Schedule of Events
09 OCT 2013
EO Philippines GSEA Global Finals Representative
Risqué Designs by Tal de Guzman is an artistic Filipino brand that savors exploration of the boundaries of human creativity through its footwear pieces. It integrates local craftsmanship such as hand-weaving, hand-carving and embroidery with high quality materials like local leather and hand-woven fabric in developing customized designs.
Each pair of shoes is co-designed by the client and the designer. The customization process may be done in three ways, through Design, Material and Fit. Special requests in terms of material and feet size/conditions are welcomed. All designs are approved by the client before producing the shoes. A client may also request for a unique design that may never be repeated in the history of Risqué.
The concept involved in producing a design is more crucial to the brand, rather than merely massproducing several products for the sake of profit. Each Risqué design is produced in very limited quantities to preserve its exclusivity, most in 6 pairs only per design, one pair per size in sizes 5 to 10. Owner and designer, Kristal Leen (Tal) de Guzman, is a graduate of BFA Art Management from the Ateneo de Manila University. She is also currently finishing a Fashion Design course from the School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA) and an Entrepreneurship Degree from The One School. Tal de Guzman also took a short course in Bag Production and Bag Design from SoFA. Prior to establishing Risqué and getting additional degrees, she worked as the Assistant Art Director for Galleria Duemila and Human Resource Manager for H&H Industrial, Marine and Allied Services, Inc.
Tal was also a finalist in the Weaving the Future 2011 Competition by the Fashion Design Council of the Philippines, where her entry was a bag composed of hand-carved wooden frame and talahib weave. She was also a participant of the ASEANpreneurs Youth Leaders Exchange (AYLE) 2009 organized by the National University of Singapore's ASEANpreneurs, which was held in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2006, she was also a recipient of the Miriam College Chi-Ro Award.