5 Chinoy Fashion Designers to Follow

By Michelle Tan 16 August, 2017

Contrary to the common stereotypes about Chinoys, the new dynasty of Chinoys have already been tapping their right brain more often to unleash their creative side. Aside from dancers and painters, there are a lot of Chinoys who have excelled in the fashion industry.

These Chinoys broke the norm by shining in the fashion industry and expressing their idea of beauty through their award-wining works of art. Are you attending a big event soon? Are you planning your own debut? Or are you dying to know the latest trends in the fashion industry? Here are five Chinoy fashion designers that you should follow:

1. Edwin Uy (@edwinfuy)

Like most Chinoys, Edwin also studied in Chinese schools and are friends with a lot of Chinoys, who eventually became his regular clients. He has always love oriental inspirations, which he sometimes fused with modern trends to produce his awe-inspiring creations. As a fashion designer, he has already made his mark in the field of bridal and pageantry. Since 2011, he has won countless of awards ranging from Best Designer, Best National Costume and Best Evening Gown for multiple pageants such as the Mutya ng Pilipinas, Binibining Pilipinas, Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Global, Miss Grand International and Miss World Philippines.

2. Jian Lasala (@lasala_label)

Jian’s great grandparents have greatly influenced his Chinoy values. These values taught him to do his best, to be passionate in what he loves to do and to continuously build a greater version of himself. On the aspect of style, he developed the principle of minimalism (“less is more”) and the importance of being elegant than trendy, both of which he has applied in his designs. Jian is the founder and owner of three fashion brands, Lasala Label, Lasala Bridestory and Freetown Connection Clothing. His designs have been highlighted across different Fashion Week in Hong Kong, Phnom Penh, the Philippines, and in International Beauty Pageants such as Miss Universe, Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental and Miss Cambodia.

3. Popo Go (@popogomanila)

Having both Chinese parents, Popo was raised in a Chinese household and was very much immersed in the Chinoy culture. As a designer, he is known for his eye-catching Swarovski crystal embellishments and bustier-based fitting. His clients are a mix of Chinese and Filipino clients, as well as celebrities including none other than Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, Anne Curtis, Marian Rivera, Lea Salonga, and Kim Chiu, among others. Popo used to join the Philippine Fashion Week from 2007 to 2013 covering both men’s and women’s wear.

4. Rosenthal Tee (@rosenthaltee)

The ability to endure and adapt to change are what Rosenthal believes to be culturally rooted in being a modern Chinoy. As a modern Chinoy, she is part of the generation that seeks to honor tradition, while at the same time forging new beginnings of her own. As a designer, she has been creatively expressing these ideas of shifting attitude into her works. Rosenthal has been part of numerous fashion show including the Mercedes Benz Style Show, Metrowear Luxe Show, and the New York Fashion Week.

5. Naomi Ng (@ngnaomidesigns)

Naomi’s parents are both from Hong Kong, but she was born and raised here in the Philippines. As a designer, her designs reflect Hong Kong’s contemporary society, which allows designers not to hold back on their creativity and quirk. With this, Naomi aspires to freely express her ideas and create designs while taking in consideration the need for functionality of fashion forward Filipinos. She started her fashion career as an intern under Bang Pineda’s styling team before she started designing for the Fashion Week. At the age of 21, Naomi has already designed numerous pieces for both the Chinese New Year Show and Pilipinas Men’s Fashion Week from 2015-2017. She also designed the winning suit of Mr. Chinatown 2016, Louie Ngo.


These Chinoy designers are some of the few designers that were chosen to showcase their collection in the upcoming Chinatown Ball at Solaire Grand Ballroom. The event will be attended by VIPs in the Filipino-Chinese community, as well as the thirty candidates of this year’s Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017. What are you waiting for? Follow their social media accounts and watch out for their latest collection.

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