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November 1, 2012

Rajo Laurel x The Dandy Project

I was working on a little collaboration with Manila’s top designer Rajo Laurel, which I had shared with you a few months ago, and after deliberation, and going back and forth from New York to Manila with phone pictures and lengthy e-mails, we went for the first choice: a breezy lapel-less jacket in overdyed dark gray pineapple fabric, lined in soft washed silk, and decorated with traditional Ivatan “chicken-scratch” embroidery.  I’d say it embodies modern Filipiniana in the way it showcases Philippine fabrics and embroidery, and Rajo’s refined finishing, while seamlessly working with my wardrobe of relaxed dark clothes.  Somebody please throw a dinner party, I can’t wait to wear it out and let you touch it.

piña cloth jacket by Rajo Laurel, COS t-shirt, Damir Doma sarouel pants, Guidi shoes

traditional “chicken scratch” embroidery of the Ivatan tribe

I loved the singular mother-of-pearl button with the iridescent bumps that almost make it look like it was set with jewels.

and the sheer pockets that are both delicate and functional. (rings: vintage and 22design studio)

Guidi kangaroo-leather derbies. Everyday, with everything.

My warmest thank-you’s to Rajo Laurel and Martin Yambao.

photographs by Mikee Tuason


  • Duck
    November 1st, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    And we can wait to touch you! (One day).

    P.S. Kangaroo!

  • Martin
    November 1st, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Gor-juss! I’m really glad it fight right in with your wardrobe! Inspired lewk!

  • Patrick Wilson
    November 1st, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Very nicely made! Looks good on you.

  • Giuliano
    November 2nd, 2012 at 5:03 am


  • rajo
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Such a real pleasure working with a great sartorial mind like yourself! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Danny
    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:26 pm


  • Hannah
    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Wow, I love it!

  • Danny
    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:28 pm


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