by RIA LIMAstella PH
Maker: Ria Lim
Foundation Year: 2016
Product(s): Screen-printed clothing
Astella is the clothing brand and brainchild of design student Ria Lim. She sells screen-printed clothing with nature-themed design and patterns. Astella’s product line ranges from hand-printed T-shirts to structured blouses, skirts, and shorts that can work as stand-alone pieces or ensembles for men, women, and children. The brand uses sustainble methods in their clothing design production and are currently experimenting on embroidery and other techniques.
Ria's pieces are meant to reflect her own background. Having grown up on the picturesque island of Palawan, the prints and style of her garments characterize island life featuring images and patterns drawn from nature.
When she felt her plans for college were looking bleak, Ria Lim decided to take a rest year from college. Though her initial venture idea was sustainable design and architecture, she felt unsure about how she would fit into that field. What she was sure of was that she wanted to design products that would influence people’s daily lives. So with a nudge from her mother, the founder of Tepiña, a brand of handwoven fabrics, and with a few sewing and patternmaking classes, Ria started making clothes and eventually starting her own brand.
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Wear from the waves, The Benildean (2017)