I'm a Fashion Director, and These Are the Asian Designers I Love to Support

Caroline Maguire shares her picks.

I'm a Fashion Director, and These Are the Asian Designers I Love to Support

It is of utmost importance now and always to support Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. With the rise in hate crimes against AAPI communities during the pandemic, we must continue to join together and stand against anti-Asian violence. We highlighted just a few resources to know here and also recommend organizations such as the Stop AAPI Hate organization, where you can report hate incidents you witness. Another way to show support is to shop Asian designers. In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, we wanted to highlight a few Asian fashion designers. We actually spoke with Shopbop’s fashion director, Caroline Maguire, to learn about just a few brands she personally supports. Given that it’s her role to lead fashion direction for the retailer, she has also developed strong relationships with some of the inspiring designers in question.

“Over this past year, it hasn’t just been the hate crimes affecting our AAPI communities but also the huge loss and suffering that Asian-owned businesses are dealing with as a result of the pandemic,” Maguire said. “With everything our communities are facing, it is an especially important time to support Asian-owned brands—we have to recognize that we’re all human and need to show our support and stand up for each other.”

Keep scrolling to check out a sampling of brands Maguire loves. If you keep scrolling, there are also more AAPI brands to support and check out.

"As a fellow native New Yorker, I am a huge fan of Sandy. Not only are we friends, but she is über-talented, and I love how she likes to think outside the box! I love that she takes classic styles and kicks them up a notch with unique design details—you can see this especially in her fleeces, gingham dresses, and tulle ball gown skirts." — Maguire

"I admire what Philip has achieved on behalf of the AAPI communities this past year. Not only has he created the @nytougherthanever campaign, which aims to help underserved communities of New York, but he also has set up so many GoFundMe pages for the victims of recent Asian hate crimes. Phillip has done an incredible job of making communities both near and far aware of the ongoing attacks while simultaneously showing them what justice looks like and what humanity is capable of." — Maguire

"Laura Kim: Laura, oh sweet Laura! Such a talented designer with awesome creative inspiration. She and Fernando Garcia created Monse with a focus on distinguished design details that are equal parts statement yet wearable. I love everything they create! Laura is so personable and is such a talented chef as well!" — Maguire

"Han Chong: I’ve known Han for quite some time now. It has been amazing to see him evolve so much within such a short amount of time. It all started with the infamous lace dress, and since then, he has expanded into such a distinctive method of layering lace, netting, and sheer panels to create the most beautiful feminine-luxe pieces." — Maguire

"Chris Leba: I have been obsessed with R13 since day one! Chris constantly pushes the envelope through his design evolution and willingness to test new trends. Each and every season, I am completely WOWED at the amazing things he continues to do with denim. I can’t wait to see what resort 2022 brings us." — Maguire

It bag. It color.

Incredibly chic with the pineapple button closures.

There are so many things right here—from the hue to the maxi length.

The opal-and-pearl pairing is quite breathtaking.

Paper yarn is incorporated here, which is ideal for its natural anti-odor, moisture-wicking, and antibacterial qualities.

This could easily become one of your new wear-every-day rings.

The longline cut here gets an A+.

A special earring that you'll just cherish.

The architectural design makes this mini bag stand out.

Next, shop more Asian-owned brands.

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Y'all Asked for Cheap Swimsuits, so I Found Some That Hit on All the Trends

From sparkly pieces to retro florals.

Y'all Asked for Cheap Swimsuits, so I Found Some That Hit on All the Trends

Swimsuit season is here, everyone, and there are so many stunning trends to know about that we honestly can't stop talking about. From vibrant and high-cut silhouettes to and the that have already taken over, there are so many to know about for summer 2021. If you're ready to try them out, now is the time to add them to your cart. The best news? Y'all asked for cheap swimsuits, so I hunted down some that tap into all of the biggest summer trends.

While these swimsuits are very wallet-friendly, they also read as much more expensive than their price tags and will have you primed for a fashion-girl summer. With prices these great, I have a feeling these will be out of stock in no time, so would recommend adding them to your cart before your favorite style ends up on the sellout list. Let the countdown to summer begin.

Shop the matching Bikini Bottoms ($13). Wear anything in this shade of green and you're instantly on-trend for summer.

Shop the matching High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms ($20). Same goes for all things tangerine.

Shop the matching Ribbed Bikini Bottoms ($20). Yep, more of the green color that will be everywhere.

Shop the matching Annette Bikini Bottoms ($34). I'm here for swimming-pool blue and this one-shoulder situation.

This one hits on so many cool summer bikini trends.

This one-piece doubles as a cool cutout top.

I love this bubblegum-pink color, but there are actually 19 shades to choose from.

Shop the matching Essentials High Cut Bikini Bottoms ($52). To wear on its own or with an oversize poplin button-down styled on top.

I actually can't stop talking about this perfect one-piece.

If it's sparkly, I'm in.

Shop the matching Sparkle Better Bikini Bottoms ($49). Fans of minimal style, this one's for you.

This Amazon find is so good.

One of my favorite colors, no matter the season.

Shop the matching Towel Bikini Bottoms ($40). Bikinis with matching clothing is easily my favorite trend of the season.

The terry shirt really takes this bikini to the next level.

Shop the matching Bikini Bottoms ($22). This bikini is perfect on its own.

Add the matching shorts, though, and it's a big yes from me.

We're seeing lots of super high-cut one-piece swimsuits that look like they're from the '80s.

Shop the matching Better Band Top ($45). Bikini bottoms are also getting the high-cut treatment.

This swimsuit hits on so many summer trends.

Shop the matching Jamie Bottoms ($42). This one is destined to sell out quicly.

To style with slouchy trousers when you're not at the beach.

Shop the matching Brazilian Bikini Bottoms ($13). I can't get enough of the racerback silhouettes that are new on the market.

Shop the matching Dominican High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms ($49). If you're into baby tees, this is the trend for you.

Sporty swimsuits for the win.

Shop the matching Tie Bikini Bottoms ($40). Mermaid tops are a personal favorite for this editor.

Shop the matching Chanzy Bikini Bottoms ($55). I spotted this Fisch set on sale and it won't last long.

Shop the matching Buttercup Bikini Bottoms ($69). With Jéan launched swim, and it's no surprise that it's stunning.

For anyone looking for something a bit romantic, ruffles are the trend to scoop up.

Gorgeous.

Another great sale find.

Shop the matching Betsy Bikini Bottoms ($69). This color is perfect.

Shop the matching Blue Floral Zoya Bottoms ($60). Yep, retro florals are one of the biggest swimsuit trends for summer 2021.

The ultimate throwback print.

Triangl always designs the coolest swimwear.

Next, shop 25 cool fashion finds I'm obsessing over right now.

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