Esme Palaganas (b. 1993) is a fashion and creative practitioner. Her particular interests and production projects lies in the intersection of fashion, culture, and innovation. In 2021, she started her Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership from the Cass Business School – City University of London through the Chevening Scholarship.



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Design. Her work as a fashion designer has earned her several design awards and opportunities to represent the Philippines abroad. Her designs have been stocked in designer boutiques such as Lanai Manila and Comme Ci and are available in limited releases at select stores and platforms. 

Production. For the past 6 years, Esme has been a producer and founder of several creative enterprises and initiatives. She produces projects and platforms for fashion creatives as the founder of Basic Movement and co-founder of PH X Fashion Conference.  

Advocacy. Aside from being a member of Fashion Design Council of the Philippines, she’s currently the Policy & Planning Chairperson of the Philippine Fashion Coalition, a national business support organization where she leads Congress/Senate hearings in aid of legislation for the fashion industry. She’s one of the proponents of Dama Ko, Lahi Ko— a call to action campaign to celebrate Filipino through the 5 senses.

Consultancy. Esme served as a mentor/consultant for incubation programs, private brands, and government projects. She works in between Manila and her Bulacan studio for her design clientele and other creative projects.

For consulting work & other inquiries, you can reach her at esme@basicmovement.ph

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(2022) Visiting Lecturer – Fashion Marketing, Department of Advertising and Marketing – Undergraduates, De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines



(2021-) MICL in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership, City University of London (Cass Business School) – London, United Kingdom
(2018-) MSc in Entrepreneurship, De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines
(2014) BA in Fashion Design & Merchandising (with Honors) De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, Philippines

Professional Memberships & Affiliations 

(2021) Policy & Planning Committee Chairperson, Philippine Fashion Coalition
(2020) Board of Trustees, Founding Special Projects Committee Chairman, Philippine Fashion Coalition
(2020) e-Trade for Women ASEAN Cohort, United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) 
(2018) Council Member, Fashion Design Council of the Philippines

Design Awards

(2020)  Mega Magazine, The NEW PH , Philippines
(2017) Bench Design Awards, Finalist, Philippines
(2017) KL Fashion Week – AARDS, Philippine Representative, Malaysia
(2016) Philippine Fashion Ball, Special Recognition for Design, Philippines
(2016) Metro Awards, Best Young Designer Brand, Philippines
(2016) Preview Top Collection, FW 2016, Philippines
(2015) Preview Top Collection, FW 2015, Philippines
(2014)  Mega Magazine, New/Upcoming Designer, Philippines
(2014)  Preview Emerging Fashion Talent Awards, Philippines

Producing Projects

(2021) Wear Your Story –  T-Shirt Exhibit (Online and Onsite, Powerplant Mall)
(2021) Dama Ko, Lahi Ko, Independence Day Campaign w/ Filipino Culture Collective (Partner Matching)
(2020) PH x Fashion Talks: Mentorship (Online)
(2020) PH x Fashion Conversations: Serious Studio (Online)
(2020) PH x Fashion Conversations: Monday Off (Online)
(2020) Fashion Forward Dialogues, w/ FDCP and SoFA (Online)
(2019) PH x Fashion Conference: Japan (Onsite)
(2019) Basic Movement Club: Indigo Dye Workshop c/o NAMARABAR (Onsite)
(2018) Basic Movement Club: Conversations on Fashion & Business (Onsite)
(2018) Basic Movement Club: Commune Pop Up (Onsite)
(2017-18) Basic Movement Club: Designer Pop Ups (Onsite)


(2020) Hub of Innovation for Inclusion, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde
(2019-20) Philippine Commission on Women
(2018) Una Weaves
(2018) Tiesto Apparel Manufacturing Inc., 
(2014) Tiesto Apparel Manufacturing Inc., 

Academic Papers & Conferences / Articles / Speaking Engagements

(2021) “Prosperity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship” Guest Speaker, University College London, London, United Kingdom
(2021) “Philippine Natural Textiles & the Fashion Industry” DOST – Philippine Textile Research Institute, Philippines
(2021) “Eyes on Asia: Textiles and Identity: Future Proofing Our Textiles” Asia Society, Manila, Philippines
(2021) Moderator, National Commission on Culture and the Arts, Philippines
(2021) Rediscovering the Modern Filipino, Philippines Star (Print & Online)
(2019) ‘Green, Organic Cosmetics Purchasing Behaviors of Residents in the Philippines’ (Presenter and Co-authors with Ayson, C., Balarbar, M., Tremedal, J.) 7th National Business and Management Conference, De La Salle University Manila & Holy Angel University, Philippines
(2019) Cultural Partners Consultation, Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila City, Philippines
(2019 “Corporate Entrepreneurship within Filipino Sustainable Brands” (Authors: Cablizo, R. Palaganas, E)
(2019) E-commerce connecting Filipino Fashion Producers and MSMEs, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – ASEAN, Makati City, Philippines
(2019) “Entrepreneurial E-commerce: Chat bots in the Philippines”
(2018) “Brand Trust, Smart Shopping and Filipino Multichannel Purchase Intentions”,
(2018) “Fashion Design Council of the Philippines: Relevance & A Marketing Study”
(2018) “Corporate Entrepreneurship in Philippine Fashion Week”




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