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This Fashion Designer Makes the Case For Modern Bohemian Style

Stacy Rodriguez shares how she imbues her fresh, eclectic sense of style into her namesake line, Eustacia.
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Stacy Rodriguez shares how she imbues her fresh, eclectic sense of style into her namesake line, Eustacia.

How did you get into fashion?
I thought I wanted to have a career in diplomacy, but I realized that was too serious. Fashion is serious too, but in a different way. After doing celebrity styling for a while, I started making clothes. I went into fashion school in New York a little bit arrogant because I had some sort of background already, but everyone was so good—maybe 80 percent of them were better than me, and I was older. It was a different animal.


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Stacy wears her own Eustacia top at her studio.

What did you take away from that experience?
I interned at Badgley Mischka, The Row, and Altuzarra. I learned to keep my cuts classic from working at Altuzarra, where I realized that if you have a very specific market, clients will come back and buy a skirt again in a different style or color if they already know it works. In my last year in New York, I worked for Badgley Mischka again, which is when I started making gowns. The training taught me to do beadwork and create for an older set of women. But I think in my heart I always knew I wanted to start something in Manila.

What’s your style philosophy?
My taste is very eclectic and bohemian—easygoing, but never too ordinary. I like wearing funky stuff, but it depends on my mood. I used to be much dressier but I’ve since become really casual. It’s also because fashion has become very casual, in general.

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Eustacia’s debut collection.

Who do you make clothes for?
I have a lot of clients who come in and shop in threes to make sure they don’t have the same things. I realize much of my market is made up of friends of friends, and that’s why my hashtag is #EustaciaGirls. It’s a “girl gang” kind of thing. The concept of making clothes for a certain kind of woman is something that I’ve really emphasized on because I want to be able to wear all the clothes that I make too.

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Stacy’s favorite jacket.

Tell us about your debut collection for Eustacia.
I like to work with prints. I was looking at pictures of Salvation Mountain in California a lot. In the middle of the desert, people had painted different things, a lot of stripes. I usually loosely base all my designs on my travels. I already had the silhouettes in mind, and then I found this shade of blue.

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What does your next collection look like?
I’m launching the more luxe side of Eustacia in my upcoming holiday collection. It will have richer colors, a lot of silk, velvet, and tulle, but with silhouettes that are flattering and easy to wear. Maybe I’m nostalgic because people dress more casually now.

Visit Eustacia by appointment, [email protected]; 0956.475.8918; 3340 Harvard corner Danlig Street, Barangay Pinagkaisahan, Makati; shopeustacia.com.

This story was originally published in the October 2017 issue of Town&Country.

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