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December 27, 2012

Borgy Manotoc

I found a kindred spirit in Borgy Manotoc: poster prince of the Philippines and grandson of the ever-iconic Imelda Marcos.  Just like me, Borgy picks out fabrics and has his tailor turn them into shirts, he dyes his clothes, and even designs his own signet rings.  His style is effortlessly eclectic, and he brings this sense of ease in the many projects he is involved in: modelling, design, social media consulting, and management of the franchise of Dr. Martens in Manila.  He is an invaluable force in the growing Manila creative scene.  Borgy was both arrestingly handsome and impossibly talkative; shooting him was a riot.

Borgy Manotoc in a shirt of his own design, gray cutoff shorts, and brown suede Vans chukkas

Borgy picked out this print at the textile market in Kamuning and had his tailor fashion it into a short-sleeve shirt with kangaroo pockets.

signet rings in silver and horn, both of his own design

I always like the air of casual-cool that a pair of Vans brings to an outfit. These chukkas in brown suede are a pair to consider.

Borgy Manotoc in a Prada suit, Comme des Garcons shirt, and YSL shoes

“like a boy bored at prom”

These YSL shoes in 100% molded rubber are deceptively clever.

Borgy Manotoc in a vintage suede shirt, Greyhound pants, Dr. Martens boots, and an Hermes Herbag—a present from his mother Imee Marcos. 1. I’ve never seen this bag in this beautiful mauve-prune, 2. I’ve never seen this dud of an Hermes bag worn so well, 3. I might have found my first Hermes.

Borgy’s striking look has been catnip for photographers for many years—he may look Native American, Eurasian even, but he is Filipino through and through.

perforated suede shirt with Borgy’s favorite necklaces: a scapular and a vintage turquoise

pants in olive drab with pointy-toed Dr. Martens Chelsea boots

Borgy in a Jil Sander cardigan, an American Apparel women’s plaid chiffon shirt, white Levi’s jeans he destroyed and dyed yellow, and Dr. Martens shoes



  • Patrick Wilson
    December 27th, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Impressive! I like his sense of style.

  • Christian @ The Soeberg
    December 27th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Love his style!

  • Danny
    December 27th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    This is cool!

  • jennifer
    December 28th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    FABulous style. You captured him beautifully. I love it all.
    (A first hermes bag is a very lovely thing.)
    Happy New Year to you!!!

  • darkdancer
    January 1st, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    What a breath of fresh air! He’s a smart and articulate dude to boot.

  • mat
    January 2nd, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I’m really enjoying his style, it’s quite refreshing and I can see lots of things that I’m quite sure I’d suit. The way he wears it anyway just works, hard to explain. The colours, fits, patterns. Well captured mate.

  • milex
    January 4th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    How wonderful again

  • IJ Maximo
    February 3rd, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I’m really amazed at how he rocks everything he wears. Such great style–conserved and limitless, a great juxtaposition.

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