Last May, pure Japanese denim brand BOBSON flew me and Laureen to Osaka for some sort of denim immersion. BOBSON (not to be confused with the local brand of the same name) dates back all the way to the 1950s, and is still a brand trusted by the quality-conscious Japanese. Years of superior craftsmanship, impeccable quality, and uncompromising comfort, have put BOBSON on the denim radar as one of the top 3 local denim brands in Japan.
It’s really a wonderful time to be a fan of Japanese culture in the Philippines, because we’re slowly getting a taste of everything – from beauty products, to fashion brands. Thanks BOBSON for coming to the Philippines!
During our immersion, we got to visit Marronnier College of Fashion Design. They collaborated with BOBSON for a T-Shirt Graphic Design Contest, where students are allowed to submit entries with the theme, “Perfect Circle: The Rising Sun”.
The winning designs will be produced into BOBSON shirts that will be sold in the Philippines. Such a huge deal! Imagine being a student, and having your designs sold internationally!
ParaKiss feels, as soon as we entered the school.
Before the main event, we got a quick tour of the classes.
Students had to present their work in front of the class, and have everyone, teacher included, critique it.
Reminded me of some classes I had in university. So difficult, but it definitely makes you a lot stronger. The key to not getting hurt is to not take things personally.
Fashion sketches that look like manga concept art.
Tanaka from Haikyuu!! My favorite. <3
Fashion includes the whole look, including hair and make-up.
I know how to create high buns, but these students are on a whole different level. No stray strands in sight.
Works in progress.
Fashion books for reference.
All eyes on teacher’s techniques.
Laureen and I got to sit in one of the styling classes. They had a clear book of pegs and different mood boards so the teacher can illustrate certain concepts clearly.
The students themselves were the highlight of the school tour.
Not only did they have amazing personal styles, but they also possessed fun and bubbly personalities! They weren’t afraid to make friends with us despite the language barrier.
W♥C! They analyzed Wakatsuki Chinatsu’s brand in one of their classes. You can even see that they illustrated the shop’s layout.
Magazines to draw inspiration from.
He knows what’s up.
One of the students caught our attention! Check out his piercings! (Also, he reminded me a little of EXO’s Tao.)
One of the students who joined the BOBSON x Marronnier contest.
Guess who the principal of the school is.
Coffee break after lunch.
Having coffee and ice cream in Japan is a must!
Back in Marronnier, the BOBSON team set up a presentation about the design contest. Some students wanted to get our opinions about their outfits on the spot!
I was like, umm, you guys actually dress better than me…
A token of appreciation for participating in the program!
Some of the earliest entries. It’s really so admirable that they put so much thought into their designs. As expected from the Japanese. Not only does it have to look good, but there also has to be a profound explanation behind it.
The two winners each will win ¥50,000, a 3-day, 2-night all-expense paid trip to the Philippines, and BOBSON merchandise and premium items.
The contest entries are now up on BOBSON’s Facebook! You can win exclusive gifts from BOBSON by following these simple steps:
1) Like the FB page
3) Vote for your chosen design/s by liking
4) Comment why you like the design
Thanks Marronnier for the warm welcome! We really felt like we were part of the school even for just a day.
After the school immersion, we went to a department store near Osaka Station to check out some BOBSON products in store.
If you’re wondering what the price points are, you’ll be surprised at how affordable you can get these fresh, crisp, and modern styles. Their denim bottoms range from P1000 to 2000ish. My current BOBSON favorite is the Juri Jeggings style (as seen from these OOTDs) in the darkest wash available.