5 Budding Filipino Designers You Should Watch Out For

5 Budding Filipino Designers You Should Watch Out For

We’re giving you a rundown of emerging Filipino designers who offer non-conformist realness with cult-following potential



As the world resurfaces, it welcomes new perspectives and endless possibilities. For these young Filipino designers, the challenge to make the world of fashion a better place is a creative playground where ambition and individuality run free. While building their brands, sustainability and personal values are at the forefront. With their authentic personalities and efforts for positive movements, these designers give us hope for the next generation of fashion merchandising. It's comforting to know we're heading in the right direction through ethical practices and beaming Filipino pride.


These small but mighty operations are backed by dreamers with a conscious plan to save the future of fashion, one consumer at a time. As they redefine the grounds of the industry, it's up to us to listen to what they have to say. The advancement of progress would not exist without collaboration and support. It's time that we realize both consumers and designers should agree that today's basis of fashion relies on empathy, style and responsibility.


Scroll through our iconic list of budding Filipino designers making a name for themselves on a global scale:


Sofia Arante

Sofia Arante is a recent college graduate taking New York by storm. Her senior collection, To Be Childlike, was featured during the Savannah College of Art and Design Fashion Showcase 2022. The cluster of chunky knits and bright colors reminds us to reconnect with our inner child to alleviate the pressures of adulthood and society. Arante's lineup is a sartorial breath of fresh air fabricated with innocent eyes and textiles.



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Sophia Lumbao

Designer and fellow SCAD student Sophia Lumbao reworks and sells curated thrift items for her growing Instagram shop, Fifi's Vintage. As an advocate for upcycled products, Lumbao educates her followers about the harmful effects of trends and offers unique, customizable pieces. As the discussion of ethical practices in the fashion industry expands, designers such as Lumbao contribute to the positive movement that benefits the environment and creativity.



Mariton Villanueva

Mariton Villanueva is making a name for herself as the soul and designer of Himaya. The mastermind behind the brand evokes a sense of nostalgia and heritage through handmade pieces botanically dyed and weaved in the Philippines. Himaya was recently featured in Vogue for an article regarding alternatives to fast fashion, highlighting Filipino talent. Several designers were emphasized for their responsible acts to combat current issues within the fashion industry with innovative designs and safe practices. 



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Sophia Tempongko

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde graduate Sophia Tempongko recently debuted her collection entitled ECDYSIS, which symbolizes the shedding of the alter ego to reveal our raw selves. P-pop member Alexandra Pelagio also wore an oversized blazer from the collection for this month’s #WonderxKAIA cover story, KAIA Is Leaving The Door Open.



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Rio Estuar

RIOtaso Clothing is a sustainable brand that repurposes scraps into new garments. Rio is devoted to creating conscious clothing and is a proud outfit repeater. Estuar’s garments certainly lift your mood with fun patchwork items that exude a nostalgic feel. 


As discussed in Lumbao’s conversation about upcycled garments, Estuar agrees that we should repair existing clothing whether it is considered fast fashion or not, and it’s always cool to re-wear the clothes from your closet!



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These budding designers have made their debuts to show the world what they can do, and one thing is for sure: they are here to stay. We can't wait to see them in full bloom!


Which designer has caught your attention so far? Sound off in the comments below!



Words Marga Sibug

Art Matthew Ian Fetalver 

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