Mojito. Cool, fresh, classic.

The traditional cocktail of Cuba, synonymous with the Latin lifestyle; playful and full of vitality. And it is this spirit that epitomizes the line of clothing that bears the same name.

Designer Elena Diatlova has mastered the art of working with stretch fabric, the inspiration behind the label. Deceptively simple cuts mask the incredible skill involved. Lightweight textiles —high quality rayon, spandex and soft cottons—are sourced from around the globe, skimming the body while creating a slim, sensual silhouette. “There’s a little bit of sexy in every piece,” says the designer.

Mojito is proudly made in Montreal and tailored for contemporary women who know what suits their bodies—and their lifestyle. Clothing that transitions from day to evening with a simple change of accessories makes dressing easy and fun, and the high quality, well-priced designs are already flying off the shelves.

Born in Belarus, Montreal designer Elena Diatlova discovered a gift for needlework at an early age. The top of her high school sewing class, she entered Fashion College in Minsk upon graduation. Summer vacations were spent producing clothes and then selling them in the town market. She later earned her degree in Garment Technology and Design at the Technological University in Belarus while already working in the industry. In 1997, Elena relocated to Montreal, attended the Institut Supérieur de Design de Mode and entered the Young Designer Competition. She was selected along with eight other finalists to represent Canada at the international level in Paris.

Elena’s 20+ years of patternmaking experience, combined with her intensive study of fashion design and technology has culminated in the creation of Mojito, made proudly in Montreal. From concept to manufacturing, knowing every aspect of production has allowed Elena to sell her line at affordable prices, so important to today’s cost-conscious consumer. Ever since her inaugural spring 2009 collection, her designs are in high demand, and Mojito is already selling out in select boutiques around the city.

“There is nothing else I would rather be doing,” Elena states. “Fashion and design are my life.” Mojito is the fitting embodiment of that passion.