I’ve been to a lot of weddings and seen a lot of wedding videos over the years, but recently I stumbled upon a clip which may be my
We catch up with her at the headquarters of BEAVALDES, the highly sought-after fashion brand created by Marga’s older sister Bea. Marga claims she doesn’t have a real job title (“We just do what needs to be done”) but it’s generally understood that she handles the brand’s sales and marketing.
Beyond securing widespread attention and adulation for the brand, Marga also gets a sense of
The Bea Valdes showroom
As her sister’s number one supporter and fan, Marga’s passion for Bea’s various creations is quite evident, though not unwarranted. “Bea’s items, they are so amazing that they can’t
Source of inspiration
A plethora of usual suspects—from film, food, music, art, design, nature, literature, architecture, and travel—but I also find that getting down to business and focusing on getting work done also provides many creative ideas that can be revealed in the most mundane of situations. “Show up, show up, show up,” Isabel Allende advised, “and after a while the muse shows up, too.”
Greatest professional influence
My sister Bea because we work through everything together— from the psychological, spiritual, (sometimes) physical, creative, and everyday office-related aspects of running a business. We’re together, literally, side by side.
I love fromageries, caviar houses, and the idea of tsukemono (Japanese pickles) shops.
Most admired designers
Zaha Hadid. She was formidable, fluid, expressive, and a “liberator of architectural geometry.” And because she stood among giants. Also Sir Ken Robinson (education and creativity expert) and all proponents of the learning revolution for challenging the way we think about education, for championing a radical rethink of our school systems, and for cultivating creativity and multiple forms of intelligence.
The late Zaha Hadid in her Bea Valdes accessories; and Carmen Busquets in a Bea Valdes vest.
Your idea of the perfect home?
Wherever my children can be found… usually, this is outside, standing amidst the bamboo, doodling away on the outdoor drawing wall.
Marga's Lola Fe Panlilio
Fashion trend you wish would go away?
The idea of throwaway fashion, fast fashion. The mentality that you can throw things away after somebody has taken the time and effort to create something. It’s really wasteful and it is not sustainable. That’s the antithesis of what we are trying to do.
Presenting to Iris Apfel in Paris
What do you consider a must-have item in any home?
A good dining table, arguably the most crucial piece of furniture in the home.
A sense of adventure, sunblock, and my family.
Seeing my parents surrounded by their grandchildren.
Best gift ever received
My engagement ring.
Greatest hope for the future
My children Alonso and Renata, and my nieces, Allegra and Emilia.
Marga’s children Renata and Alonso; and nieces Emilia and Allegra with Renata.
Late night Horlicks with hot milk.
One thing few people know about you
It seems I have an eye for drawing and photography.
Most treasured possession
TJ, my husband and father of my children!
A painting that I made when I was 4, which my mother had framed and kept all these years. It now hangs in my
The painting Marga made as a four-year-old
Who is a young artist that we should keep our eyes on?
My niece, Allegra Rodriguez! She’s 9, and her talent is so pronounced. She paints and is very artistically inclined.