Feli­cia Atienza

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When feli­cia atienza gets dressed in the morn­ing, she has to con­sider the 46 dogs, 20 snakes and count­less igua­nas and geckos she shares her house with. “I have three kids and a lot of an­i­mals jump­ing on me—so I need to have a min­i­mal­ist sense of style if I want my clothes to sur­vive,” she says with a laugh. “But I would also say that my out­fits re­flect some­thing of who I am in that they’re sleek and quite pro­fes­sional, but not too dis­tract­ing.” Very lit­tle could dis­tract from Atienza’s ca­reer, which has been re­mark­ably suc­cess­ful in a num­ber of fields. She started her work­ing life as a stock­bro­ker work­ing for JP Mor­gan in New York, fol­lowed by a stint at Mer­rill Lynch in Lon­don. It was there that Atienza de­cided to raise the cap­i­tal to buy the Philip­pines branch of Mer­rill Lynch and cre­ate a pri­vate bank in Manila. She was a di­rec­tor there for a num­ber of years be­fore selling it to Bank of Amer­ica. With the pro­ceeds, she opened the Chi­nese In­ter­na­tional School Manila, an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed school that teaches chil­dren Man­darin from a young age. In her free time, Atienza works at the school or adopts aban­doned an­i­mals from res­cue shel­ters with her hus­band, who makes doc­u­men­taries fo­cused on weather and wildlife. “I was very flat­tered to be given this award, as I was such a tomboy grow­ing up and never re­ally thought of my­self as fash­ion­able. I al­ways wanted to be the smart one or the ath­letic one rather than the pretty one. I grew into fash­ion later in life, and it’s now be­come a pas­sion along­side an­i­mal wel­fare and ed­u­ca­tion.”

This page: Top and skirt by Rosie As­soulin; La Strada ring in white gold by Chopard (right hand); Atienza’s own ring (left hand) and ear­rings (worn through­out)

Open­ing spread: Shirt by Anne Fon­taine

Group photo: Gown by Inno Sotto

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