Diana Diaz is Non-Binary, Ethical, and Refusing to Meet Social Norms

WHO

Diana Diaz, Founder

Los Angeles, CA


I am a first generation Latina woman who grew up in South Central.  I currently reside in East Los Angeles.

I get most of my inspiration from my cultural background, my community and my friends. As a child, I would spend most summers in Oaxaca, and to this day, I go back once a year. The colors, people and streets are constant inspiration.

As a painter and musician, I am continually being inspired by these elements as well.

 photo: Olivia Lopez

photo: Olivia Lopez

WHAT

Diana Diaz is a clothing line that prides itself in being ethically conscious and inclusive. Our goal is to educate our consumers about the manufacturing industry and the importance of inclusivity. As producers we believe we have the responsibility to be agents for change and we constantly set daily standards to ensure we are meeting a certain level of social change.


 photo: Emily Elhaj

photo: Emily Elhaj

WHY

Diana Diaz is unique in its way that it refuses to meet social norms. We incorporate social change into the line in every single way. We are non-binary, refusing the concept of gender assigned clothing. We are ethical and strive to be sustainable in an industry that has layers of systematic problems; some of which have made it difficult for lines like ours to exist. And we do not forget about our customers and the importance of delivering high-end, top quality clothing to them. Our designs are not only beautiful and original, but it is made with our mission statement in mind.

We incorporate social change into the line in every single way. We are non-binary, refusing the concept of gender assigned clothing. We are ethical and strive to be sustainable in an industry that has layers of systematic problems...
 photo: Olive Kimoto

photo: Olive Kimoto

WHEN

With fast fashion on the rise, I noticed consumers purchasing clothing without knowing where it came from and who was manufacturing it. The majority of the garment industry is run in a very exploitive way, that does not provide sustainable wages for its employees; most of which come from the immigrant community. As a daughter of a garment worker, I have always made sure the clothing I purchased was sweatshop free.

About three years ago, I decided to come up with an ethical brand that would not only provide high quality clothing, but would use its platform to educate its consumers as well. With this in mind,  I decided that the brands role would be to revolutionize the garment industry by empowering and aiding in the social change of not just the immigrants community; but ALL marginalized communities.

...the brands role would be to revolutionize the garment industry by empowering and aiding in the social change of not just the immigrants community; but ALL marginalized communities.
 photo: Emily Elhaj

photo: Emily Elhaj

 photo: Emily Elhaj

photo: Emily Elhaj

FAVORITE

My favorite product from my line would be our back cut top. It is a timeless piece that can be used for multiple occasions. You can easily dress it up with a nice pair of slacks and skirt!  It’s minimal design draws everyone's attention when they see the open back. Every time anyone wears it, complements ensue.