De La Cross was conceived in 2017 by Brandon Cruz. His original family name was De La Cruz, which literally translates to “Of the Cross”. As an artist and the son of a fashion designer, Brandon was always fastidious when it came to his attire. As an avid fitness buff and a man of strong faith, he noticed that when he wanted to purchase fitness apparel, most of the offerings featured overly aggressive slogans that did not reflect the values and culture he wished to embody. He realized that the fitness landscape needed something fresh, new, and spiritual. De La Cross was born.
In 2019, Brandon partnered with his brother Shah Martinez to help his vision come to life. From day one the two of them were in total alignment on De La Cross' values and mission. As a software engineer with previous entrepreneurial experience, Shah immediately got to work crafting a plan that would help DLC achieve its goal of being a brand that would embody strength, hope, perseverance, and community.
Ever-present throughout De La Cross' entire journey has been Brandon's wife, Annabelle Cruz. She put the "Cross" in the name and has since been making sure the team "crosses" the t's and dots the i’s. Annabelle has been an instrumental part of keeping the team's momentum, managing various aspects of DLC’s growth and is now working on our upcoming Outdoor collections. (Stay tuned…)
To inspire transformation through positivity, encouragement, and community.
Let's be a better person today than we were yesterday.
Respect and love • Let’s be good to each other
Integrity • When we’re honest and true to ourselves we can grow
Humility • Ego clouds wisdom
Perseverance • Failure is the greatest teacher
Passion • Commit to your goals and give it 110%
Hard Work • The harder the effort, the greater the gain
Make a Difference • Impart these values with compassion