De­signer Jo­hann Manas proves that jumping from one ca­reer to another, then to another, isn’t so bad at all

Fash­ion de­signer Jo­hann Manas shows that be­ing lost isn’t such a bad thing


The past two times that I’ve spo­ken with Tokyo-based fash­ion de­signer Jo­hann Manas, he’s al­ways about to leave Manila. For the past six months, he’s had both feet in both ci­ties, work­ing on his own de­signer la­bel Jman, along with a soon-to-be-re­leased col­lab­o­ra­tion with re­tail brand Hu­man. The first time we met in early June, ev­ery­thing was still hush-hush, but two months later, he al­lowed him­self to be a lit­tle more forth­com­ing. “It’s a cap­sule col­lec­tion, more or less 12 pieces. With the help of my graphic artist here in Tokyo, I pro­duced a unique and orig­i­nal graphic print for this col­lec­tion. I would say it is uniquely Jman. The sim­ple sil­hou­ettes are very Jman.”

“In terms of ca­reer and be­ing my­self, I’m still in the stage of learn­ing. I have a long way to go, so don’t be afraid to learn. Keep learn­ing and if you have ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion abroad, go ahead.”

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