MACO by Maco Custodio
Former First Lady Imelda Marcos famously amassed more than 1,000 pairs of them, while small town Liliw is dedicated to the art of handcrafting them, and a museum in Marikina is devoted to their history – there’s no denying that the Philippines has a complex relationship with the all-important shoe. But pushing this love to its very outer limits is moccasin maverick Maco Custodio, who is somewhat surprisingly – in a city of classic-clothing devotees – generating a following of fashion-fearless men and women mesmerised by his whimsical, modern, and, at times, downright bizarre designs.
As an industrial design graduate, Custodio has long been challenging the boundaries of structural engineering with eye-wateringly high heels and unusual shapes in materials ranging from wood to perspex for the female foot. Lately however, Custodio has forayed into an as yet unexplored area – leatherware – fashioning collars, bow ties, belts, box bags and envelope clutches from leather scraps in a range of bold blocked colours, including a recent women’s belt design made from a thin strip of Bordeaux calfskin leather, crowned with a hand-carved Baroque wooden buckle. Custodio is also venturing into men’s shoes (think canvas brogues printed with loud patterns from tropical to tweed), and an adorable line of ‘Macolets’, a range of mini slip-ons for little fashionistas in the making. Quirk-chic kicks for the whole clan – fab!