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style by Sam Potenciano

Time Travel to the ‘70s with This Vintage-Inspired Collection

Easy, effortless slips and swing dresses make up Facile’s latest ode to Parisienne chic.

Facile is a local line of uncomplicated, season-free staples that are meant to be easy like Sunday morning. Here we interview the ladies behind the brand on their latest collection.

Individually, could you describe your personal styles? Who or what are some of your major influences?

Rio Jorolan Enriquez: My style has always been a mix of feminine, masculine, and vintage elements, always accented by a pop of color, an interesting print, quirky shoes, or my go-to: bright red lips. I eschew looking too polished, too girly, too sexy, or too trendy, and instead choose basics that have a certain “quirky sophisticate” character to them.

Melissa Orozco: I like mixing things up. I don’t like confining my personal style. It’s more about keeping things comfortable. I’m drawn to prints, neutral palettes, and everything in between. I like the idea of juxtaposing, where you can pair a loud print with a muted one. Lately, I’ve been drawn to Japanese designs. I like their neutral palettes and baggy silhouettes—simple yet chic.

Did you have any specific points of reference when you were putting together this new collection?

Rio: Believe it or not, it was a vintage dress that I found in Paris two years ago that somehow shaped the direction of the new collection.

Melissa: A woman who has that nonchalant sense of style. She’ll wear a pair of sneakers with our dress and then slip on heels in the evening. Someone not so stiff in the way she dresses. The type of person who’d wear a messy bun but still look chic.   facile-2If you could imagine anyone (fictional or otherwise) that epitomizes the audience for this new collection, who would it be and why?

Rio: If I could time-travel, a French woman in the ‘70s would be the perfect girl for this collection. When I design, I definitely always have the Parisian woman in mind: Jane Birkin, Françoise Hardy, Emmanuelle Alt, Jeanne Damas, etc. If I think they wouldn’t wear it or it wouldn’t look good on the streets of Paris, then I think twice about proceeding.

Melissa: Françoise Hardy. She keeps things subtle. Her style is so easy and cool. I also noticed that she wears a lot of black and white just like our collection.

How do your new pieces fit into a Facile girl’s lifestyle? Do you imagine them worn more for everyday use or saved for special occasions?

Rio: Facile’s pieces are always designed to be fuss-free yet stylish additions to a girl’s current wardrobe. They are never loud, or gaudy, or trendy and can easily be adapted to the wearer’s personal style, whether she chooses to wear them to brunch, to a night out, on a date, or even to the park—whatever season she may find herself in.

Melissa: Like I said, it’s something you can wear with sneakers during the day and then dressed up with heels at night. It’s really about how things are paired and mixed together into a cohesive look.facile-3Facile has always been about easy silhouettes and subdued colorways. In what way has this aesthetic changed over the span of your last few collections?

Rio: This collection is a pared down yet quirkier, vintage-inspired version of the past collections.

Melissa: I think the change is really in adapting to the looks that people like while sticking to our style philosophy of easy pieces. It’s important for us to keep the brand relevant.

What is your favorite piece in the collection and how would you personally style it?

Rio: I love our Striped Slip because the shape is so easy yet the stripes give it that certain je ne sais quoi. I’ve been wearing it with sneakers, espadrilles, mid-heels, and just recently, a trench coat. It looks so good with a blazer too.

Melissa: My favorite would be the striped dress as well. White is perfect for the current season and the weather! Usually I wear a lot of black, so that’s the next best color for me. I’d definitely wear it with a pair of sneakers, simple earrings, and a necklace.

Photography by Ralph Mendoza (c/o Facile)

Sam Potenciano
Sam Potenciano
Sam is the digital editor of L’Officiel Manila. Formerly the founding editor of The Neighborhood and the editor-in-chief of Candy magazine, she is also a columnist for The Philippine Star's Young Star section. Follow her on Instagram at @sampotenciano.
style by Sam Potenciano

These Vintage-Inspired Tees are Already Cult Classics

How this indie line made it from the silver screen to the streets of Manila.

Even before indie favorite Baka Bukas made its debut at the Cinema One Originals film circuit in November, a certain visual cue from the film started making the rounds on social media. In an instant that jacket—with its unmistakable tiger patchwork and embroidery—became a symbol for the film’s particular brand of authentic, low-key cool. We spoke with the jacket’s designer, Fed Pua, about Factory, his vintage-inspired line that’s on the verge of becoming a cult classic.

Tell us about Factory. What pushed you to start the brand?
It took about a year to create the brand and produce the first collection. Factory really started because I needed more clothes. Most of my wardrobe consists of vintage pieces because I love clothes that have a story imprinted on them. You just can’t get that in fast fashion pieces. I wanted to re-create that feeling in Factory—a sense of nostalgia without blatantly ripping off vintage clothing. It’s a reimagining of these pieces with hints of what inspires me around Manila and through my travels.

What about Andy Warhol’s Factory specifically influenced your personal style and design aesthetic?
Definitely the parties held in the Silver Factory. It’s the dream party I would have never been invited to. People were more open and unapologetic about the way they dressed. Clothing, gender roles, and style weren’t homogenized. That’s what the brand and I try to exude. We want people who dress the way they wanna dress. It’s honestly not about being timeless, trendy, or stylish; It’s about being yourself.factory a1What other influences did you look at when it comes to your designs?
I’m a self-proclaimed hoarder. I love getting my hands on anything ephemeral— from travel patches, to 1950’s pulp fiction magazines, to old Philippine Airline postcards. The things I gather from my travels usually end up as the inspiration for the designs.

