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Situated at the far end of subculture hub, Cubao Expo, is UVLA—the garment trove and workspace of budding fashion designer Tin Yu. Upholstered on her roughly painted walls is an installation of sorts: from an eerie array of animal skulls and tree barks to her collection of ethereal paintings, posters, fabric scraps and countless art pieces. Peeking through this artist-turned-fashion designer’s loosely hinged doors and glass windows, you’ll see her charmingly curated art nook, neatly cluttered with furniture and design elements.

my grandmother is a seamstress and we have maids who also knew how to sew.

Stepping out of her familiar media, painting and art, she decides to make the big leap to creating clothes when she took up fashion design at the College of St. Benilde. A recent graduate, Yu has ventured into fashion; the very idea and process of making garments intrigued her. Growing up, her surrounding environment consisted of women with a knack for making clothes: her grandmother, a seamstress; house helpers fond of sewing; and friends with the same passion. Yu’s eclectic likes, from experimental to high-end— Rei Kawakobo, the local art scene (MM YU’s work), and her recurring aesthetic inspirations composed of science books, architecture and organic patterns—influence her on a daily basis. She makes sure her body of work is not only aesthetically pleasing and form fitting, but above all functional. She wants her clients to be anything but self-conscious about wearing her clothes more than once, on consecutive days. Yu creates pieces that depict fresh, youthful women adorned in delicate textures and oddly placed patterns gelled together and outlined with feminine silhouettes.

STACHE: Can you describe your personal style? Very minimalist. I like comfy fabric such as chambray, eyelets, and cotton; I also like breezy, flow-y garments and long dresses. My style is highly driven by the climate too.

STACHE: When did you start making clothes? Tin Yu: I used to make clothes for cats back in grade school and I suppose my interest all started there plus the fact that

STACHE: What are your influences in design? I don’t really have a fashion icon; I refrain from following trends because I know that as a newbie in this industry I can’t really keep up with trends for now. I guess I work more around the practicality of the garment and also with the way I treat the fabric.

STACHE: Can you describe your aesthetic in fashion design? I somehow project my personal style to the clothes I create. I really prioritize form and function and I work around wellchosen fabric. Basta, I want my clients to be able to wear my clothes more than once and feel good in them. STACHE: Do you have a client base? How do you promote your line through different media? I cater to women of all ages; I don’t really want to focus on a certain age group because that would be constricting. Right now, I’m working on some dresses for a wedding. And I usually cater to women. I do mostly casual dresses, but it gets seasonal too when it comes to the demand of my customers. My most busy days are prom season and weddings. As for promotion, hindi ako masyadong aggressive because as a new designer, I’m still scared to market myself because I’m not sure if I can really keep up with the trends and the demands as they arise. For now I rely on word of mouth, previous clients,

Stache October 2013  

Fashion issue with fashion illustrator Daryl Feril on the cover. Also featuring Sunny Gu, Karolina Debosz, articles on routines, introspecti...