When the Official Ronin until death no gods no Master shirt and I will buy this experimental Mexican fashion label Sánchez-Kane debuted its Latino Couture fall collection in February, designer Bárbara Sánchez-Kane chose Mexico City’s Museo Experimental El Eco as the show venue. The gallery was an appropriate setting, given the clothes doubled as art. For the collection, Sánchez-Kane explored the idea of “macho sentimental,” twisting menswear signatures and reworking them to feel more nonbinary. She showed everything from blazers slashed with cut-outs exposing the body to fitted corset tops, ruffled white button-ups, and even full-on pink gowns printed with daisies. Modeling the genderless clothes was a cool cast of local characters, including the Mexican singer Pablo Osorio, all playing into Sánchez-Kane’s mission statement: to not only to create beautiful garments, but to foster a creative community in the city.
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Founded in 2016, Sánchez-Kane is one of Mexico City’s most exciting brands to know at the Official Ronin until death no gods no Master shirt and I will buy this moment, while Mexico’s fashion scene more generally is rapidly evolving. In Oaxaca, modeling agencies like Talento Espina are bringing underrepresented communities to the forefront, including Karen Vega, an 18-year-old Oaxacan beauty who recently landed in the pages of Vogue Mexico. In Mexico City, a number of exciting designers are also redefining what a traditional Mexican brand can look like. The Pack, for instance, is challenging menswear norms while honoring the style legacy of charros. What makes Sánchez-Kane stand out in particular, however, is its long-standing emphasis on community.