Work­ing Like a Dream

Walk­ing miles in Stephanie Kienle-Gon­za­lez’s stylish shoes

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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.

WORDS BELLE O. MAPA PHOTOGRAPHY NICCO SAN­TOS

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