Working Like a Dream
Walking miles in Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez’s stylish shoes
Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez is a woman of multiple roles. In many ways, she is equal parts entrepreneur, mother of two, trendsetter, wife, and globetrotter.
We catch her in the middle of a busy day, right before another meeting. She steps into the room in a black jumpsuit, its top asymmetrical, skyhigh heels, and statement earrings. No doubt, hers is a style that honors the sophistication of the classics and, at the same time, challenges the rules of fashion as we know it.
“I would like to think my style in fashion is similar to my style with interiors,” Kienle-Gonzalez says. “I love mixing something classic and feminine with something edgy.”
A typical day in her heels is jam-packed but full of color as she shuffles up and down the metro. As the head of sales, marketing, and business development of Philux, her family’s furniture company, she finds herself surrounded by creatives and visual people of all kinds. Half the week she spends at the company’s factory, and the rest is dedicated to visiting the five Philux showrooms dispersed throughout Manila.
“Right now, I’m trying to find my regular routine again,” she says. “I’m balancing raising my two daughters, and working at the same time.”
For the interview, we catch her right before she boards her plane to New Zealand. If she’s not working in Manila, she is off seeing the world either as a leisurely vacation with her family or on a business trip. She fills her Instagram feed with snapshots of her voyages, fun times with her family, and of course her styled interiors and ensembles. Earlier this year, she returned from a trip to the African continent. A couple of Tanzanian masks purchased as a souvenir of a family trip hangs in her home.
While her circle of friends and co-workers are forward-thinkers, it’s her family that inspires her the most. When she’s not working, she spends time with her husband and their two beautiful daughters, Bucci and Elle.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. And in the close-knit, central neighborhood of Rockwell, she has found a place where she can dash off to a lunch meeting and, after a long work day, enjoy quality time with her family.