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How I Started: Mix Supetran Label

Get to know how this talented young designer started her own label while she was juggling school!
IMAGE Mix Supetran Label | instagram.com/mixsupetranlabel ART Clare Magno

If you're a huge Nadine Lustre fan, you've probably heard of Mix Supetran because this former Candymag.com Correspondent created a jaw-dropping top for Naddie's ASAP guesting before. We shared with you how you can own a piece similar to Naddie's cool top. Now, we're sharing with you how this talented young designer started her own label, Mix Supetran Label.

When it started. "Mix Supetran Label started in 2015."

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How it started. "My first collection was for my graduation fashion show where we had the chance to showcase three of our own designs. I had two more terms in school, but people started to notice my work and finally had clients who wanted their garments designed and made by me. After all the positive feedback that I got, I decided to make it my official "brand" for my made-to-order and custom-made gowns."

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Why Mix Supetran Label? "I love couture dresses and evening gowns! Even as a student, I tend to become more excited when our projects delve into making gowns and beaded dresses. My classmates would tell me that I was good at beading, so I decided to practice it more. Since then, most of my creations are intricate and detailed. And one thing I love about formal wear is that it is more personal and you get to connect with your clients more."

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Young entrepreneur. "Being a young entrepreneur is actually hard. I started the label as a student so I barely had experience in the industry. I didn't have any knowledge in running a business in fashion, and of course, I had limited time as well. Sometimes I had clients who would want to meet up, but because I had to attend my classes we weren't able to push through with it. Personally, I had to learn through trial and error. And up until now, I am still learning."

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Drawing inspiration. "My clients serve as my inspiration to explore the depth of the industry. Essentially, I think my creations have always been for the clients, however I always make sure it has a hint of 'me' in it, too."

Flying solo. "Running the business on my own was hard because I didn't have any experience when I first started the brand. I had to learn about the business the hard way, and started from the bottom, too. The only thing that keeps me going is that I love what I do. I guess I am one of the lucky ones since I am able to do what I love instead of learning to love what I do. My parents also help me out in whatever way they can as well. I'm lucky to have them as my mentors."

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Little challenges. "There was a time when clients doubted my skills and capabilities because I was relatively younger as opposed to those in my field. However I did not let this affect my work and simply shrugged it off."

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Staying original. "I think what makes my brand unique is that I always treat my clients as my top priority. My creations are made to create flattering pieces that caters to every women, but at the same time, I stay true to what the client wants. My clientele serve as my inspiration to create beautiful pieces and make sure my muses look and feel beautiful in my creations."

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What's next? "I am launching a brand new line which is Silhouette by Mix Supetran in September. It is my loungewear and lingerie line which I've been working on for months now and I am really excited to share it with others."

To budding young entrepreneurs. "The only advice I can give to budding young entrepreneurs is to never treat mistakes as a failure, instead you should treat it as a lesson. Mistakes are inevitable most especially to young entrepreneurs, but never let that stop you."

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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
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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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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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