Rajo Laurel, one of the Philippines’ top fashion designers, has always had a penchant for design traceable to his early years. Trained under renowned fashion institutions, the New York Fashion Institute of Technology and Central Saint Martins, he bridges traditional and artisanal techniques from his Filipino roots with the global contemporary.
A multihyphenate, Rajo oversees the creative arm of his brands and businesses. He heads Rajo Laurel Enterprises, a young designdriven company that champions intricate details and craftsmanship. He designs and oversees his garment manufacturing company specializing in well-designed corporate uniforms for hotels, offices, and restaurants, Laurel et Ross Enterprises. Lastly, he is the Creative Director and CEO of House of Laurel Inc., a demicouture line, and RAJO, a ready-to-wear line.
Through his many facets, he manages to impart a constant DNA; modernity informed by tradition, femininity unbound from conventions, and an artfulness woven with the fabric of the everyday. Standout details such as embroidery, beadwork, and hand-painted prints permeate vastly in his body of work, elevating garments into editioned art pieces. These sensibilities have propelled Rajo to attain critical acclaim in both local and international contexts. With hopefulness and vigor, he approaches his next step: a foray into the global market