I am instantly drawn to any prints that look slightly Missoni inspired, so this chevron blazer was clearly a win in my mind. I know it’s a bit out there, but I feel we should all push our sartorial limits a bit sometimes; it just makes the world a more exciting place. Minimal is so “in” right now, but frankly it’s fun to stand out.

It is always exciting to receive an email from a brand that falls into the APOE fair fashion segment. A promise I made ages ago in my IOM X post was to bring you more fair fashion brands, so I’m happy to be introducing you to another one today. Although my time abroad has been spent in Asia, I’m excited to have partnered with Latin Catwalk to bring you a whole array of designers from Latin America. Although I haven’t actually been passed Mexico, it still feels all kinds of special to be able to wear pieces from Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua and many more. Along with this post, you will be seeing a whole lot of Latin Catwalk popping up in other outfits too.

Latin Catwalk is essentially a boutique that caters to emerging Latin designers by helping them to promote their brands on a global scale. This may seem like a similar situation to someone carrying emerging designers in our home countries, but it is actually quite different. What I have read is that it can be difficult for Latin American designers to gain exposure outside their hometowns, let alone outside their countries. Depending on their location and background, the opportunity to be showcased to an international market could be the opportunity of a lifetime. This is what Latin Catwalk is doing and this is why we should feel proud to shop with them.

I’m not sure if it is my appeal to the exotic (6 years in Thailand), or something else, but I really love wearing pieces that come from small brands in countries that are far from home. It is true that there is benefit to shopping local, but there is a different and still very important benefit to be obtained from supporting emerging designers globally, in an industry which is largely driven by big players in the market.

With that in mind, I urge you to buy something from an emerging designer, wherever they might be, and see how it makes you feel. I am definitely not perfect and still spend all kinds of money in the shopping mall, but it does feel a hell of a lot better when I do choose to get something from a brand that I know will really benefit from my purchase. After all, emerging designers globally make fashion and we love fashion, so why not help each other?

Before I go, I want to let you all know that I will be hosting my first ever giveaway! I have a selection of Latin Catwalk items that I will be sending to one lucky winner. To be entered in the random draw, please leave a comment on this post. If your comment makes me laugh, you will get 2 entries! The contest closes on Wednseday, December 2nd at midnight PST.

NOTE: Contest is now closed. The winner is Noon! 🙂

In the meantime, you can use code ‘APOELISE’ for free shipping from Latin Catwalk until Wednesday, December 2nd.

Blazer & Earrings: Latin Catwalk – Jeans: Rag & Bone – Shirt: JOE Fresh (sale!)

Shoes: Ferragamo