Tal De Guzman

Tal De Guzman

Modern-day Filipina Artisan

Back in 2011 when she decided to go back to school and study Fashion Design, she got to meet her first collaborator in accessories design — the wood carvers of Paete, Laguna. In 2012, Tal started Risqué Designs, a footwear company that uses local materials and inspirations in her shoe designs. Three years after, she decided to put up her own shoe manufacturing facility that focuses on ethical business practices. From merely producing her own brand’s designs, she now manufactures for almost 30 other local brands owned by like-minded “Shoepreneurs.” Since then, she has encouraged these Shoepreneurs to form Stride Collective, a marketing and awareness platform that promotes collaboration over competition among different shoe brands. Tal also works with other local artisans such as the weavers from Valladolid, Negros Occidental and from Buhi, Camarines Sur.

Right now, Tal is constantly trying to create more impact through communities as she carries the country’s culture and story in her designs. She wants to help more people pursue their own creative ideas and to help improve the quality of their lives. And that is the mark of a truly powerful woman: one who wants to empower others and her nation.

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Back in 2011 when she decided to go back to school and study Fashion Design, she got to meet her first collaborator in accessories design — the wood carvers of Paete, Laguna. In 2012, Tal started Risqué Designs, a footwear company that uses local materials and inspirations in her shoe designs. Three years after, she decided to put up her own shoe manufacturing facility that focuses on ethical business practices. From merely producing her own brand’s designs, she now manufactures for almost 30 other local brands owned by like-minded “Shoepreneurs.” Since then, she has encouraged these Shoepreneurs to form Stride Collective, a marketing and awareness platform that promotes collaboration over competition among different shoe brands. Tal also works with other local artisans such as the weavers from Valladolid, Negros Occidental and from Buhi, Camarines Sur.

Right now, Tal is constantly trying to create more impact through communities as she carries the country’s culture and story in her designs. She wants to help more people pursue their own creative ideas and to help improve the quality of their lives. And that is the mark of a truly powerful woman: one who wants to empower others and her nation.

When Tal graduated in 2010 with an Art Management Degree from Ateneo de Manila University, she worked the regular nine-to-five for two years before realizing she didn’t want to do that for the rest of her life. However, she didn’t quite know what she did want to do. So she studied fashion in SoFA, starting with accessories and eventually taking on the entire program and winding up choosing shoe design.

Back in 2011 when she decided to go back to school and study Fashion Design, she got to meet her first collaborator in accessories design — the wood carvers of Paete, Laguna. In 2012, Tal started Risqué Designs, a footwear company that uses local materials and inspirations in her shoe designs. Three years after, she decided to put up her own shoe manufacturing facility that focuses on ethical business practices. From merely producing her own brand’s designs, she now manufactures for almost 30 other local brands owned by like-minded “Shoepreneurs.” Since then, she has encouraged these Shoepreneurs to form Stride Collective, a marketing and awareness platform that promotes collaboration over competition among different shoe brands. Tal also works with other local artisans such as the weavers from Valladolid, Negros Occidental and from Buhi, Camarines Sur.

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There is nothing that can hinder you just because you’re a woman,” she says firmly.

One amazing thing about Tal is that she doesn’t see her gender as a hindrance to anything she wants to do. “There is nothing that can hinder you just because you’re a woman,” she says firmly. “It empowers me more because when someone tells me I can’t do it, I say to hell with that.” Naysayers only propelled her to prove to herself and to them that she can do whatever she sets her mind to. “When they ask why, I say why not?”

Right now, Tal is constantly trying to create more impact through communities as she carries the country’s culture and story in her designs. She wants to help more people pursue their own creative ideas and to help improve the quality of their lives. And that is the mark of a truly powerful woman: one who wants to empower others and her nation.