YAS Spotlight: Carl Jan Cruz is The Future of Fashion

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Sunday, Apr 15, 2018 03:01 AM

 

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When you’ve got the world on a string, it’s hard to pack up everything and find yourself back home. That’s what happened to designer Carl Jan Cruz at the end of his years in Europe—after studying at the London College of Fashion in between assisting for Melvin Mojica and interning at Céline under Phoebe Philo in London. Coming home feels like a bit of a letdown, especially with all your contacts seemingly a world away. 

But the best part of coming home is being able to find yourself. After his whirlwind life in Europe, Carl was able to bear down and create his own brand, taking ideas of Filipino nostalgia and ‘refining sentiment into something tangible’ with the skills he learned in his time in London. Ate 25 years old, Carl is being hailed as the future of fashion, with a loyal following that includes Kim Cam Jones. His designs have been in and out of showrooms around the world, most notably with Maryam Nassir Zadeh as his first stockist.

Things are looking up for CJ, and while things still feel like a surreal dream, it’s a dream he doesn’t really want to wake up from.

 

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About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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