Rajo Laurel is one of the Philippines’ major fashion talents with a rapidly growing international reputation. Aya Maceda visited him at his atelier and asked him about his work and his five favourite places in his home town of Makati City
Words: Aya Maceda
Photography: Kurt Arnold
Tucked discreetly in the back streets of Makati City is the House of Laurel, Filipino fashion designer, Rajo Laurel’s atelier. A minimal 3-level grey contemporary building, it is home to his showroom, studio, library, salon, production, and seamstress workrooms. Here, he discusses current projects, his home, design hunts and inspiration, as he and his team put together the final touches to his new collection.
Rajo Laurel is one of Philippine’s noted fashion designers currently gaining international attention. New York Fashion Institute of Technology-trained Laurel made his mark dressing the country’s most sophisticated women in his avant-garde creations.
Fifteen years into his career, the Rajo Laurel name has become a brand exuding luxury and elegance. In response to a growing fast-paced international clientele, he has recently ventured into a new jewellery line, a streamlined ready-to-wear line for men and women and an online store.
Stretching his creative reach, he also now has a linen line and designs brilliantly tailored uniforms for the hospitality and airline industries.
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