Two friends, Teresa Herrera and Rajo Laurel, who share a similar passion for travel and fashion, had a vision, and within a short time, started Isla Resort Collection.
RAJO’s love affair with fashion began at the early age of 11. He studied art at the famed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and later underwent further studies at the prestigious Central St. Martin’s in London. As a young designer, he was awarded Air France’s Young Designer of the Year (1994), Most Promising Designer of the Year (1996) and The Loop’s (Editor’s Choice Award) Favorite Designer (1998). He has also won awards at the ASEAN Young Designers Competition (Singapore, 1993). Known for his daring vision of design, Rajo has staged many fashion shows, most notable of which were his daring Optical Illusions show (Philippines, 2001) which introduced Philippine fashion consciousness to the avant-garde. His Habi show (Philippines, 2004), held at the residence of the British Ambassador to the Philippines, showcased the best of the Philippines’ textiles. He also displayed a Premier Collection created specially for the Young President’s Organization Gala that was held at the Araneta Coliseum (Philippines, 2005).
Teresa, on the other hand, was immersed in the world of dance and art at an early age of 5. Always in search of an outlet for self- expression, she experimented with many different mediums of art both visual (including painting, sculpture & photography) and performing. By the age of 18, Teresa was introduced to the world of fashion and she found herself traveling the globe working as a professional model. As one of the most sought after faces in the fashion world, she has graced the covers and pages of many fashion magazines including, Cosmopolitan, Harpers Bazaar HK, Marie Claire HK, Elle Magazine HK, Mega Magazine, FHM, Uno Men’s Magazine, and Manual Magazine. In addition, she has appeared in notable advertising campaigns such as, Neutrogena, Shell, Carefree, Avon, and Nokia. With her background in and flair for fashion and design, Teresa serves as the Creative director of ISLA.
Combining their experience and passion, Rajo and Teresa’s vision is to bring to life collections that reflect the beauty, serenity and purity of the island lifestyle.
Teresa Silk Dress
Parao jersey sarong
Kitchie short kaftan
Photos by: Marc Nicdao