Biography/Background/Profile:

Achieved a proven track record in business through creating concepts, and developing both commercial and innovative ideas (wholesale & retail), Covering all over product development work, as well as conceptualization and design. Knowledgeable with the latest trends and directions in various fields like fashion, music, the arts, film, media/advertising, and general lifestyle.

Born in Manila, raised by his maternal grandmother from birth till age 7, grew up in south east Asia till age 20. Son of a trade union lawyer for 60yrs and his 2nd cousin (a nutritionist for W.H.O.). Was a Roman Catholic school boy in San Beda College till '81, then went to high school in Benedictine Abbey (batch '85-Pilot Class).

Started own business @ age 16 (youngest proprietor registered @ DTI in the mid 80s) designing and selling t-shirts, bags, hats, men's clothing (as a supplier to 2 top department store chains- Cinderella and Rustan's in Manila), then eventually had his own brand/label Zeitgeist (clothing /accessories) whilst still studying in university (double BA degree in political science & philosophy @ De La Salle University)1985-1989 (Dean's List).

Began extensive travels to Europe and America after university degree, lived in New York, Paris, and now still based in London becoming a British citizen (for more than 2 decades).

Started officially working in London as a designer for an import/export company (Freetrade Import Export Ltd.) then for a wholesaler/supplier (Jeffrey Orenstein Ltd.- supplying department stores like John Lewis from 1992-1994.

Owned and ran a trendy shop at the Bluebird Garage in Chelsea-London in 1994.

Became Product Development Designer and Stylist for Harrods Knightsbridge & International-own brand of merchandise, reporting to both the merchandising director Mr. Manfred Sip and the chairman Mr. Mohammed Al Fayed from '94 -'96.

Also did freelance work for another world re-known top upmarket luxury goods company Asprey, reporting directly to both the merchandise director and the chairman Mr. John Asprey'96. Moreover, extra work experience doing design for the fashion forecasting agency Design Intelligence '95(London).

Was Head of Marketing And Public Relations for Tigergrade Limited-group of bars/clubs/restaurants from 1996-2001 (Freedom, Mondo, Ego, Beach Blanket Babylon) during the period of 'Cool Britannia' -organizing and hosting events for fashion, film, music, theater, film and the arts...

*Awarded for Best Invitations, Promotions, and Gimmicks by the London Bar&Club Awards.

Had own fashion company Style Intelligentsia representing young up and coming designers from London, Paris, Berlin, and Antwerp as Communications and Creative Director in 2001, as well as hosting events in various fields...

Conceptualized, owned and ran his own bar/club in Central London-Parker Place at 51-52 Parker St. WC2 (Covent Garden/Holborn border) from December 2002 till May 2005 as a sole proprietor.

Creative Director/Founder of online lifestyle magazine FACADES-online.com which covers Fashion, Art, Culture, Architecture, Design, Events, & Society.

Proper CV, albums of press/magazine clippings and portfolios of various works/projects available.


Jose Espinas Jr

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