Born and raised in the Philippines, Jill Lao discovered her love for fashion after several years in corporate work and headed to Manhattan to pursue a new career. In 2015, she graduated with a degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design. Jill quickly learned the industry ropes over several New York Fashion Week shows.
Jill’s first stint was in Marissa Webb, a contemporary label where emphasis on styling and transitional dressing made a lasting impression on her. She then worked for two larger fashion houses – Naeem Khan fueled her interest in evening and bridal wear; Oscar de la Renta helped her develop design concepts for custom and ready-to-wear lines.
Next stop: Paris, France. Jill started sketching her own designs and sourcing fabrics, drawing inspiration from the birthplace of haute couture. She loved that street style was not necessarily high-end or designer pieces, but tailored classics worn with a distinct personal flair.
Finally arriving in Manila, Jill decided to dress herself and the women like her – ladies who have transitioned from wearing the latest trends to favoring distinctive classics that are easy, elegant, and modern.
Jill explores the use of texture, pattern, and color through her work. In her first collection, she serves up a mélange of separates, offering multi-use clothing, fashion that is meant to last more than one season. Each piece is well-thought out and crafted – one meant to be cherished for years to come.