Updated: Jul 7, 2021
Written by Jasmin Dixon Photographed by Natasha Magino
Finding a random sewing machine is what prompted designer Isabel Beatriz to begin stitching her ideas into actual garments, and soon the brand BeaaLove was created. Born in DC to Guatemalan and El Salvadorian parents, Isabel is inspired by the DMV “We're so lucky to live in an area that has so many museums,” she said. “I get so much inspiration after a trip to any museums, but my favorite is The Hirshhorn Museum.”
Along with visiting whimsical local places, Isabel draws style inspiration from street and high fashion menswear. This speaks to her iconic Pink Suits, each of which is tailored to perfection. “I wanted to make something that I had never made before and came up with these suits,” she explained. “I also wanted this project to represent that all of my clothing and designs are unisex. I get a lot of requests for 'menswear,' but I don't necessarily believe that there should even be a men’s and womenswear. It’s all clothing, just wear what you like, regardless of insignificant labels,” the designer writes on her website, isabelbeatriz.com.
For any artist, growth is inevitable. If you are wondering where to start as a designer, investing time in learning to sew and understanding fabrics is key, Isabel told The Vibe Room.
For the BeaaLove creator, her style is constantly evolving, beautiful and unapologetic. “I feel like I'm still developing my style, honestly. I'm still working on trying new things and just really making whatever I like, regardless if others like it,” she said. “I was very worried about the response of others when I started, so my style was a lot more reserved than what it is now,” says Isabel.
BeaaLove designs keep everyone in mind. Isabel currently does custom pieces, but for the first time will be releasing a small collection on her website soon.
We asked Isabel Beatriz what people should know about BeaaLove, and she replied, “What I want people to know about my brand is that I want it to be as inclusive as possible. I want everyone to feel like they could be in something I've designed. I would also like people to know how proud I am of my Latin culture and how I want to shine a light on more Latina creatives in the DMV area. Lastly, I want people to know that I have a lot planned for the future, so be on the lookout!”
You can find Isabel's designs on Instagram at @beaalove_ and online isabelbeatriz.com.