Latina Fashionista empowers Latinas in the apparel industry by sharing information about education & leadership

Happy 2019!

Hope 2019 brings new and exciting surprises just for you! And thank you to all our friends we met in 2018 at D. Kirby School, LEAD Summit, YWCA Pasadena, Commerce to Career Fair, and LatinaFest.

Latinas...Making Every Stitch Count

Lets continue to support companies that are owned, founded, managed and represent us - Latinas!  Almost 20 years ago (yes that is a long time), it was hard to find Latina owned fashion businesses which is one reason LatFas started.  But today, you are rockin'.


 Latinas are powerhouses! We are the prime decision makers for purchasers in our households. And we love looking and feeling good and it shows. Latinas purchase more beauty, skin, hair products and children’s clothing than other females in the US. We can further empower ourselves by continuing our education and attaining college degrees. 


 Latina Fashionista programs consist of workshops and presentations held at middle schools, high schools,  public libraries, and youth conferences.  Lets talk fashion - education, resources, and Latinas in the fashion and beauty business.


 The California Department of Education (2013) states that 53% of California K-12 girls are Latina. Graduation rates for high school Latinas increased 6.9% between 2011 and 2015.  And there are more Latinas enrolled in college than Latinos. Lets keep that momentum going! 

One Stitch at a Time...

High School Student...

"Thank you again for all this info and I find what you do to be really great. You're giving young women a chance to get closer to their dreams."

High School Student...

“You've changed my life, literally....Latina Fashionista has helped me so much, I dream of being successful in the fashion industry, not just there but there is so much I want to do in life.”


"Thank you for all your hard work and all the wonderful information you share with us..."


Employers usually hire individuals who have a two or four-year fashion degree; however, a four-year degree can provide more career opportunities and higher pay. 

Listed below are colleges & universities in Los Angeles where you can earn an Associate and Bachelor degree in fashion.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES (Associate Degrees)

Antelope Valley College

Long Beach City College

Mt. San Antonio College

PRIVATE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES (Some offer both degrees)

Art Institute of California, Hollywood

Beverly Hills Design Institute

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Otis College of Art & Design

Thank you to our fashion friends & supporters

Schools, Conferences

  • HOPE Latina History Day
  • Commerce to College Fair
  • YWCA Pasadena
  • Adelante Mujer Latina
  • LATINAFest


Our supporters who have opened their hearts to us…

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Apparel News
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Besame Cosmetics
  • Mood Designer Fabrics
  • Singer Sewing Machines
  • Stop Staring!

Why Latina Fashionista?

Latina Fashionista was founded by Roseanna Garcia, a Latina employed in the Los Angeles apparel industry.  As she worked in management for various apparel manufacturers, she observed inequality in the industry especially with minorities. This inspired Ms. Garcia to share her challenging experiences as well as her successes with those entering the industry.  She believes through education and leadership, we can increase our presence in an industry we notably contribute to.

Roseanna Garcia worked in the Los Angeles apparel industry and in higher education.  Her professional experiences took her to Russia, where she worked with a lingerie company and to China to share Latina Fashionista with college students in Zhengzhou.  She also conducted research for an L.A. County report on the educational institutions offering apparel programs.  

She has an MBA in operations management from Ca State Polytechnic University, Pomona, a BA in design from Ca State University, Los Angeles and an AA in fashion design from Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

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Questions about college, careers, the fashion industry? Send us a message.

Latina Fashionista

PO Box 80303 San Marino, CA 91118