THE DESIGNER, LUCIA
Built from a sampling room in Manila, Lucia Josephine started her label. The gap in the market for accessible custom-wear leading her inspiration.
IN CONVERSATION WITH LUCIA:
"Starting out in Manila, Philippines (where I owe half of my heritage), I worked so hard to handpick the most talented team.
From couturiers, through to senior machinists, cutters and embroiders. Some of these amazing (mostly women) came from the top schools in Manila, or had worked in some of the country's top houses, or came from abroad (in the Middle East or Europe) and offered a unique perspective.
Then, as if it were a sign that it was time to move away from the custom identity I had created, I was invited to showcase at Manila Fashion Week in 2018, and was the first Australian designer to do so. This was an incredible turning point for myself and the label, as it allowed an opportunity to showcase the pure identity and integrity of Lucia Josephine, and the demand was growing for evening wear pieces that could be worn as-is from my regular clients."