Thursday, August 27, 2009
when noel crisostomo first e-mailed us, we have to confess we had never heard of him. he told us he was a filipino-canadian designer who had just set up shop in manila. he sent us his press kit from where we learned a little bit more about him: born in manila. learned how to sew from his mother, who made clothes for her eight children. made his first pair of pants at age 10. got his first job as illustrator for a boutique in ali mall. took architecture at UST. immigrated to canada in 1985. studied fashion at ryerson university. in 1990, represented canada in paris at the concours internationale de jeunes createur du mode. worked for zapata, become head designer for a menswear brand, launched his own label crisostomo in 1996. became a design teacher, joined club monaco, worked with sunny choi, then later ports 1961. as you can see the guy has a lot of experience under his, er, belt. in late 2007, he came back to manila and eventually set up shop here. after a little e-mail correspondence, we finally met him last month at the fashion show of filipino-australian designer leonardo salinas. here he is with ruby gan of schu wearing one of his creations: if you like what you see, check out his stuff at noelcrisostomo.com. and if you like what you see there, then go see them in person! noel will have a booth at tomorrow's urban bazaar at rockwell! till sunday!