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How This 21-Year-Old Fashion Design Student Started His Own Label From Scratch

Because it's time to stop dreaming and start doing.
IMAGE Rosbert Villar | https://www.instagram.com/bespokeclassics/

A lot of people dream of entering the fashion industry—from writing, styling to fashion designing—but not everyone has the guts and the grit to actually turn their dreams into reality. But Rosbert Villar begs to differ. While studying fashion design and merchandising in CSB, this 21-year-old took what he learned from the classroom and brought it to the real world to start his own custom-made line. Find out what inspired Rosbert to stop dreaming and start doing in this week's How I Started.

How it started. "Three years after I began doing made-to-measure evening dresses, I saw my edge as a designer and thought that fine craftsmanship and well thought-through designs were what I wanted to focus on. That's why I came up with Bespoke Classics, a brand that provides well-crafted and unconventional clothing. Since then I made it a point to set standards with every creation I make and posted so much in social media to attract more clients." 

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Why Bespoke Classics? "I knew the target market that I was aiming for deserves great quality clothing, given the price points I was trying to establish. I thought that I had to make my clients see the real worth and value of their money by offering non-repetitive, made-to-order designs, using only the finest material and complicated techniques and manipulations." 

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Aesthetic. "A fusion of two or more elements: sensual, yet romantic, minimalist and maximalist, contemporary, yet classic. We are known for our intricate detail and unique ornaments."

Young entrepreneur. "Oh! Being a young entrepreneur trying to make it in the industry is definitely hard—especially since I own the business alone. But then again, I've never really been comfortable working in a team."

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Little challenges. "Financing the business is definitely my biggest challenge. As a working student, there are times when I find it really hard to continue to revolve the funds in the business but I think I can say that I am slowly getting used to the business side of fashion."

Drawing inspiration. "From emotions, antiquated architecture, and aged ornaments."

Staying original. "Good design is what matters most in maintaining a good line-up of clients and opportunities. I believe that your authenticity for your craft has a lot to do with the flow of your career—especially in the field of fashion."

What's next? "To establish my name and brand locally, then globally and achieve the standards of haute couture, create a diffusion line, build my very first HQ and venture into shoes, accessories, and jewelry line, too."

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Entrepreneurial philosophy.

"Every aspiring entrepreneurs' authenticity to their craft or passion must be equal to their intention to earn."

To young budding entrepreneurs. "Build an empire and practice good leadership. You can only do so much, but having a great manpower can make your business grow, earn more, and at the same time maintain the quality of the product you got known for. Do your craft the right way, not just for the sake of saying "I did it.” Make it a point to enjoy every step of the process, absorb all advantages, disadvantages, and learnings from it."

Know any young entrepreneurs? Leave a comment below and you just might see them on the site next week!

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Janelle Yau
Fashion and Beauty Assistant
The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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