Hear us out: Buying a designer piece is almost the same as investing. You shell out big bucks for quality threads that will last you long and can be worn on more than one occasion. But at the mention of the word "designer," one would automatically think that the garment has to be imported and shipped from overseas. That said, let's not forget about our very own local talents.
If you're a newbie at shopping for local designer goods, then you're in luck! Below, we rounded up Filipino designers with their own prêt-à-porter lines (a.k.a. ready-to-wear). But just how much will you need to shell out to own their creation? We've done the work for you—read on to find out their different price ranges. You're welcome!
1. Mark Bumgarner
Head on over to Mark Bumgarner's Greenbelt 5 boutique if you're looking for ladylike pieces. While the race car driver-turned-designer is known for his ballgowns and corseted bodices, his ready-to-wear line is brimming with everyday pieces that will make you feel like a princess just the same. Elevate your daily wear with his cute tops that bear statement bows, wrap dresses made from luxe fabrics, and trousers you can wear from day to night. What's more, Mark has made his store into a one-stop shop for all your fashion needs. Finish your OOTDs with handcrafted bags and jewelry you'll love a long time.
Mark's ready-to-wear pieces range from P4000 to P18,000. His base price will get you a designer tee that's perfect to start your capsule wardrobe full of key investment pieces.
Where to buy: Mark Bumgarner Greenbelt 5, Makati; Chimes, Davao City; Bellemoda, Cagayan De Oro
2. Rajo Laurel
Rajo Laurel is a fave among many fashion insiders for his unique eye for detail and innate creative ingenuity. Now, if you want a piece of his work in your closet—but don't have enough funds (yet) for a custom piece—then we suggest you take your pick at his Rajo store where the designer releases ready-to-wear garments that are just as well-made and thoughtfully designed at limited runs.
Hewitt Top, P5295, RAJO LAUREL, rajolaurel.com
Where to buy: The Rajo Store Power Plant Mall; Shangri-La Plaza Mall; Ayala Malls Vertis North
3. Charina Sarte
Charina Sarte's name rings a loud bell nowadays as her pieces are extra popular amongst her long list of celebrity clientele. Many A-list stars have made Charina's RTW line their go-to place for trendy pieces. In fact, we've spotted some of them twinning on various occasions! The designer has a knack for being ahead of the trend curve and has found a sweet spot in creating unique but wearable pieces for the fashionista in you.
Carlota top, P8000, CHARINA SARTE, Greenbelt 5
Charina's base price starts at P8000 to P10,000 for her common tops, but you'll need to shell out around P15,000 to P18,000 to get your hands on her designer frocks.
Where to buy: Charina Sarte Greenbelt 5, Makati City; charinasarte.com
4. Patricia Santos
Patricia Santos has made a name for herself with her gorgeous evening wear and bridal gowns that accentuate a woman's best assets. Now, she's dabbling with ready-to-wear pieces that are also an instant hit among celebs. Through her PS Officiel line, she brings her ethereal couture aesthetic to create everyday dainty pieces that are sure to be headturners,
Patricia's RTW line runs along the same price range as Charina's. PS Officiel pieces start at around P8,200 to P13,000 for simple tops, dresses, and skirts. Meanwhile, her special occasion pieces range from P14,000 to P26,500.
Where to buy: PSofficiel.com; Unit 1601, High Street South Corporate Plaza, 26th Street Corner 9th Avenue, BGC, Taguig City
5. Vania Romoff
Vania's atelier promises modern romanticism, which the designer translates into ultra wearable but sophisticated RTW pieces you can wear to just about anywhere: brunch dates, weekend getaways, and even evening affairs. Vania's ready-to-wear line boasts of timeless pieces that are worth every penny, if you ask us! Her pieces can easily meld into your existing wardrobe and bring a certain contemporary flair to it, too.
Baby doll dress, P16,250, VANIA ROMOFF, Power Plant
Vania's frocks and tops start and P8,600 and could go up to P19,000.
Where to buy: Vania Romoff Power Plant, Rockwell Drive, Makati; vaniaromoff.ph
6. Patty Ang
You may have heard of Patty Ang's name because of her statement feathered garments and eye-catching beadwork, and we're glad to report that the designer also has a ready-to-wear line that carries a slew of elevated classic pieces you can wear to work or for your everyday OOTD.
Tempo ivory top, P6500, PATTY ANG, Power Plant
Patty's RTW line will have you choosing left and right, from cool tops made from luxe fabrics to her modern takes on classic pieces. Her basic embellished tee starts at P6500 while dressy tops start at P8500. Other garments like trousers, rompers, skirts, and dresses retail from P12,500 and up.
Where to buy: Patty Ang Power Plant, Rockwell Drive, Makati; UPH2, 16th Floor, W Tower, North Bonifacio Triangle, 39th Street, Taguig City; pattyang.com
7. Carl Jan Cruz
When we talk about designer denim, it's hard not to think about Carl Jan Cruz. After all, in a sea of mundane denim pieces, you'll get enamored by his deconstructed and raw take on this beloved fabric. But apart from his creative spin on denims, CJ Cruz is also known for his work on poplin, twill, and the good ol' T-shirt—all treated with his signature exaggerated and exposed stitching.
Jan shell jacket in Edition 0 denim, $395 (approximately P20,028), CARL JAN CRUZ, carljancruz.com
Carl Jan Cruz releases new collections season after season but his classic pieces are available all year round. Tees start at $65 (approximately P3295); his famous shell jackets starts at $395 (approximately P20,028); and his signature cuffed jeans start at $312 (approximately P15,819).