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Dark, mysterious and a little bit kinky. If that’s how you want your leather accessories, Fallen Angel is the brand you should know about. With Gothic designs in the vein of New York leather house Zana Bayne and London bondage label Fleet Ilya, this Manila brand is a leather design house that specializes in handcrafted leather accessories aimed at the modern and edgy fashion market.

Established last year, Fallen Angel is the brainchild of Trix Guevara, who saw a gap in the market and the need for edgy yet feminine accessories that don’t conform to the norm. Fueled by her love of leather craft, the business specializes in custom belts, harnesses and corsets. Their leather pieces boast sophisticated craftsmanship and the use of carefully selected materials, which is said to reflect their “commitment to enduring quality.” Each piece is made from real leather that should last for years with proper care.

Photos by Bryan Venancio; Model: Jem Austria

“Our strong design aesthetic focuses on one-of-a-kind pieces that innovatively meld dark and romantic styles with a subtle sexy twist. Our brand speaks to the bold, brave and fearless; [those] who push the boundaries of fashion and who are not afraid to flaunt their sexuality and individuality while exuding style and elegance all at the same time,” reads the brand’s profile.

The Gist spoke with Guevara to know more about the process behind creating dominatrix-style accessories and how the local market is responding to the brand’s uniquely sexy designs.

 

Who/what are your inspirations for the designs?

I get my inspirations from people, places, fabrics, movies, sculptures, architectures and silhouettes. When something catches my eye, I instantly get inspired by them. I love things and people who can be considered eccentric. I find them very beautiful.

Who are your top fashion icons and influences?

I love Daphne Guiness, I find her refreshingly eccentric and adore her passion for couture. Her style is fascinatingly distinct and she’s always evolving. I also love Iris Van Harpen, her designs are sculptural and avant garde, so vibrant and alive it feels like it’s got a life of its own. Dita Von Teese the queen of burlesque, I find very sexy yet stylish. The queen of punk fashion, Vivienne Westwood – she’s her own person. And of course Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli for their classic styles.

Your products are on the edgy side. How are these being received by the market?

Our brand caters to a specific clientele. I find that our audience wants something out of the ordinary. Our aim is to help them exhibit their individual styles. I always strive to design wearable pieces with a flair for the unusual.

Describe the Fallen Angel woman.

Fallen Angel is for the woman who seeks balance; she appreciates luxurious yet distinctive wardrobe pieces. Her effortless confidence and romantic spirit extends to her wardrobe.

Walk us through your design and production process.

The process usually begins with a design idea; a sketch. Then the sketches will be used to create a paper model or prototype. All the necessary fittings and adjustments are made to ensure all products sit perfectly on the body, then an official pattern will be made and used to create the entire collection.

Next step is the sourcing of raw materials. Fallen Angel leather belts are meticulously made using the finest cow and calf leather, 100 percent locally sourced. Leather finish will mostly depend on the silhouette of the design; a structured design requires stiffer leather while a slouchy or form-fitting design would use softer leather. Colors and texture of the leather are also considered.

After the materials are selected, a skilled leather crafter will bring the prototype to life, carefully cutting each leather piece and delicately piecing them all together by hand. The leather crafter brings years of experience and craft to the process to ensure the end products are flawless.

What are your future plans for the brand?

We plan to eventually produce other leather goods (bags, shoes, clothing, etc.). And of course, our long-term goal is to have our own store. Also, to collaborate with other designers and artists.

 

To explore the collection, go to www.fallenangel.ph. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @EdBiado

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