A fresh and artisanal showcase of Philippine fashion
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), together with Josie Cruz Natori—international designer and founder and CEO of The Natori Company, New York-based maker of women’s apparel, accessories, and home products—will once again present Manila Wear in the 63rd edition of Manila FAME this April. Manila Wear is a platform for showcasing artisanal yet contemporary collections of the Philippine fashion industry’s top designers.
CITEM re-launched Manila Wear in 2012, with the aim of developing the Philippine fashion industry into a globally competitive one, recognized internationally as Asia’s sourcing destination for high-quality, innovative, and sustainable fashion pieces reflective of the distinct Filipino brand and craftsmanship. Aside from being the creative director of the program, Natori serves as a mentor to the designers, priming them for their transition from the local to the global fashion businesses.
Since its re-launch, Manila Wear has had eight editions. It has featured 60 of the country’s brilliant fashion designers, promoting their growth through product development, export coaching, and consultations. Manila Wear is a launching platform to going global, providing our local talents with the unique opportunity to gain international recognition by presenting their creations to the global market and serving as ambassadors to the Manila Wear brand through Manila FAME. Through their participation in Manila Wear, design-driven brands such as Adante Leyesa, Ken Samudio, Maco Custodio, Joanique, Michelline Syjuco, and Beatriz have introduced their collection overseas, transitioning from the local to the global fashion scene.
For the April 2016 boutique edition of Manila FAME, Manila Wear is featuring 13 brands—Adante Leyesa, Aranáz, Beatriz, Jared Servaño, Joel Escober, Ken Samudio, Lally Dizon, Maco Custodio, Joanique, Michelline Syjuco, Micki Olaguer, Thian Rodriquez, and Tim Tam Ong, which will exhibit a curated collection of apparel, accessories, and other wearables under the theme, “Streets of Manila.” Buyers will be immersed in the rich art and culture of Manila as they see the Manila Wear brands’ artistic interpretation of the city’s streets, graffiti, infrastructures, and locals through unique fashion pieces, under the creative guidance of Natori.
“This next show is going to be more intimate with new additions that will certainly inspire buyers. I look forward to each edition of Manila Wear because there’s always a nice surprise—there’s always something very special, and I think the joy and the passion of these designers are so obvious in how they are producing their work. It’s always a treat to come to this event to see these collections. That is why I always consider Manila Wear as one of the highlights of FAME,” said Natori.
The April 2016 boutique edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle trade show, is scheduled on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City. For more information on Manila Wear and Manila FAME, log on to www.manilafame.com.
Stanley Ruiz, one of the Rising Asian Talents at the March 2016 Singapore edition of MAISON&OBJET Asia, comes back to Manila FAME for its April 2016 boutique edition.
Industrial designer Stanley Ruiz is currently collaborating with 10 exhibitors from Pampanga, Cebu, Davao, Negros Occidental, and Metro Manila to develop functional, stylish, and commercially viable lighting products. Together, they are exploring the themes of post-industrial design and Philippine heritage taken on a more modern-day level.
At the same time, Stanley is working with respected Philippine designers Nina Santamaria and Ito Kish for one of Manila FAME’s highlights this April: the Spring Forward special setting, which will showcase the three designers’ products, along with several Filipino manufacturers’ finely crafted seasonal indoor and outdoor product collections for the home. In particular, Stanley will be designing light and home accent pieces to complement the Spring-themed presentation.
Stanley, who took up Industrial Design in UP Diliman, discovered his passion for designing when he was a student. After learning about materials and the essentials of design and being able to apply what he learned, he embraced his major and began taking on designing projects for small and medium enterprises in the provinces while still studying in the early to mid-2000s. His efforts eventually paid off, and so he decided to work in the design industry.
As a designer, Stanley has limitless sources of inspiration. He gets ideas from everyday life, local industries and materials, and nature to name a few, and he transforms them into clever and exceptional design patterns. He shares some pieces of advice to other aspiring young designers: “Take it seriously, explore on your own, think outside of the bounds of the academe, read a lot—not only about design, but other disciplines like music, film, arts, social sciences because these all come into play eventually. It’s not only about being good at drawing, colors, or computer software. There is a lot that you can apply if you know the world more. So, travel—just expose yourself. That’s what I did.”
Today, Stanley is an internationally awarded designer who owns his own studio in Manila, the Estudio Ruiz Design Consultancy. Some of the awards and recognitions he has received include being listed by New York-based Surface Magazine as one of the Avant Guardians of 2010, getting the Bronze Award at the A’ Design Awards in Italy in 2013, and receiving the Outstanding Asia Talents award at the Bangkok International Gift Fair in 2014.
In spite of his accomplishments in the global design scene, Stanley continues to return to Manila FAME. “I love Manila FAME because this is the venue for local companies to show their prowess. It’s actually a showcase of real industry—what our resources are, who we are as a people, and what our crafts are all about, which are basically part of our culture,” he said.
Stanley has been participating in Manila FAME for six editions now as a product specialist, creating product designs for Philippine manufacturers under the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions’ (CITEM) Design for Exports Program, which aims to assist Philippine manufacturers in creating globally competitive products with design support from some of the country’s top design experts.
“We get fulfillment out of it, like collaborating with companies. I learn from them. I was able to impart some of my knowledge with them to come up with some new products for their collections. In fact, that’s one of the main goals of my design studio here in Manila: to be able to contribute to the local design landscape. And by doing these consultancy projects, I think I’m partly on my way to achieving my goals,” said Stanley.
At the October show edition of Manila FAME last year, Stanley worked with Filipino visual artist and sculptor Jinggoy Buensuceso and Philippine-based Japanese designer Wataru Sakuma to create the northern lights-inspired installation titled, Aurora—A Light Imprint. Inspired by the ‘Aurora Borealis,’ the dreamy natural lights spectacle in the northern hemisphere, the ingenious display was made of over 20,000 chain-linked colorful glow sticks hanging from the ceiling.
The 63rd show edition of Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, is scheduled on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. The trade show is organized by the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions agency of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information, please visit www.manilafame.com.