Besides that, it’s also about the people. The collections are inspired by and designed for my friends, people I work with, and people I can only dream of meeting.

How has having your jacket featured so prominently in Baka Bukas affected the reception to your brand? Did you expect that kind of response?
It’s been crazy! I didn’t expect people to receive the brand so well. I wasn’t initially planning to produce the collection at the time of shooting, but MJ Benitez (the stylist of the movie) really pushed for my jacket to be the signature look of Jasmine’s character Alex. The sample was literally completed hours before the first day of shooting which is why I was nervous whether it would be good enough to even be seen in public. I owe a lot to the cast and crew of Baka Bukas for being the first supporters and promoters of Factory.

Which styles are your personal favorites?
My favorite from the collection has to be the “Techniques on Photographing Girls” tee. It’s witty and youthful while still having a classic look. I used to shoot on film and this shirt just reminds me of the time I started out and kept consulting these 70’s self-help guidebooks on how to develop my own roll of film.

As for the souvenir denim jacket, that’s what’s been the most popular product in the first collection. It’s a great standout piece. It makes a statement while still being very wearable. I wear it during both casual and dressy events.factory a2When can fans look forward to your next collection?
I like working at my own pace which is why I try not to force a collection when the inspiration isn’t there. I’m trying to produce a new collection every 3 or 4 months. I’m working on Factory’s second collection right now which I’m really excited to show everyone.

What do you imagine for Factory in 2017?
I want to try experimenting with more fabrics in the next collections, and I’m planning to release more denim jackets!

Photos by Ralph Mendoza
Styling by Sam Potenciano
Modeled by Coraline Fu

Sam Potenciano
Sam Potenciano
Sam is the digital editor of L’Officiel Manila. Formerly the founding editor of The Neighborhood and the editor-in-chief of Candy magazine, she is also a columnist for The Philippine Star's Young Star section. Follow her on Instagram at @sampotenciano.
style by Sam Potenciano

Proudrace’s Secret Garden

The best little greenhouse in Makati is right in this design duo’s showroom—filled with plants that are as strange and beautiful as their work.

The first time I noticed it, I was borrowing some clothes for a photoshoot. Between pullout selections, Rik Rasos (one-half of local label Proudrace) casually stated his quiet belief that the overgrown potted plant taking up major real estate in their modest showroom was going to be the next big thing. Forget succulents, he posited, this was it.

pr4The next time I noticed it, I was at the Hub Make Lab in Escolta, eating my weight in hot hopia from down the street when I bumped into Rik and Proudrace partner Pat toting a freshly purchased kokedama (moss ball plant) from Basic Commodity. As a Libra, I will happily spend eons trying to decide whether I want something trivial or not, and that particular afternoon I had been mulling over whether I could keep a kokedama alive. Taking their concurrent purchase as a sign, I instantly decided that if they could do it, then surely I could too. (Spoiler: I couldn’t. That plant is long dead.)

The final time I noticed that Rik and Pat might be a little more than your average plant collectors, we were back in their studio shooting for this feature. By all visible accounts, their current workspace is a reflection of this low-key passion. Equal shelf space is devoted to coffee table books and art as they are to glass bottles filled with creeping vegetation. Swaths of overhanging green limbs and spiny branches flood their open balcony, which has been converted into a makeshift garden. Even their shower curtain is printed with a blown-up image of tall, unruly weeds.

proudrace-garden“We source the plants from all over the place,” Pat shares, “From local and overseas trips to other plant collectors and importers. Some specimens we even pick from the wild.” Rik recounts that once at a spa the pair even offered to buy a few plants that were on display. He admits that while he appreciates the presence of greenery in their workspace, it’s Pat who is the true plant authority among the two of them—even going so far as to get up in the middle of the night just to purchase one.

pr5“It was a variegated astrophytum onzuka hybrid that was imported from Japan,” Pat explains, “The seller only had 4 specimens and wasn’t accepting reservations, so I trooped out at 4am during a storm to secure the pick of the batch. It was rare and ugly beautiful and worth it.”

I ask whether such extreme lengths are the norm when it comes to these unique purchases. “I wouldn’t call it extreme,” Pat says, “Researching and scouting for rare specimens is really fun if that’s your thing. For me, it’s normal.” Rik, however, disagrees. “I think it’s extreme when you brave a storm just for a specific plant! All I can say is that 4am was way too early and that plant is now nowhere to be found.”

While the resident Proudrace pets (a Pug named Lisbon and a British Shorthair named Brutus) are specifically all black to avoid getting visible pet hair on their similarly all black pieces, the plants are an exception. “When it comes to clothes we prefer them more nondescript and basic, but for our plants—the weirder looking the better. For us, ugly and grotesque plants are more interesting.”

So how do they manage to keep their ever growing botanical collection from, well, pushing daisies? “I group them together in our balcony according to their sunlight and water requirements. Some can only be watered twice a year while others have to be watered twice a day. The key is to learn how to check each specimen and adjust their care accordingly.” Pat says sagely. He adds: “Also, trial and error! I just cross my fingers and hope that the plants that die on me aren’t the rare and expensive ones.”

Photography by Ralph Mendoza

Sam Potenciano
Sam Potenciano
Sam is the digital editor of L’Officiel Manila. Formerly the founding editor of The Neighborhood and the editor-in-chief of Candy magazine, she is also a columnist for The Philippine Star's Young Star section. Follow her on Instagram at @sampotenciano.