Designer in Focus: Timmy Ang of Dean & Trent

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Men needs to be more daring and experimental. Keep it simple yet into details. When can we really define that we have found our personal style? Runway2Reality interviews Timmy Ang of Dean & Trent about personal style, men's style and fashion, the brand and more.


Name: Timmy Ang


Studies/Occupation/Industry/Company:

Finance, George Washington University. Family business in textiles/garments.


Describe your Personal Style, Inspiration and Fashion Philosophy.

I'm more preppy laid back most of the time, I draw a lot of inspiration from old American movies, literature, blogs and I believe most designers look up to Ralph Lauren like I do. Philosophy? Attract by keeping it simple but mind and excite with the details.


Dean Trent

How did the Dean & Trent started?

There was a lack of certain garment pieces in the past, particularly hoodies and henleys for men. Eventually added more clothes until before we knew it we had a collection and brand going on. Unexpected but surprisingly fun that it turned itself into a brand.


Describe your latest collection.

For august and onwards we have a ton of reconceptualized and redesigned checks, polos, jackets and cardigans coming in. This rain is causing us to make more items that involve staying indoors.

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What is the best fashion advice you ever received?

Learn and continue to learn the basics. They're the basic foundation and building blocks of success. Whether it be in pattern making or merchandising. Spend time to review the knowledge you've accumulated over the years.

Dean Trent


What is you biggest splurge or the most expensive item you ever bought?

Couple of years back in the US. Burberry shirt around $150 at that time. It was a big deal because I just started with a full time job.
I've made Dean & Trent clothes though with a sense of quality but also with value for money as well.


What can you say about Filipinos when it comes to men's fashion and or menswear?

There needs to be more of a connection between fashion designers and mass consumer appeal and style. Men should make an effort to try on different things, not even in the experimental sense but more on just trying on a variety of looks and accessories. There is a lack of this excitement to do such things. The appeal is palpable in the media level but not in every day occurrences.


What advice can you give Filipino men when it comes to personal style/fashion?

Find whats comfortable for you and practical. But once you've established that you can try to become more creative in the clothes you choose and in the layering that happens. Always have a set of fashion staples. Don't be hesitant to check vintage items from your grandfather or fathers closet. Mix solid colors and patterns.



Visit: http://www.deanandtrent.com/
Timmy also blogs at: http://agreigematter.wordpress.com/
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