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Carla Si­son on the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind her cloth­ing brand, Àraw.

FASh­ion bAck­GrounD I was the mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor for Fred Perry and SOTO Berlin be­fore set­ting up my brand, Áraw. cur­rent

FASh­ion wiSh­liSt Perks and Mini asym­met­ri­cal pink bomber jacket, So­phie Buhai Arp ear­rings, Acne Stu­dios Brigitte pumps. ev­ery­DAy Style Áraw apron or pain­ter jump­suit with leather san­dals or Con­verse high-top sneak­ers. trAvel Style eS­Sen­tiAlS Eairth Man­daya ki­mono, Mat­teau Swim petite tri­an­gle bikini, a white pain­ter jump­suit, Ma­jorelle skirt, apron top, Tropa leather vi­sor, ba­sic T-shirts, and Ae­sop ev­ery­thing. work

Style eS­Sen­tiAlS Jump­suits. They’re no brain­ers. Com­fort­able shoes be­cause I’m al­ways run­ning around. A tote bag big enough for my lap­top.

FA­vorite FASh­ion Movie Amer­i­can Gigolo. I wanted both Richard Gere’s and Lau­ren Hut­ton’s wardrobes in that film. The color pal­ette, the sil­hou­ettes— ev­ery­thing was just per­fect. eAr­li­eSt FASh­ion MeM­ory Wear­ing mus­tard over­alls at 5 years old, thanks to my in­fat­u­a­tion with ’90s hip-hop. Now that I think about it, it could be a ma­jor in­flu­ence in Áraw and my ob­ses­sion with jumpers. De­Scribe your Style Never pol­ished, al­ways sim­ple and thrown to­gether. Menswear-in­flu­enced, so al­ways com­fort­able.

FA­vorite brAnDS Acne Stu­dios, Le­maire, Eairth, Uniqlo, and Ae­sop. FA­vorite ShopS I love ukay-ukay here. That’s where I’ve found all my best pieces. Abroad, I like the con­cept of The Line in New York—it’s set up like a beau­ti­ful aparment with ex­quis­ite fur­ni­ture in SoHo. Their in-house brands Pro­tag­o­nist and Khaite are sim­ple and el­e­gant mixed with beau­ti­ful ac­ces­sories from So­phie Buhi and cool de­sign ob­jects. Maryam Nas­sir Zadeh, also in New York, is re­ally fun and play­ful but still wear­able. I love their shoes and their grow­ing in-house col­lec­tion. They too stock my fa­vorite brands. In Swe­den there’s Tres-Bien—it’s only menswear but their styling and the high-low prod­uct mix is great and some­thing I would love to cre­ate for women. FASh­ion phi­loS­o­phy Don’t try too hard. Keep it sim­ple. Jux­ta­pose. I like to off­set my looks. If I feel too made up with my out­fit I’ll do messy hair and no make up or pair it down with sneak­ers, I’ll dress up a ba­sic jump­suit with in­ter­est­ing ear­rings, team a gown with a men’s blazer, or I’ll take linen which is nor­mally quite airy and flowy and turn it into a more struc­tured sil­hou­ette. FASh­ion in­Flu­enceS I’m al­ways in­flu­enced by the city that I’m in, the style, the cul­ture, the ar­chi­tec­ture, and of course the weather. I think now I’ve re­ally taken those in­fluenes and come into my own. I grew up in Mel­bourne and Aus­tralian style is so laid-back and easy. Then I moved to Berlin, which is heav­ily into streetwear. Now that I find my­self in the Philip­pines, I’m in­spired by all the color and my need to wear things that are easy breezy. I think it be­comes quite ev­i­dent in Áraw. Style iconS Tina Chow—I love her mas­cu­line style yet she al­ways looks so el­e­gant. She was so unique to her time and even now. Jane Birkin, the pic­ture of the 1970s, my fa­vorite time in fash­ion. Al­ways easy­go­ing and ef­fort­less. Kate Moss—I hate to be cliché but she’s been the style icon for decades with good rea­son. I love ’90s min­i­mal Kate Moss, also an­other huge fash­ion mo­ment that in­flu­ences my style. SiG­nA­ture Ac­ceS­SorieS: My Áraw fan and leather Tropa vi­sor. FirSt biG SplurGe A Scan­lan & Theodore leather jacket. I was mov­ing to the Philip­pines and didn’t re­ally need it, but it’s time­less. i cAn’t live

with­out… Sneak­ers. I live in my Steve Jobs New Balance 990s and I can wear them to the gym and in my day-to-day. With the trend mov­ing to­ward the “ugly sneak­ers,” I guess they could soon be seen as cool.

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