After cementing her niche in the international fashion scene with her Asian-inspired creations, Filipino designer Josie Natori has opened her very first store in her homeland.
As reported on “Bandila” Nov. 17, items being sold at Josie’s new store are all “made in the Philipines.”
Notwithstanding her decades-spanning career, and a solid global brand Natori, which includes lingerie, RTWs, home, fragrance and eye wear collections, Josie remains grounded on her roots.
“I owe so much to being a Filipina to whatever success I’ve got. I think really the creativity in this country is something that gives us the differentiation,” said she in a taped interview on “Bandila.”
On Thursday, Josie—who’s one of the key people noted to have opened doors for the new generation of Filipino designers in Hollywood and other fashion capitals—was also given a recognition by the Filipino fashion community, added the “Bandila” report.
Josie was also a recipient of the Galleon Award (from former president Corazon Aquino), Lakandula Award—the highest honor given to a Filipino (from former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo)—and the Humanitarian Award (from Fashion Group International).
Her creations have been featured in hit American shows such as “Modern Family,” “Gossip Girl,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Ugly Betty,” and “True Blood.”
Meanwhile, in a “TV Patrol” report also on Thursday, another Filipino designer, Furne One, also dreams of opening his own store in the Philippines.
The Cebu native is currently in the US to meet with the management teams of his clients, including that of pop singer Lady Gaga, added the report. Other female pop artists have also sought Furne’s services, such as Shakira, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicki Minaj. “Germany’s Next Top Model” Heidi Klum is also one of Furne’s most popular clients.
Furne’s ascent in the competitive fashion ladder began after winning a designing contest in the Philippines. Before opening his Amato Couture store in Dubai back in 2002, he worked in Paris as well as for Josie Natori, reported “TV Patrol.”
Furne credits his mother and grandmother as his ultimate inspirations for his chosen craft, relating to “TV Patrol,” "They're the fashionista kasi that time. So everytime may party sila, may gathering, they see to it na they look good."
After showcasing his creations at the Los Angeles Fashion Week last month, the designer will represent Dubai at the New York Fashion Week next year, the same report said.