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source of in­spi­ra­tion if you mean what makes me carry on day-to-day, that would be my fam­ily, of course! but i find that an el­e­gantly turned phrase, won­der­ful art, and walk­ing around a city for the first time do make me feel good to be alive.

great­est pro­fes­sional in­flu­ence

i’m not sure if this counts, but work­ing closely with lisa and dindin, whether sound­ing them off on new ideas or try­ing to con­vince them to go with some­thing i feel strongly about, have brought me fur­ther than i thought pos­si­ble in terms of achiev­ing my own per­sonal goals for our projects.

most ad­mired de­sign­ers

in terms of fash­ion, i think i would have to go with calvin klein: clean lines, el­e­gant sil­hou­ettes, time­less cuts. i en­joy the spa­ces cre­ated by axel ver­vo­ordt for his affin­ity to both the vis­ual and dec­o­ra­tive arts. lately, i’ve been fol­low­ing the work of ash­ley hicks. i’m not quite sure if i get him yet, but i do en­joy see­ing the ob­jects he puts to­gether, like his totems.

ways to dis­cover new things

mak­ing full use of my sub­scrip­tion to the new york

times, and what­ever the dig­i­tal equiv­a­lent is of read­ing it from cover to cover: news, art, style, books, travel, what don’t they cover?

things on your work desk

just my lap­top. i work from any­where.

most used tool in your line of work

my lap­top and ipad—how lucky that we live in an age when one has the op­por­tu­nity to view art on­line, 24/7.

your idea of the per­fect home?

walls filled with art and a

cozy chair to curl up with my kin­dle.

fa­vorite part of your house?

right now it would have to be the cor­ner of the den where i can en­joy my bu­l­uls.

fa­vorite stores

on­line, there’s far­fetch or matches. for lo­cal brick and mor­tar es­tab­lish­ments, there’s lcp and aphro.

style icons

cur­rently, i would have to say vic­to­ria beck­ham: un­fussy, solid col­ors, the cut of her clothes carry the day. there’s also wal­lis, the duchess of wind­sor, whose out­fits look as chic to­day as they did 80 years ago when she stole a king’s heart.

de­scribe your style

usu­ally spare, with a pop of de­tail that’s slightly off-kil­ter. i like dress­ing from the feet up.

some­thing you’d never leave home with­out a piece of state­ment jewelry, noth­ing fancy: my stack of ban­gles, a cock­tail ring, or a pair of dan­gling ear­rings. they don’t have to be any­thing of high value, just some­thing to seal an out­fit.

fash­ion or de­sign trend you wish would go away the pa­jama look, maybe be­cause i’m not par­tial to small flo­ral prints. fa­vorite web­site my guilty plea­sure is a site called the royal or­der of sar­to­rial splen­dor. i have a fas­ci­na­tion for euro­pean royal his­tory (i can tell you the names of all the grand­chil­dren of the queen of den­mark and name all the english sov­er­eigns since wil­liam the con­queror) and this site sat­is­fies my in­ter­est in both fash­ion and roy­alty.

who do you fol­low on in­sta­gram?

aside from all the ma­jor mu­se­ums and gal­leries in the world and su­per­star artists like ai wei wei,

ola­fur mu­rakami, elias­son, i also and en­joy takashi the posts of fash­ion per­son­al­i­ties like suzy menkes, el­iz­a­beth tnt, and the lsd.

fa­vorite phone app


fa­vorite part of manila you’d bring guests de­pends on the guests, but i usu­ally get re­quests to go around the gal­leries and mu­se­ums.

fa­vorite city to visit

in the past year, i sup­pose that it’s been new york. but i ac­tu­ally pre­fer to visit some­where i’ve never been be­fore.

Arty EX­IS­tEncE clock­wise from left: plates and gob­lets by Jon and tessy pet­tyjohn; a few art books; art­work by yas­min Sison with ob­jects by Geral­dine Javier, ron­ald Ven­tura, pa­tri­cia Eus­taquio, and Mar­i­ano ching on the ta­ble and a Jose tence ruiz sculp­ture on the side; her fa­vorite area at home, with a newly ac­quired bu­lul; a col­lec­tion of tribal masks.

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