With the success of the Cycle 1 of the RED BOX design program, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) has managed to highlight the promising brilliance of the young Filipino design talents at the Manila FAME October 2015 edition and in select trade shows in London, Milan, and New York. Due to the heightening interest among designers, CITEM has announced the extension of the submission of entries for Cycle 2 to 16 September 2016.
The RED BOX design program is a platform to discover and train young designers to become the next generation of movers and shakers in the home and fashion industries. The application is open to Filipino product designers aged 21 to 30 years old who have not yet received major home- or fashion-related awards.
Since 2014, RED BOX Cycle 1 Grand Winners for the Home and Fashion Sectors, Thian Rodriguez, Micki Olaguer, Kit Blancas, and Jim Torres, together with 10 other finalists, underwent an in-depth immersion in their respective industries. The program includes attendance to seminars and workshops on design and business; exposure to craft techniques through regional factory visits; first-hand learning experience from world-renowned design icons such as Kenneth Cobonpue and Josie Natori; and, development of product collections in close collaboration with manufacturers.
Their training came with an extraordinary opportunity to be mentored by the country’s designers of premier caliber – Budji Layug for furniture and home accents, and Lulu Tan-Gan for apparel and fashion accessories.
“The Philippines is full of talented young creatives. RED BOX opened its doors to them, so they can further develop their skills under the mentorship of Filipino design icons,” CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos states.
RED BOX Cycle 2 aspires to send more promising designers to international trade fairs such as International Fashion Showcase in the United Kingdom, Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Italy, and International Contemporary Furniture Fair in the United States of America next year.
CITEM has partnered with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), a technical agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, mandated to promote industrial design as a tool for improving the quality and competitiveness of Philippine products. The partnership between CITEM and DCP aims to sustain development of the next generation of Philippine designers.
Applicants may submit entries for any of the following categories: furniture; home accents; apparel; and fashion accessories. Only one entry for a maximum of two categories will be accepted. Deadline of submission of entries is on 16 September 2016. For more information on the application process, please visit http://www.citem.gov.ph/index.php/developmental-programs/red-box.
Over the years the Philippines has shown that is has the undeniable talent and artisanship to match, and even surpass, the movers and shakers in the global fashion industry. Designers and designs alike shine in the international fashion stage, each representing the multi-faceted Philippine fashion that, at its core, culls inspiration from its diverse culture, age-old tradition, and exquisite craftsmanship, translating them into designs that are relevant today.
At Fashion Access 2013, Fashion Philippines brings together some of the best in the industry, showing off Philippine fashion through contemporary design sensibilities, high-level artisanship, and Philippine style.
In this first foray to Fashion Access, Fashion Philippines is set to showcase fashion items that highlight the country’s artisanal skills, providing a glimpse of the Philippines inimitable design talent in apparel, fashion wearables, and jewelry. Taking Fashion Philippines to one of the premier international fairs in the world serves to sustain the Philippines as a destination for quality and expertly designed and crafted products, all the while making it known that the Philippine fashion is a thriving, creative, and driven industry.
The Philippine participation also features designs from Manila Wear, a uniquely Filipino brand for fashion apparel and accessories crafted from the country’s local resources with a sensibility akin to a tropical/resort feel. Featured designers include Adante Leyesa, Amina Aranaz, Anne Saguil, Arnel Papa, Ken Samudio, and Dennis Lustico.
Fashion Philippines will also feature designs from Almar Shell Industries; Armyths International Fashion Design; Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Inc.; Crystal Seas Handwoven and Handcrafted Products; Imperial Nova Corp.; Itica Inc.; J.E.R. Shellcraft; Kilus Foundation Multi-Purpose Cooperative; Kitsilver; Larone Crafts, Inc.; MelRose O; Nooks Manufacturing International Coorporation; Omaque Arts and Crafts; Orient Meadow Export Corp.; PLV Trading; and Raw Earth Collections by Silnag.
See Fashion Philippines and Manila Wear at Fashion Access, 25 – 27 September 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
Also, don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE for Manila FAME and find more of Philippine fashion, 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
This October, Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event, will usher in a new season of design and craftsmanship presenting its all-Philippine brand to the global market, highlighting new designs, innovations, and talents. In the midst of it all is Manila Wear, a fashion brand unique to the Philippines, featuring the best designers in the country to showcase their designs at Manila FAME.
A branding initiative for fashion apparel and accessories crafted from the country’s local materials, Manila Wear embodies a truly Filipino design sensibility that is synonymous with tropical/resort wear. International fashion icon Josie Natori leads a select group of designers in creating remarkable Manila Wear pieces for the world.
Josie Natori is a renowned international designer and CEO of the NATORI, a lifestyle brand that include lingerie, ready-to-wear apparel, home accents, fragrance, and eyewear, selling to upscale department stores in the US, and to at least 15 countries internationally. She leads Manila Wear with a passion for fashion and Filipino heritage, guiding both up-and-coming and seasoned designers in creating fashion objects that truly define the Philippines.
For October, Manila Wear will feature creations from Philippine fashion’s creative minds: Jun Artajo, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Happy Andrada, Leaonor Cabili, Lally Dizon, Carissa Cruz Evangelista, Joel Escober, Emi Jorge, Natalya Lagdameo, Adante Layesa, Dennis Lustico, Joyce Makitalo, Arnel Papa, Malou Romero, Ken Samudio, and Nicole Whisehunt.
Manila Wear will also feature a special setting of editorial pieces from designers Olivia D’Aboville, Wataru Sakuma, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Eric delos Santos, Twinkle Ferraren, and Wawi Navarrosa.
See all their design showcases at Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Metro Manila, Philippines and stay tuned for more stories on Manila Wear and its featured designers here on FAME Speak, The Official Blog of Manila FAME.
For more information on Manila FAME, visit www.manilafame.com
The Filipino Fashion Industry makes a big comeback during Manila FAME’s March edition. In celebration of Filipino Artisanship, CITEM unveils “Manila Wear.” It will be led by international designer Josie Natori herself, it will showcase unique and beautiful masterpieces designed by 20 noted Filipino apparel and accessories designers.
Manila Wear unveiled the creations of the designers during Manila FAME’s “Manila Night” last March 14, 2012 at the SMDC Grand Showroom. Manila Night is an event exclusive for it’s buyers and special guests.
One of the night’s highlights was the Manila Wear Fashion show featuring the designs from noted Filipino fashion designers.
Well-known apparel designers’ Rajo Laurel, Dennis Lustico, Jojie Lloren, Inno Sotto, Cesar Gaupo, JC Buendia, Randy Ortiz, Joey Samson, OJ Hofer and Vic Barba showcased their creations during Manila Night.
Manila Wear also featured fashion accessories designed by the following designers: Joel Escober, Joyce Makitalo, Maco Custodio, Arnel Papa, Lulu Tan-Gan, Gerry Sunga, Jun Artajo, TC Alvarez, Patrice Ramos-Diaz and Adante Leyesa.
These fashion masterpieces and more can also be seen at Manila FAME’s Manila Wear setting at the second floor exhibition halls.