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Unbuttoned with Bea Valdes

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Photo: Marc Nicdao

I first came across the work of Manila based designer Bea Valdes while shopping (where else) online. I was completely stunned by the amazingly intricate work and detail in her pieces along with the eye-catchingly chic color combos.

Valdes supports her local community; all pieces are hand made in the Philippines. Together with her mother, Pamela and her sister, Margarita they maintain a creative environment that allows for the time-insensitive embroidery work to be carried out. Some couture pieces take up to ten weeks to be made. The workshop focuses on experimental embroidery and continues to support artisans and their craftsmanship. It's obvious that her eye for craftsmanship comes as the fourth generation in the fine jewelry business.

Of course, I had to reach out and try to get a glimpse into the mind of the woman behind this gorgeous work.

Favorite heroine(s): My mother, my sister, my daughters
Dream lunch date: Haha! -Monty Don-
Personal motto: God is the in Details
Idea that changed your life: Trying not to use "I" in essays
More inspired by: Recently, landscapes-
Favorite piece in your wardrobe: Lace jacket by Inno Sotto
Biggest extravagance: Time
Can't bare to spend on: DIY furniture
Irrational fear of: heights (now, partially conquered-)
Diamonds or pearls: Diamonds

In a world of mass market retailers I love Valdes' vision of a family business focusing on superior quality and locally made pieces. Her eye for detail has certainly paid off. Valdes' pieces have been showcased in the 2014 Victoria's Secret fashion show, in collaboration with Shanghai Tang and J Mendel and of course just about all of our favorite glossies (Vogue, Marie Claire, Time, Tatler, and the FT's How to Spend It, to name a few). Check out a few images from Bea Valdes' collection below:

Photo: Rachel Rill

Images: Bea Valdes
Truly a woman with both style and substance.

Today marks our inaugural Unbuttoned with post, a regular column where we'll be celebrating "ordinary" women who are really quite extraordinary.  We're looking for artists, visionaries, entrepreneurs and heroes to feature. If there's someone you would like to nominate, please email me at lindsay at wearvaughan dot com.

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