From Unif0rm’s vibrant ensembles to Aire’s tropical blazers, Vogue Philippines gives you a rundown of the minimalist Filipino brands that should be on your radar.
As the next season approaches, refreshing your wardrobe is always a good way to be more intentional. While a capsule wardrobe can mean different things for many people, certain minimalist items that can be styled a multitude of ways can be a great starting point. Many minimalist wardrobes also often use a neutral color palette: black, beige, cream, navy, and forest green tones and combine them with foundational silhouettes for a refined pared-back look. For more inspiration, brands like The Row, Jil Sander, Tibi, and Bottega Veneta have proven time and time again less is more. In the local scene, many brands are also offering cool, clean classics.
Modern and relaxed, Unif0rm’s collections comprise of stylish staples with a sustainable philosophy at its core. Scraps from each garment are made into common household items such as pillows, rugs, masks, and hair accessories for the label’s team to avoid material waste. With lightweight printed blouses, color-blocked frocks, monochrome combinations, and striped coordinates, Unif0rm elevates mundane closet essentials to fashion-forward ensembles.
Harlan & Holden
Founded in 2015, Harlan & Holden merges comfort and ease with their essential silhouettes. Focusing on long-lasting pieces, the homegrown label’s collections comprise of wardrobe heroes such as boxy tops, fitted trousers, tunic dresses, and jersey shorts in joy-inducing colors and basic shades. Their latest offering, “Postcards Collection,” embodies the relaxed and light-hearted spirit of beach dressing. Through versatility, these sorbet-hued vacation-ready ensembles are an escape to the summer holidays for those with busy lifestyles.
Post-pandemic, individuals are starting to look towards loose silhouettes and roomy pieces for a comfortable return to fashion. Embracing simplicity, designer Patty Ang veers away from her statement made-to-measure creations and offers her own take on modern everyday essentials with Patton. Coinciding with the changes in fashion and a focus on one’s lifestyle, the label’s collections consist of neutral bodysuits, utilitarian ensembles, and cozy cotton pieces. Through quality and enduring styles, Ang proves that the soft dressing trend is here to stay.
A local menswear line made from discarded pineapple leaves, Aire is a new approach to tropical dressing. Breathable, crisp, and functional, founders Mike and Banj Claparols puts emphasis on Philippine fabrics to create a summery collection in soothing hues. Laidback styles are merged with natural fibers and regenerative farm practices for the eco-conscious buyers within all of us. From tailored blazers to monocolored ensembles that inject a pop of color to one’s repertoire, this sustainable label deserves a place in your versatile wardrobe.