Before founding his namesake label in 2015, Carl Jan Cruz had followed the conventional trajectory of the fashion design student; he studied at London College of Fashion and then cut his teeth interning at Celine during the iconic reign of Phoebe Philo. Upon graduation, however, Cruz decided that he wanted to go back to his native Philippines and create his brand in the capital, Manila—a city not known for its fashion scene. It was also across the world from everyone This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Fashion Films Issue 47 Farida Khelfa France’s fashion muse. Fashion Issue 47 Between Us The world looks brighter among old friends. Fashion Issue 47 Veneda Carter An interview with a superstar stylist. Design Fashion Issue 47 Jean Touitou The A.P.C. founder on the demands of hype and craft. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 47 Last Night What did New York stylist Beverly Nguyen do with her evening? Fashion Issue 46 Home Free The upside of downtime on a slow Sunday afternoon.