Header Photo: Anton Medalla wearing Andres Patchwork Polo in White by Viña Romero
Wear our culture with these fresh takes on the barong.
Give your wardrobe the gift of a makeover with these homegrown barong brands from Rustan’s. Express artistic flair while embodying Filipino culture, all without sacrificing quality or style.
Check out these labels and add them to your rotation of formalwear:
Kelvin Morales’ pieces focus on artistic narratives and peculiar forms. Trained in classic fashion but with an avant-garde sensibility, the designer maintains an interesting balance between modern and traditional tailoring techniques.
Kelvin Morales’ collections boast hand-embroidered designs and unconventional silhouettes made from silk cocoons that allow the wearer to stand out from the crowd. The Manila-based designer supports local tailors and craftsmen by constantly experimenting with local fabrics and materials.
With its bold colors and witty designs, Randolf draws inspiration from 90’s music videos and humor surrounding local pop culture, creating a truly unique identity for each collection. Thought-provoking and humorous at the same time, contemporary designer RJ Santos’ bold and creative pieces fit the man who likes to make a statement while looking stylish.
Randolf has also taken steps to reduce waste since its conception by recycling scrap fabrics from different designers and turning their white fabrics into graphic bespoke fabrics, which are then used to produce the collections.
With her designs rooted in structured femininity and masculinity, Designer Viña Romero redefines her pieces to suit any age, body type, and market.
The designer combines the clean lines and bold characteristics of menswear with the graceful and delicate features of womenswear to create a new perspective on gender norms in the sartorial world. Tailored for quietly confident individuals, her pieces can be worn on any occasion with a classic timeless look.
Raquel’s Piña Cloth
With the versatile nature of the soft and delicate piña fiber— the queen of the Philippine textiles— Aklan-based piña weaver Raquel utilizes the material to create luxuriant pieces that are as easy to wear as they are beautiful to look at.
The crucial and intricate processes are what make each piece uniquely exquisite, from the weaving process to the meticulous hand embroidery. Every step is done with utmost care and precision to preserve the rich texture and delicate quality of the cloth.
Filipino clothing brand Barong II, which has been in the embroidery industry for over 43 years, continues to make waves in the market today.
Committed to drawing more ideas and styles from Philippine heritage, the brand continues to push the boundaries of traditional fashion without sacrificing its distinct brand of elegance and timelessness. Each piece is crafted with precision and timeless beauty in mind, ensuring that every look is just as stylish as it is unique.
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