MANILA – After Michael Cinco and Ezra Santos, another Filipino designer has entered Dubai’s fashion scene.
Jef Albea, who has created gowns for local celebrities like Maja Salvador, Lea Salonga, and Zsa Zsa Padilla, has opened a shop in Dubai.
According to a report by Gulf News, Albea considers Dubai his “second home.”
“My inspiration to pursue my career is basically because of Dubai. I promised myself that I will come build my own [shop here] when I am ready. Fate has led me [here]; this is the right time,” he told Gulf News.
“We have a list of clientele and they are very excited about our creations. Orders are flowing in, like wedding gowns! We are very confident and motivated to show the Emirati women our passion and dedication to create haute couture,” he added.
Albea said he is inspired by his friends and fellow designers, Cinco and Santos. He hopes to have the chance to design a gown for pop star Madonna, saying she is “an icon of style.”
When asked to give advice to budding designers, he replied: “Never stop learning. Never spend a day without learning something new. Never end a day without trying something new. Every day is a learning stage. And always believe that everything will come to you, just believe in the right timing.”