Gavin Ruffy has been designing since 2014. He took Fashion Design and Merchandising at De La Salle College of St. Benilde. Gavin started designing fulltime in 2018 after working for five years in fashion retail. He was one of the 12 finalists of Ternocon 2020, a fashion design competition sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Bench.
When asked who inspired him to become a fashion designer, Gavin replied, “I’ve always been inclined toward the arts ever since I was young. When I was a kid, I would always read books about arts. I enjoyed watching shows about how to do crafts and then I try them myself. My favorite pastime was coloring books. I liked using my hands and doing anything creative, so being in a creative industry came naturally to me. When I was in high school, I used to watch Project Runway religiously and I’d be inspired by the show. Secretly, I would use my sister’s dolls and make mini dresses for them using my handkerchiefs. I would always sketch at the back of my notebook and my peers started noticing my talent for it. Then, maybe in third or fourth year in high school, my mother gifted me a portable sewing machine out of nowhere. I started experimenting with it and doing mini DIY projects. I enjoyed making clothes and that’s when I realized I wanted to have a career in fashion.”
In 2020, together with his business partner John Loang, he cofounded casual ready to wear (RTW) brand Studio Philippo, where he takes charge of designing and creative direction for the brand. He also expanded and started his RTW line for women named Gavin Ruffy Studio, which was launched at the Katutubo x Bench pop-up market. Gavin shares that although he is