Business of Passion
I remember sitting atop a pattern-making table that my mom had in her dress shop, set up in my grandmother’s place in Dasmariñas Village; I was a toddler then. After it closed, my mom opened the fashion and dressmaking school Golden Hands, and in my tweens, I loved going with her to fabric stores whenever I wanted some clothes made. Now, I work in the fashion industry— well, I don’t make clothes, but I’m passionate about fashion and everything that goes with it. And I never really thought about how this connects to what my mom did until I started working on this issue.
Jewelry is the focus this month and how it passed on across generations. My favorite brand is Jewelmer. After all, isn’t the pearl our national stone? But mostly, I like the brand because not only has the business been passed down through generations but also its industry of pearl farming. It’s a trade that gets inherited, like jewelry.
In this issue, we also feature the fairest of the pieces presented at design fair Maison & Objet, Issey Miyake’s latest collaboration, and a snippet about the lost jewels from the Marcos era.
I’ve learned that nothing is coincidence; passion gets passed on. What are you passing down to your kids?