Esme Palaganas. I’m a design and creative industry practitioner who works in the intersection of creativity, culture and innovation. Know more about me here.
Visiting Lecturer at De La Salle University Manila, Philippines
MSc Student in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership with a focus on digital assets, NFTs and Metaverse at Bayes Business School, City University of London, United Kingdom.
PHx Fashion Conference. Co-founder.
PHx Fashion is a privately-led initiative that aims to propel fledging Filipino fashion brands to a global level. The initial conference featured 25+ fashion professionals which resulted to major corporate sponsors, 500+ attendees, ₱30M publicity value, and evolved to online workshops and talks. It led to an incubation program and pop-up at Tokyo, Japan handled by the Department of Trade and Industries – Center of International Trade, Expositions and Missions.
Basic Movement. Designer and Creative Lead.
After finishing her Fashion Design and Merchandising degree at DLS-College of Saint Benilde in 2014, she debuted her brand Basic Movement which was picked up by Preview Emerging Fashion Talent Awards and Mega Emerging Fashion Talent. She was recognized at the Philippine Fashion Ball and Bench Design Awards in 2017, and represented the Philippines at the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search in Kuala Lumpur.
From then on, her sartorial and style endeavors grew with talks and activations for Basic Movement Club ,eventually merged to PHx Fashion Conference.
Philippine Fashion Coalition. Board of Trustees. Founding Special Projects Chairperson, Current Policy and Planning Chairperson.
PFC is the national business support organization for over 300,000 workers and fashion professionals across 12 regions in the Philippines. Head the Special Projects Committee for its first successful fundraising year. Led the consolidation and presentation of data in 10+ Congress and Senate industry hearings on the Textile, Creative Services and Fashion Industry through working with 15+ academic and higher education institutions.