, and Arana is opening a brick and mortar store called The Refined Way – you can stay up to date via her Instagram account.

Sulyvette Diaz

Sulyvette Diaz’s label was born in Old San Juan, and right now she designs ready-to-wear and couture clothing, in addition to accessories. Diaz is a former fashion merchandising student from the Miami International University of Art & Design, and a former fashion design student from Turabo University. She also appeared on Univision’s reality TV fashion show Revelacion Moda. To take a look at her designs, go to Instagram. Shop her pieces by visiting her official website, which are also available in a couple of stores in San Juan and online.

Miriam Budet

A San Juan-born designer, Miriam Budet is an alum of the University of Puerto Rico, where she studied advertising, and the Lisa Thon School of Design. She designs handbags, clothing, and accessories. Among the Puerto Rican celebrities who have worn her pieces are musicians Wisin, Yandel, and Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera, a top beauty queen. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram, and visit her website to learn more.