The future of fashion is organic

MANILA, Philippines - Nowadays, people are more conscious of whether they are buying something potentially harmful to the environment or not.

In the fashion industry, a number of well-known international brands have hopped on the green bandwagon and created a more organic line of merchandise. 

Here in the Philippines, we have a variety of eco-friendly methods which our designers and labels are incorporating into their product development. One such label is Tan-Gan.

“Everything we create has to be sustainable,” says Jessica Tan-Gan, scion to designer Lulu Tan-Gan. “We began our indigenous couture line as an advocacy to promote our weaving industry and keep our heritage and crafts alive. Everything we create is carefully crafted by hand in order to keep our carbon footprint low. We don’t use electricity to create our knitwear.”

She adds, “Our indigenous couture pieces are all hand loomed, hand beaded, and hand dyed.”

Recycling and upcycling are also popular green methods. Studio Bohemia, for instance, the artist workshop of Merce and Patrick Layog that creates home décor, sculptures, and handmade accessories, works frequently with discarded computer parts, glass bottles, and broken stained glass windows.

For moulds, they re-use plastic soda bottles and used plastic containers and cardboard boxes. Their sanding and polishing machines are even repurposed from old washing machines. 

Taking all this into consideration, BusinessWorld’s High Life Magazine (October-November 2012 issue) decided to produce a shoot that would feature organic, Philippine-made fashion into a futuristic-inspired shoot, a symbol that going green is the wave of the future. 

SPACED OUT. Black leotard with silver graphic details by Kermit Tesoro, black blouse with ruffles made of banana fiber by Dita Sandico-Ong, black oval onyx  earrings by AC+632, transparent cobalt cocktail ring by Studio Bohemia, pearl clutch at Bowery.

SPACED OUT. Black leotard with silver graphic details by Kermit Tesoro, black blouse with ruffles made of banana fiber by Dita Sandico-Ong, black oval onyx earrings by AC+632, transparent cobalt cocktail ring by Studio Bohemia, pearl clutch at Bowery.

BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER. (Left) Sequined zip-up vest with chiffon ruffles over a black leotard and strappy platforms with silver skull heel all by Kermit Tesoro, gold horn-like head dress with white flowers by Albert Andrada, recycled circuit board parts encapsulated in a handmade resin cocktail ring by Studio Bohemia. (Right)  Loose short-sleeved top made of pina and jusi with beaded fringe details by Pristine de Guzman, black knit shorts by Tan-Gan, large antique pendant necklace c/o Dita Sandico-Ong, leather, stone and bead bracelets at Schu and large handmade, clear green resin cocktail ring by Studio Bohemia.

BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER. (Left) Sequined zip-up vest with chiffon ruffles over a black leotard and strappy platforms with silver skull heel all by Kermit Tesoro, gold horn-like head dress with white flowers by Albert Andrada, recycled circuit board parts encapsulated in a handmade resin cocktail ring by Studio Bohemia. (Right) Loose short-sleeved top made of pina and jusi with beaded fringe details by Pristine de Guzman, black knit shorts by Tan-Gan, large antique pendant necklace c/o Dita Sandico-Ong, leather, stone and bead bracelets at Schu and large handmade, clear green resin cocktail ring by Studio Bohemia.

STAND UP, STAND PROUD. Gold-studded dress with layered skirt by Albert Andrada, handmade clear aqua resin cocktail ring by Studio Bohemia, heelless glittered footwear by Kermit Tesoro.

STAND UP, STAND PROUD. Gold-studded dress with layered skirt by Albert Andrada, handmade clear aqua resin cocktail ring by Studio Bohemia, heelless glittered footwear by Kermit Tesoro.

LOOKING FASHION FORWARD. (Left) Banana fiber multi-purpose wrap with graphic swirls by Dita Sandico-Ong, asymmetrical pants made with ramie and pina by Pristine de Guzman, dangling gold disc earrings by Natalya Lagdameo at Firma, cuffs and bracelets all by AC+632, black heels by Janylin. (Right) Gray sleeveless light wool dress with asymmetric pina cocoon embroidered stripes by Ronaldo Arnaldo, vertebrae choker necklace by OS Accessories at AC+632, red book decorative box by Firma, white opaque, handmade resin cocktail ring by Studio Bohemia, heelless footwear by Kermit Tesoro.

LOOKING FASHION FORWARD. (Left) Banana fiber multi-purpose wrap with graphic swirls by Dita Sandico-Ong, asymmetrical pants made with ramie and pina by Pristine de Guzman, dangling gold disc earrings by Natalya Lagdameo at Firma, cuffs and bracelets all by AC+632, black heels by Janylin. (Right) Gray sleeveless light wool dress with asymmetric pina cocoon embroidered stripes by Ronaldo Arnaldo, vertebrae choker necklace by OS Accessories at AC+632, red book decorative box by Firma, white opaque, handmade resin cocktail ring by Studio Bohemia, heelless footwear by Kermit Tesoro.

A GREEN INVESTMENT. Indigenous couture pina vest with tribal beaded details worn over a black knit dress with dangling black sequin details both by Tan-Gan, oriental headpiece by Albert Andrada, yellow fish-skin clutch by Bowery, black strappy platforms with silver skull heel detail by Kermit Tesoro.

A GREEN INVESTMENT. Indigenous couture pina vest with tribal beaded details worn over a black knit dress with dangling black sequin details both by Tan-Gan, oriental headpiece by Albert Andrada, yellow fish-skin clutch by Bowery, black strappy platforms with silver skull heel detail by Kermit Tesoro.

Stockists

1. AC+632
2/F Filipino Zone, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
Landline: (02) 758-2564
Email: ac632@pldtdsl.net

2. Albert Andrada
Mobile: 0917-4541234
Email: albertdxb@yahoo.com

3. Bowery
310 La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
Contact numbers: (02) 474-8968; 0917-5226246

4. Dita Sandico-Ong
35 Wilson St., Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila
Landline: (02) 726-5102

5. Firma
G/F Greenbelt 3, Makati Avenue corner Esperanza Street, Ayala Center, Makati City
Landline: (02) 757-4009
Email: firma2@vasia.com

6. Janylin
G/F Glorietta 5, Ayala Center, Makati City

7. Kermit Tesoro
Email: info@kermittesoro.com
Contact number: +63932-8872207

8. Pristine de Guzman
Mobile: 0922-8165416
Email: pristinedeguzman@ymail.com

9. Ronaldo Arnaldo
Mobile: 0917-5259823

10. Schu
G/F Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City

11. Studio Bohemia
24 Aguinaldo St., BF Homes Paranaque
Landline: (02) 809-1075
Mobile: 0919-2055555

12. Tan-Gan
2/F Filipino Zone, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
Twitter: @tan_gan

Photography by Lilen Uy (www.lilenuy.com). Fashion styling by Guada Reyes (www.onegoodeyeconcepts.com). Makeup styling by Michelle Arcilla (www.michellearcilla.com). Hair styling by Cristina Cacnio (www.cristinacacnio.com). Modeled by Alexia Barton (http://www.alexiabarton-website.com). Shot on location at the LEED-approved Zuellig Building prior to its inauguration. 


Guada Reyes

Guada Reyes (www.onegoodeyeconcepts.com) is a fashion stylist, consultant, and costume designer. Viewing fashion as art, she aims to exhibit images with a twist featuring a mash-up of wearable and fashion-forward pieces by our country’s talent. See what else catches her eye at her blog, An Eye for An Eye (www.toeyefor.wordpress.com).