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Fora Showcase Of Future Fashion Talent

SoFA Design Institute

October 11, 2019

In partnership with Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 163 Female Engineer scholars have graduated and all hired by Local and International Corporations

FORA has partnered with three distinguished fashion schools: School of Fashion and the Arts Design Institute (SoFA), Fashion Institute of the Philippines (FIP) and Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship-Fashion Arts and Desgin (ICE-FAD) in order to showcase the talents of their students and faculty.


SoFA DESIGN INSTITUTE inaugurated in 2007 and quickly earned credibility as the country’s go-to destination for design – now more than ever before. As a flourishing community dedicated to the creative learner, SoFA continuously adds new areas of focus.

Interior Design, Lighting Design, Furniture Design are just a few of the increasing number of subjects available within its design-focused approach to education. Smaller class sizes, respect for the individual learner, and especially a commitment to critical thinking are fundamental to the SoFA Design Institute approach.

SoFA Design Institute Alumni Designer

Noelle Llave

Brand Name: O’EL Designs

Noelle Llave took Fashion Design and Marketing at Manila’s prestigious SoFA Design Institute. She graduated with an award of Best in Merchandise for her graduation collection back 2010. Early on in her career, she was selected by Preview Magazine as one of the 10 Preview Emerging Fashion Talent Awardees. She was likewise a finalist for both the Philippine Fashion Designers Competion and the Look of Style Awards. In 2012, she was hand-picked as one of Mega Magazine’s Top Ten Women to watch out for. She currently owns and runs O’EL Designs, an artisanal fashion accessory and lifestyle brand.

Tipay Caintic

Brand Name: Tipay Caintic

Tipay Caintic is a designer and creativepreneur. She was granted a scholarship and graduated in 2012 from SoFA Design Institute’s 2-year Fashion Design & Marketing program. She co-founded For the Love of Leyte (FLOL) in 2018, which is a non-profit organization, Kamay ni Nanay (Mum’s Hands), a passion pet project in partnership with Craft MNL, and Knitting Expedition, which was established in July 2015. Her mainline namesake is a prêt-à-porter line for women. An independent, urban lady wears Tipay Caintic, as she would describe. With Tipay Caintic’s heterogeneous artistic background, her designs explore the use of texture, art prints, and innovative and unconventional materials. Her designs are, without fail, always cheeky and progressive, never too serious. Her creative work has walked the runways of London Fashion Week, Manila Fashion Festival, Manila FAME — the biggest lifestyle & fashion event in Asia, and other shows nationally.

Jeremy Tan

Brand Name: Alta Costura MNL

As an emerging fashion designer Jeremy Tan champions the idea of designing with a purpose and creativity as a form of self- expression. He graduated from SoFA Design Institute’s BA Fashion Design & Marketing program in 2018. Since then he has been steadily growing his craft through the launch ofhis fashion brand, Alta Costura MNL.

SoFA Fashion Collective

With the vision to develop passionate visionaries who will shape and lead the world of design, SoFA Design Institute is introducing a new avenue for its home-grown designers to showcase and celebrate their creative spirit. The SoFA Fashion Collective is a mentorship program dedicated to students and alumni of the institute. It serves as an incubator for designers to expand their creative spectrum and get a foothold of the ever-evolving fashion market. The SoFA Fashion Collective aims to strengthen the institute’s support for its students and alumni in order to build and inspire a community that will push Philippine fashion to the forefront.




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