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Secret of My Success

Rewind to July 2003's Relationships article.

Happy

Twenty-one-year-old Happy David is almost a staple at the Summit office, as her accessories are always used during our product shoots. And most of the time, right after the shoot, her designs end up dangling off the ears, necks, and arms of the staff. That's how hot Get Happy accessories are. And speaking of hot, she also designs accessories for Milkwear, Firma, and Human.

And to whom does she owe her success? Top designer Rajo Laurel! "When I was in high school, I read about him in the newspaper. Bago pa lang siya nun; before he had his first show. They were talking about his cut, his style...and I said ‘He is good.' Then, in third year high school, I spent the summer at his shop."

He let her hang out in his office, and the whole experience proved to be extremely beneficial. "He'd ask for my ideas and opinions, and it was great because I was only 16 at the time. That experience helped me decide on what I really wanted to do. My experience with him was really the root of my career."

Happy originally wanted to get into fashion design but shifting gears proved to be a good move for her. She had tapped into something under-explored in the fashion business. She shares, "It really happened by accident. I realized there was a niche in the business for my accessories. Like when you dress for the prom, it's hard to find nice accessories. You have to borrow your mom's jewelry."

Rajo's influence is evident in the accessories Happy creates. "My color choices are outrageous. I think I got that from him...the preference was there, but someone had to nudge it out of me."

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"A few weeks ago, Rajo texted me," she shares, pulling out her mobile phone to read his message. "'Hi, this is Rajo Laurel...' And I was like, ‘Oh my God!'" she giggles. She continues reading the message, still flushed and flattered, "'...and I want to see your stuff. They're great! I want to order some for a show in Shanghai.' Oh my God! I almost fell off my chair!" she exclaims. "So creating that collection was my way of saying thanks to him. His inspiration led me to produce something that, in the end, benefited him, too. I was so proud."


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