“I am a budding designer with the goal of moving my clients with stories I tell with my pieces and also encouraging them to be idiosyncratic,” said Jann Christian Bungcaras as a sustainable fashion designer born and raised in Cebu, an island south of the capital of the Philippines.
As stated in ID magazine, the eager 25-year old realised environmentally-friendly designs were the way forward after watching a National Geographic Documentary, Six Degrees Could Change the World, in middle school, opening his eyes to the harsh realities of climate change. With his mission to be a sustainable designer in mind, his goal has been to only use reused materials for all his clothes.
“I believe that it is our responsibility as humans to take care of this world, but as days go by everything seems to be getting worse. Being a sustainable fashion designer for me is a step in the right direction in lessening the negative impact of this industry on the world by turning waste into wearable art,” said Jann Christian Bungcaras during the Redress Design Award 2020, a worldwide sustainable fashion design competition focusing on the impact of the fashion industry on the environment and stated how the same industry can help remedy this issue – where he won its People’s Choice Award.
— WANDERINGS OF A CHILD PRINCE by Jann Bungcaras – In fashion show BDA Runway, photographed by Orange and Teal (left) – A portrait, photographed by Gerard Gloton, style by Jnel Rabe, make up by Renz Guevarra, modeled by Kenneth Marcelino (right). Source: Not Just A Label —
As a designer, he focuses more on tailoring, asexual silhouettes, and handicrafts such as felting, knitting, and crochet. The team use rescued materials from industry landfills – textile-wastes (fabric end-of-rolls, zippers, damaged fabric, garters and so on) in the garments, and during production they opt for hand-cutting panels and mechanical sewing machines just to lesser the carbon emission. “I am also an environmentalist which paved way to my love of using organic and upcycled materials,” explained Jann Bungcaras about himself.
— HOWLING: A WOLF’S LONGING by Jann Bungcaras. All images photographed by Briann Tan, styled by Gee Jocson, logistics by Nina Amoncio, modeled by Gio of Certeza Models. Source: Not Just A Label —
In the interview with Lia Savillo, a contributor of the ID Magazine UK – Bungcaras said that since his severe illness diagnosis in 2016, he knew that his life would be short. About his goal: “So since then I’ve been doing what I can to achieve my aspirations in life as a designer. The end goal for me is to develop a sustainability plan that works for our brand to continue existing even when I am not around, and for other designers to use as an example as well. I am willing to supply usable textile waste (to other brands) taking actions that will contribute positively to the environment.”
Source: Filipino designer Jann Bungcaras wants more sustainability in the industry — JANN CHRISTIAN BUNGCARAS REDRESS DESIGN AWARD 2020 PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER — MERCADO VICENTE JANN BUNGCARAS — Jann Bungcaras Collection in Not Just A Label.