Tipay Caintic

Tipay Caintic

Innovator and Creativepreneur

Many people write off fashion as something frivolous. Tipay Caintic is a woman who knows that there is so much work that goes into designing clothes, and the backbone of the fashion industry is the people that create the pieces.

Having expressed herself so well with fashion, through shows inspired by post-Yolanda Tacloban, you’d think it was all that Tipay focused on, but she’s also trained mothers how to knit, crochet, and develop basic entrepreneurial skills in a community effort she started called Kamay Ni Nanay; she’s also co-founded the non-profit group For the Love of Leyte, which gathers together creatives from Manila and Leyte to catalyze the artistic growth in the province; and was creative director in a music & art festival just last year. All in all, she’s done her best to ensure she accomplishes social work through her creative output, channeling her passion for helping people.

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Many people write off fashion as something frivolous. Tipay Caintic is a woman who knows that there is so much work that goes into designing clothes, and the backbone of the fashion industry is the people that create the pieces.

Having expressed herself so well with fashion, through shows inspired by post-Yolanda Tacloban, you’d think it was all that Tipay focused on, but she’s also trained mothers how to knit, crochet, and develop basic entrepreneurial skills in a community effort she started called Kamay Ni Nanay; she’s also co-founded the non-profit group For the Love of Leyte, which gathers together creatives from Manila and Leyte to catalyze the artistic growth in the province; and was creative director in a music & art festival just last year. All in all, she’s done her best to ensure she accomplishes social work through her creative output, channeling her passion for helping people.

Many people write off fashion as something frivolous. Tipay Caintic is a woman who knows that there is so much work that goes into designing clothes, and the backbone of the fashion industry is the people that create the pieces. That’s why her brand goes beyond the fun of design and pays attention to the ethical side of the equation: treating their makers as partners and as equals.

After Tipay graduated from SoFA Design Institute, she caught a lucky break when she was invited to have a show at London Fashion Week. She says that looking back, she may not have been completely ready for the opportunity, but she seized it anyway and worked her hardest to make it count. For that show, and for others, she took inspiration from what happened to her beloved Tacloban years ago: the devastating typhoon Yolanda. She recalls how difficult it was to be in the thick of it, how daunting it was to be faced with the task of rebuilding. These experiences and more influenced Tipay deeply and were central to the designs that she showcased. She wanted to embody the idea of culture—how it is the collective memory of a people, and how integral it is in every part of society, so much so that it can be expressed in every aspect, including fashion.

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After Tipay graduated from SoFA Design Institute, she caught a lucky break when she was invited to have a show at London Fashion Week. She says that looking back, she may not have been completely ready for the opportunity, but she seized it anyway and worked her hardest to make it count.

Having expressed herself so well with fashion, you’d think it was all that Tipay focused on—but she’s done even more. She’s also trained mothers how to knit, crochet, and develop basic entrepreneurial skills in a community effort she started called Kamay Ni Nanay; she’s also co-founded the non-profit group For the Love of Leyte, which gathers together creatives from Manila and Leyte to catalyze the artistic growth in the province; and was creative director in a music & art festival just last year. All in all, she’s done her best to ensure she accomplishes social work through her creative output, channeling her passion for helping people.