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