Photos courtesy of PHx Fashion Conference
There is a question every young fashion designer must ask themselves: “How do I take my work to the global stage?” In the Philippines, the business of fashion and dealing with the worldwide market is an elusive part of education, with most schools focusing on design and dressmaking. A group of young fashion designers aims to change this once and for all, which is not to say that they are revamping local fashion education, but creating a fashion conference focused on creating business ties.
Called the PHx Fashion Conference, the initiative is headed by Esme Palaganas, Seph Bagasao, Jennie Contreras, Bea Samson, Ken Samudio, and RJ Santos. The idea for the conference came about as the group encountered the realities of navigating the business side of the fashion industry. “Personally, I had several missed opportunities for my brand Basic Movement just (from) not knowing the right way to conduct business outside (of the country),” Esme shares. “During these situations, we turned to each other, us designers and designer friends, on how they were able to go about this before making a decision.”
The conference aims to broaden the horizons for Philippine fashion, by providing a holistic, inspirational, and informative series of talks and workshops. It will run for four days, from Nov. 11 to 14 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City. “PHx’s goal is to equip aspiring and current fashion and lifestyle business owners — be it designers, employees in operations, or product developers — in attaining the best practices and global standards by bringing in like-minded professionals and lecturers from here and abroad,” Esme adds.