Religioso: Fashion is their religion

Kai Magsanoc

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Attention to details. Complete customer service. Free alteration. Made to measure, truly bespoke. These words define the fashion haven that is Religioso.

RELIGIOSO OFFERS A WIDE array of fashion selections, from clothes to accessories to footwear. Their selling point? Their pieces are almost always one of each kind.

MANILA, Philippines – Anyone who’s ever had a “twin syndrome” moment will find comfort shopping in Religioso.

“Twin syndrome” is an expression in fashion when you find yourself in the same place, time and situation with a person wearing the exact same outfit as you.

If you’re friends with that person, it can be endearing, maybe even funny; but if you’re not, it can be downright embarrassing (worse if that person is not exactly your friend).

THIS MODERN VERSION OF the Japanese Geta sandals caught our attention at the shoot. Photo by Kai Magsanoc

Sisters Yvette Religioso-Ilagan and Choc Religioso-Dayrit own and manage this store that will grab your attention with its minimal window display.

That their maiden name is the Filipino word for “religious” suits them perfectly because both live their passion for fashion (pardon the pun) with complete faith.

Yvette and Choc were the last to sit down with RAPPLER that day we visited the Filipino Zone of Greenbelt 2, and our chat felt so light and easy that all intimidation I ever felt about their store (I hardly pulled from them when I was still a freelance stylist) melted.

Religioso is a store that offers endless possibilities as far as styling is concerned.

Those who know how to mix and match the different pieces will come up with enough outfits to send down a runway for this store alone. 

A plus is that — like all the designers we’ve featured here in RAPPLER — the Religioso sisters sell fashion made from Filipino materials, by Filipino designers.

Financial crisis notwithstanding, their strength lies in their one-of-a-kind pieces, perfect for the lady who deserves to stand out because of her unique character and particular taste. –

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