Clients usually like a controlled environment, thus a studio setup is the go-to scenario.

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I need not elaborate on what harsh conditions can be brought about by an outdoor shoot with unpredictable weather. But, it is in my vision as an artist to have cities as my backdrops.

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KM43 is a slow fashion label focused on gaining appreciation for local weaves and textiles around the Philippines.

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One of the things I love about working with home-grown brands is that there is great room for flexible creativity. Much things can be done with a small and efficient team. When I met Kana Manglapus of KM43, it was early in the morning in the streets of Poblacion, Makati. I quickly agreed to do the shoot because it was something no other fashion brand has approached me for before.

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So when Kana approached me, I immediately said “Let’s do it!” I don’t think I even let her finish her explanation because I already sympathized with her vision.

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I was beyond happy for her when this brand hit the circuits of The Hollywood Reporter and WWD. I’m sharing these photos because I find her style so sincere and I hope that her brand goes a long way up!

 

Brand: KM43
Makeup by: Sydney Helmsley
Photos by: RitzMarie Creative Studio

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