Out of materials bought in Divisoria and Tutuban in Manila, Filipino Andy Arcangel has created a men's wear line that is now the emerging craze in New York, ABS-CBN North America Bureau reported.
“My design philosophy is to produce masculine but trendy and funky and fun clothes to make guys feel more comfortable and more fun,” Arcangel said when interviewed by ABS-CBN’s Lenn Almadin-Thornhill.
Arcangel studied at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila and from running a tailoring shop in Sta. Mesa, he decided to pursue further studies at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.
Though nervous at first, he and business partner Dino Lomboy took the leap and opened a boutique at Manhattan’s lower East Side.
“Business is doing very well, we’re open about a year now and we’ve gotten repeat customers,” Arcangel said.
Although moderately successful already, Arcangel still holds down his day job as a computer programmer while Lomboy works as a physical therapist.
To keep overhead costs down, they manufacture their products in the Philippines.
“We get the fabrics from different fabric stores in Queens, New York and New Jersey and when I go visit my family in the Philippines, I go buy my fabrics from Divisoria and Tutuban,” Arcangel said.
Because their materials are bought in the Philippines, their prices are competitive and the savings are reflected in their prices.
Imagine getting a dress shirt for at least $50, pants and vests for $65 and suits for about $200!
Andy and Dino are happy that their business is doing well despite the current status of the economy. They are now looking forward to the day they can quit their day jobs – hopefully next year.