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Designer Spotlight: Arcy Gayatin

Designer Spotlight: Arcy Gayatin

Cebu-based designer Arcy Gayatin is way ahead of her pack. She has been in the fashion business for 25 years and doesn't show any signs of stopping. She's a driven woman with a lot of things planned for the future.

Her clothes have been seen on stylish women not only in her hometown, Cebu, but also here in Manila. What women love and will love about Arcy is she's not only about the design but she is also after comfort. She loves it when women feel comfortable in their own skin, and thus makes her designs accordingly effortless.

Arcy starts with the fabric and studies it and tries to discover what it is capable of. She also tries different fabrication techniques to be able to give the cloth new texture and personality.

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?
Good design is one that achieves beauty and utility and retains its relevance for centuries.

HOW HAVE YOU EVOLVED AS A DESIGNER?
When I was starting out, designing was almost purely about aesthetics. Eventually, I realized that a piece of design does not only have to be creative, it had to be functional as well. After all, clothes are meant to be worn. They have to serve their purpose and the lifestyles of the people who wear them.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?
My inspiration usually comes from more tangible things-fabric, an image that strikes me, a piece of architecture

WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS?
Gloria Guinness and Marina Rust.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I read (a lot) and do crossword puzzles in red ink.

FAVORITE SHOPPING DESTINATION?
Moss in New York. The whole store is a feast for the eyes.

FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION?
Tuscany in general and Florence in particular. There is something magical about the light there.

WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO?
U2, Adele, Edith Piaf.

HOW DO YOU LIKE TO ENTERTAIN?
Intimately.

WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
Thimbles from different places that I've visited.

BEST PIECE OF CLOTHING A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE?
A white button down shirt long enough to wear over leggings, under jeans, or by itself.

HOW DID YOUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH FASHION BEGIN?

With my mom. She was never a fashion victim, but she taught me to appreciate custom-made clothing from a young age.

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PROCESS LIKE?
I always start with the fabric. I study how it moves and falls and I allow it to speak to me.

WHAT GARMENT IS YOUR FAVORITE?
A single seamed T-shirt dress that I designed myself. I had it made in different colors. It has sort of become my uniform.

CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR RECENT COLLECTION?
I was happy to discover that you can manipulate pleats in many different ways. That discovery is reflected in my most recent collection.

FUTURE PLANS?
To increase my workforce. I would love to be able to use my work to provide more work for people who need it, women especially. That's always been one of my advocacies.

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Click here to see Arcy Gayatin's contact information.


-Jacque De Borja, Editorial Assistant

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