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Designer Spotlight: RafĒ New York

Rafe Totengco heralds the warm season with hot new pieces.
Designer Spotlight: RafĒ New York Rafe Totengco heralds the warm season with hot new pieces.

It's remarkable how successful Rafe Totengco has become. All the fashion design and entrepreneurship awards he has garnered over the years since he started his eponymous brand of women's handbags, shoes, and small leather goods all gleamingly attest to his bravura as a designer. Here's one creative businessman who by dint of hard work and unfailing passion has infiltrated the international fashion retail market, making his name synonymous with beautiful, wearable, and bankable art.

This month marks the release of his newest collection of women's handbags and shoes for spring 2010. Playful, colorful and resort-ready, the pieces invoke the exuberance of the season. Dominant are materials that are unmistakably Filipino, which confirms the value of our local materials and crafts in the eyes of the foreign market. With every turn in every season, Rafe reminds us that although New York has a commercial territorial hold on him, his heart remains in his country.

Continue reading to find out more about him, and click on the photo gallery to see his spring 2010 collection.

Click here to see Rafē New York's Store Directory.