“I get inspired by architecture and fine arts. I’m drawn to simplified forms, organic shapes, different perspectives of beauty and details”. His style – powerful, functional yet sophisticated - is a continuous confluence of multi-cultural references.
Otto is a naturalized Italian, born to Filipino parents in 1979. As a kid in the 80s, he was influenced by the aesthetics and details of classic man elegance thanks to his father, a bespoke tailor from Tarlac, a small town in the Philippines where he grew up.
As a teenager in the 90s, following the family expectations, he was enrolled in dentistry school but decided to escape soon after with the dream to pursue a career in fashion in Italy.
Trained at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), he started as an assistant to the Creative Director of a well-known concept store in Milan with projects for clients such as Vogue Italia, Gianfranco Ferré, Taschen and the likes. In 2009, Otto’s talent was interviewed by Manuela Pavesi, Prada’s historic fashion coordinator and Miuccia’s right hand and he landed a job for the prestigious Milanese Maison. In the following years he joined other brands such as Moncler, Trussardi and Marni and he embarked in a number of projects and installations around the world that shaped, refined and influenced his aesthetics.
After 20 years in the Italian fashion industry, in 2018, Otto launched his RTW clothing line OTTOMONDI.
Answering to his Filipino roots, in the same year, as a tribute to the craftsmanship and the heritage of his homeland, Otto introduced OTTOMONDI Red Label project.
Otto uses clothes to tell stories from all over the world, serving as a platform to narrate the multi-cultural life experiences accumulated during his life. His designs and aesthetics show his ongoing dialogue with the art world.