The Philippines is brimming with talent, and this mix of new brands and up-and-coming designers is enough proof. Whether you need a style refresh or are looking for something more unique and different, here's a list of the best new Filipino menswear brands you need on your radar.
After a conversation about shared clothes, Eustacia's Stacy Rodriguez and Carlos del Prado decided to put up EC. Its first collection is a study of utility and follows the philosophy of unisex clothes.
2. Fortune W.W.D.
Fortune W.W.D's Aren Pe is no stranger to the industry. In 2015, he started streetwear label S/S Supply Goods. Now, he turns his attention to more utilitarian and functional style clothing. "War is Hell, Heaven Can Wait," the debut collection, is yet to launch but already, you can tell that it will be a hit. From the army-influenced color palette to the jumpsuits and overalls, it's definitely one of the brands to know this year.
3. Kelvin Morales
With his classic men's silhouettes updated with eye-catching embroidery, it's no surprise that designer Kelvin Morales has attracted the attention of the fashion set. His latest collection features tons of electric blue, different textures, and details that hark to Filipino culture. You've probably seen his clothing on celebrities such as Unique Salonga and James Reid.
After a breakout year, Toqa is still going strong. A project by Isabel Sicat and Aiala Valdovino, Toqa, as it says, "focuses on creating sustainable high fashion." The brand takes inspiration from the tropics but has an athletic touch. Really, it is a mash-up of striking prints, exaggerated details, and textures that somehow manage to work together.
5. Ched Studio
There's something inherently Filipino about Ched Studio's clothing—a tropical-style detail here, some embroidery there. It's that touch, along with Christian Edward Dalogaog's artisanal approach, that's probably catapulted the brand to international recognition. The latest collection, "Manila: Reflection of the Past in Contemporary Fashion," draws inspiration from the sentimentality of past and early memories.
*This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.