A Young Fashion Designer’s Take On Sustainable Fashion #Repurpose

From scraps to beautiful masterpieces
by Jasmine Gagarin

There is nothing more exciting than the details of the latest Jober’t Cristobal Spring/Summer 2020 collection being released. With designs often inspired by African fabric, style, and culture, the pieces are effortless to fall in love with — one of the things STAIL.PH adores the most about the collection is the ability of the designs to be versatile.

 

Jobert John Rivera Cristobal is a 25-year-old fashion designer from Mandaluyong. He studied fashion design from the Technological University of The Philippines. Despite his young age, Jobert is undoubtedly one to watch in the industry. We are quite Jober’t-obsessed, and with the launch of his latest collection from Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020, we caught up with him and found out more about the brand’s beginnings and Jobert’s inspirations for his craft.

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite part about being a fashion designer is seeing my clients happy and satisfied with the garments that I make for them.

 

 

What is fashion for Jobert Cristobal?

In my opinion, fashion is not about following the trends or doing what is “in.” For me, fashion is all about being confident and comfortable about what you are wearing.

 

Who are your fashion inspirations?

Viktor and Rolf, Dolce and Gabbana, and Iris Van Herpen.

 

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

My favorite part about being a fashion designer is seeing my clients happy and satisfied with the garments that I make for them. It is because I believe that for someone to come to me and ask me to make a garment for them, means that they are giving me their trust and support.

 

What is your view on sustainability?

I believe that fashion should be sustainable, especially in the state of our environment today. I always see to it that even the scraps of fabrics are utilized. As of now, we turn our scraps into accessories and embellishments so that nothing is put into waste.

 

 

I always see to it that even the scraps of fabrics will be used. As of now, we turn our scraps into accessories and embellishments so that nothing is wasted.

 

 

 

 

How do you stay up to date regarding fashion?

I do not believe in staying up to date with fashion trends because these trends circulate from time to time. Instead of following the trend, I prefer to think out of the box and make my designs stand out from the trend.

 

 

What are your inspirations while creating such designs for your collection?

Because my sister works in Nigeria, and upon going there myself, I became exposed to their culture and lifestyle. And so, this sparked me the idea of researching African culture and incorporating their style, fabrics, and culture into the designs that I make.

 

 

 

 

My designs are bold, flashy and extravagant. I love to play with patterns and colors then combine it with intricate beadworks and handcrafts so that each design becomes a one of a kind look.

 

 

How would you describe your style? How about when it comes to the designs you make?

Since I believe that comfort should come first before style, I choose to wear something simple such as wearing a plain shirt and denim jeans. But on special occasions, I would sometimes put on a lavish piece such as an extravagant eyewear or a bizarre jacket.

 

On the other hand, my designs are bold, flashy, and extravagant. I love to play with patterns and colors then combine it with intricate beadworks and handcrafts so that each design becomes a one of a kind look.

 

 

How would you describe your designs?

I always strive for my designs to be unique and one of a kind. We use mainly Ankara fabrics, which are outsourced from different countries in Africa, making it a new sight here in the Philippines. I also do intricate beadworks and embellishments to give life to the fabrics and make the garments look more luxurious.

 

How would you want to be remembered?

I want my designs to be remembered as crosscultural masterpieces with Filipino craftsmanship.

 

 

 

 

I want my designs to be remembered as crosscultural masterpieces with Filipino craftsmanship.

 

 

How do you want women to feel when wearing your clothes?

I want women to feel confident and empowered as they wear the clothes that I made for them without compromising comfort.

 

 

There’s so much pressure for designers to come out with their most fabulous collection season after season. What can you say about this?

I don’t feel pressured because I know my craft, and in my perspective, coming out with new collections is a way of challenging myself to do even better than the last one.

 

 

For more designs from his latest collection, check out Jobert Cristobal on Instagram!

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