Two is always better than one; so when New York-based fashion designer TC Alvarez-Sibal decided to move back to the Philippines and start her own label, she couldn't think of a better business partner than her sister, Ana-Alvarez Laygo. Thus Two Chic Manila was born - a fashion house front lining luxe, bohemian-inspired wedding gowns that are designed for the stylish bride.
It was the love for creating clothes that pushed sisters TC and Ana to start their own brand back in 2008. They both shared a passion for making pieces look special and unique, which they interpreted by adding a modern twist to beadwork and embroidery.
Apart from the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into each gown, the sisters also infuse a bit of the bride's personality, by really making an effort to get to know their client. This is also the reason why they only primarily accept wedding gowns more than entourage gowns. "I think the whole process of creating a wedding gown is a very emotional one," shares TC, who enjoys getting to know each of her brides and what they want. They try to make the gowns as personalized as possible, juggling their ideas with the personality of the bride. They also consider the venue and theme of the event to create a sense of harmony among all wedding elements. After establishing the over-all feel, TC then focuses on the silhouette and shape. Finally, the detailed embellishment and beadwork completes the look.
Because a Two Chic Manila creation really banks on embroidery, beadwork, and embellishments, they advise brides to come and see them at least 6 months before the occasion. "The more time I take, the better it looks," says TC.
TC and Ana believe that the wedding gown is still the focal point of any wedding and aim for a Two Chic Manila creation that creates an impact while complementing the bride, and not just serves as a mere accessory.