“We are the turtles of the fashion world! We are very slow,” laughs Lenora “Len” Cabili, the effervescent founder and creative director of Filip + Inna – a Filipino fashion label known for its contemporary clothing inspired by traditional designs.
Far from being a consequence of laziness or a lack of hustle, this slow-going pace is an integral aspect of Len’s overall design philosophy. Rather than employing large foreign factories to churn out her garments en masse, she’s opted for the local – and often more expensive – option of enlisting indigenous Filipino artisans to work on the intricate beading patterns that highlight Filip + Inna’s range of vibrant apparel.
This slow-fashion ethos, which emphasizes sustainability and creating durable pieces instead of conforming to the whims of the fashion calendar, also allows Len to be intimately involved in and have control over each stage of the production process.