February 28, 2023 | 11:30am
MANILA, Philippines — See the dress, but focus on the woman. That came from Vera Wang and, indeed, it’s true at least for Filipino fashion designers Gavin Ruffy and Glyn Allen Magtibay. Rather than designing great dresses to be popular, they put more importance on comfort, fit, authenticity and beauty.
Brother helps them do this through versatile products like the Brother A150 sewing machine. Like Gavin and Glyn Allen, fashion designers consider Brother machines as a reliable partner in turning their creative vision into reality.
Gavin Ruffy: Chic is subtle, simple and silent
Gavin Ruffy has been designing for almost 10 years now. He remembers his first sewing machine, a Brother that was given to him as a gift in high school. “That’s what I used when I learned how to use a sewing machine,” he recalls, “I don’t remember having a hard time using it even if there was no one guiding me aside from the manual—YouTube tutorials weren’t a thing back then!”
Today, Gavin Ruffy uses the A150 Brother sewing machine. “I like that it has many kinds of stitches in one machine. It has all the functions I need so I don’t have to buy different kinds of machines,” he explains.
“It’s also portable so I can bring my work with me so when there are days I can’t visit my studio, I can work from home. I also like that it’s computerized—so easy to adjust the settings I need to get a precise and good quality stitch.”
In college, Gavin studied Fashion Design and Merchandising at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde. After working for five years in fashion retail, he started designing full-time back in 2018.
Today, Gavin Ruffy’s name has been creating a