Electric Kool-Aid

With summer’s scorching sun, the boys are trading in dark hues in favor of a thirst quenching acid rain of citric brights by Manila’s edgy menswear designers.


Designer Avel Bacudio was originally interested in becoming a film director or an architect. It was when he reached 17 years old that he developed his love for fashion, joining several international design competitions—all of which he won. Bacudio admits that Johnny Depp’s effortless chic serves as inspiration for his menswear designs. Currently the executive creative director of Boardwalk, he’s focused on fashion forecasts and product development to make fashion accessible to everyone. This year, Bacudio is gearing up to launch his own denim and underwear line.


A chance meeting with a clothing technology student in UP Diliman sparked designer Jesson Capuchino’s entry into fashion. After graduating, Capuchino worked with major retail brands and designed Penshoppe’s junior clothing and ladies’ line and Folded & Hung’s menswear line. His design aesthetic is generally influenced by his wide taste in music ranging from Latin to Korean and Japanese. Despite the glamour of the industry, Capuchino shies away from the limelight and prefers working behind the scenes, concentrating on building his own brand and making his mark in retail.


At the early age of 13 years old, designer Bang Pineda has admired the theatric designs of Jean Paul Gaultier. Raised in the very conservative province of Pampanga, it was only upon entering college that he had the chance to experiment with his love for fashion. Pineda admits that what started his passion for menswear was the lack of sartorial choices in the market. He ended up designing his own clothes. Later on he worked as a fashion consultant for the Sari-Sari group, where he was able to hone his trademark tailoring with a dash of edgy sports appeal. Pineda shares that the ideal man who wears his designs is fearless, bold and confident.


Frederick Policarpio discovered his drive for fashion while learning ready-to-wear as a visual merchandiser for major retail brands Cinderella, United Colors of Benetton and Esprit. The La Salle College International graduate designer then moved back to his hometown in Angeles City and set up his own humble shop with just one sewing machine and one dressmaker/tailor.