Rosenthal Tee is one of the youngest Filipino fashion designers to reach international acclaim. Celebrities like Megan Young, Katherine Bernardo, and Regine Valezques have even worn her work!
For this Chinoy though, the biggest milestone of her career happened when she was able to reach what seemed to be a pipe dream for many designers — New York Fashion Week (NYFW). While still in her 20’s, her clothes were modelled on the runway of the Fall Winter 2016 show of NYFW. A year later, she’d do NYFW again for their Spring Summer 2017 show.
After her success in NYFW, Tee sustained her momentum in the country through her studios in Marikina and Pasig where she does couture bridal and evening gowns. With the ongoing pandemic though, her line work is affected but nonetheless, this Chinoy found a way to push through the rubble.
PPES FOR A CAUSE
“This pivot from eveningwear to PPE- production feels like a trial by fire to adapt, and to answer the call to armor our Frontliners in this capacity.” said Tee on her Instagram.
Knowing her civic responsibilities, not just as a citizen but as an artist, she went into Peresonal Protective Equipment (PPE) production, and donated many of her creations. Shown above are photos of her ready-to-wear PPEs, medically approved and available in assorted sizes.
The suits are made from high quality material called TYVEK, a polythene fiber that’s breathable, long lasting, and resistant to water and bacteria. The PPE was designed by Tee and made as fast and efficient as possible by her skeletal staff.
THE FUTURE OF FASHION
Many agree that the pandemic has changed how we dress. Now, many opt to be covered head to toe despite the heat! This is compared to our pre-COVID setting where many wore shorts and sleeveless shirts to combat the hot climate.
Industry leaders like Rosenthal Tee are, of course, never late in the game. Last June 23, 2020, she unveiled her line of ready-to-wear clothes meant for running errands in the new normal. The line came in 3 pieces, a PPE, a topcoat, and jogger pants — all aptly called ‘Ninja’.
Her Ninja line is made with premium microfiber fabric and has useful features like built-in masks, chest pockets for extra space, garterized waistband, sleeves and ankles for a comfortable fit, and an extra long zipper closure for added protection.
If you want to know more about this Chinoy fashion designer, give her extended CHiNOY Profiles a watch! Check it out here.