An accessory order from Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco gave fellow designer Jeffrey Rogador an opportunity to expand his ready-to-wear apparel brand to include some pretty substantial additions. Remember the metal armguards, harnesses, neckpieces, and, yes, those crotch cups from Michael's Philippine Fashion Week (PFW)and Red Cross shows last year? Turns out they were made by Jeffrey, and he has decided to capitalize on the craft, smithing his first collection of metal belts to offer to ladies seeking to add an in-your-face element of gladiator or champion pugilist toughness to their ensembles.
Read on to know all about Jeffrey's latest enterprise, and don't forget to click on the photo gallery to view all the waist-cinchers in his collection!
WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO DESIGN THESE BELTS?
It all started when Michael Cinco commissioned me to do his metal accessories for his PFW and Red Cross shows last season. After that, clients have been asking me to make metal accessories for them. After the good feedback, I thought of developing those metal accessories. [I] started with belts first, so I made a few pieces and posted [photos] on my Facebook account. The next day, Rajo Laurel asked me to make pieces for him and even told me he can help promote the metal accessories. [He also] asked me to make more designs with belts, neckpieces, and cuffs. Now we’re in the process of developing those metals with new designs and finer quality. I realized that there is a market for this line and [that I should] take this fortunate accident seriously into business.
HOW IS IT REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR DESIGN AESTHETIC?
My clothes are always RTW for urban people. Clothes that come with style, comfort, and function. Everything should be simple and [should be a] staple.
WHO DO YOU ENVISION WEARING THESE PIECES?
People in the city, those who have active lifestyles from work to their after-work functions. People who always want new things, [who prefer] power-dressing that dictates authority.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK, WHICH ARE YOUR FAVORITE BELTS FROM THIS LINEUP, AND WHY?
As of now I only have a few pieces to show, but my favorite is the combination of silver and gold belts.
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO FOR YOUR NEXT COLLECTION?
For the next collection we’re developing new materials, colors, and designs. There will also be neckpieces, cuffs, and earrings coming in.
Click on the next page to know more about Jeffrey Rogador. To see his accessory collection, click on the photo gallery.