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 Design Fashion Issue 45 Lisa Yamai Snow Peak's president wants you to get out more. Fashion Issue 45 Bianca Saunders The future (of menswear) is female. Design Issue 45 Mac Collins Four questions for an emerging designer. Design Issue 45 Last Night What did jewelry designer Sophie Bille Brahe do with her evening? Fashion Issue 44 Under the Sun Far niente, on the faraway island of Alicudi. Design Interiors Issue 44 Giancarlo Valle At work with Giancarlo Valle.