Na­ture rocks: Mex­i­can band Maná spreads style and aware­ness with its eth­i­cally made—and un­de­ni­ably cool—ap­parel line.

HOW DO YOU DRESS LIKE A ROCK STAR IN MI­AMI? WITH LEG­ENDARY MEX­I­CAN ROCK BAND MANÁ’S ETH­I­CALLY MADE, BENEVOLENT AP­PAREL LINE, RI­TOS DEL SOL.

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Peace, love, and rock ’n’ roll are what Maná is all about. So it’s fit­ting that the four-time Grammy and eight-time Latin Grammy Award-win­ning band would cre­ate a T-shirt and denim line—ri­tos del Sol—that’s not only edgy enough to ap­peal to rock­ers, but sus­tain­able and char­i­ta­ble, too. Drum­mer Alex Gon­za­lez and front­man Fher Olvera (both of whom are part­time Mi­ami res­i­dents) talk about their thought­ful threads, mak­ing a fash­ion state­ment, and how you can save sea tur­tles, one pair of jeans at a time.

Your first hit sin­gle was called “Rayando el Sol” and your cloth­ing line is called Ri­tos del Sol. What’s the con­nec­tion? Fher Olvera: The sun is our god. With­out the en­ergy, the light of the sun, life on our planet is not pos­si­ble. Alex Gon­za­lez: We wanted to make a line that was ca­sual and cool, and that rep­re­sented us and our [Mex­i­can] cul­ture while be­ing ac­ces­si­ble in price. The de­signs have to do with the sun, the moon, things you’d find in the rain­for­est, and the Day of the Dead—which is very cel­e­brated in Mex­ico. Tur­tles are a big fo­cus and sketched on all the jeans. AG: We’ve been pro­tect­ing sea tur­tles and have re­leased over a mil­lion of them to the ocean since we started our en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion, Selva Ne­gra, in 1996. FO: I grew up by the ocean, so I love tur­tles.

We have camps where we pro­tect their en­vi­ron­ment, and if you buy a shirt or jeans, you get good fit, qual­ity, and you’re help­ing tur­tles in the camps and do­ing some­thing for our planet.

How are the pieces made? AG: It’s com­pletely eth­i­cal—the ma­te­ri­als, the dyes. It’s very im­por­tant em­ploy­ees have a good salary, that the con­di­tions are good, and every­thing is made in Mex­ico.

FO: One of the im­por­tant things was find­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly fac­tory that uses re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, and for­tu­nately we found that fac­tory in Pue­bla.

The jeans are fit for a rock star. FO: The fab­ric is elas­tic, so it’s com­fort­able for the car, the plane, play­ing and drink­ing and jump­ing on­stage for two hours, or what­ever else you’re do­ing. You don’t feel tight.

Fa­vorite pieces? AG: Black is my fa­vorite color, so I like all the darker items— es­pe­cially the skulls.

FO: I jump around on­stage a lot with the skull and the fal­con. Right now, I’m wear­ing the big tur­tle to go to Can­cun.

What state­ment are you hop­ing to make? AG: We’ve never had a stylist tell us what to wear. This wasn’t forced upon us. We wanted to do it be­cause we have the op­por­tu­nity and plat­form to be on­stage and put out a pos­i­tive message. It doesn’t mat­ter if you are rich, poor, black, white, Latino, gay, straight, what­ever. We all have to take care of this world be­cause we are all a part of it.

FO: Mex­ico and the United States are neighbors, and you should never be mean to your neigh­bor. Fash­ion is political and en­vi­ron­men­tal; these is­sues aren’t sep­a­rate. Global warm­ing is not a joke. Twenty years of science and sci­en­tific re­search prove it is hap­pen­ing, and one of the most af­fected places is Mi­ami. ri­tos­del­sol.com; sel­vane­gra.com

“WE WANTED TO MAKE A LINE THAT WOULD REP­RE­SENT US AND OUR CUL­TURE.”—ALEX GON­ZA­LEZ

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