Ignacio Loyola – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf

Tastemaker – Ignacio Loyola

Fashion Designer

The mastermind behind Atelier Ignacio at Dubai’s illustrious art enclave – Dubai Design District, Ignacio Loyola is all about the edgy and unusual. Toeing the line between avant-garde and sophisticated elegance, Ignacio’s designs have a very strong local cult following and have been featured in many of the region’s pop artists’ music videos, as well as in collaborative projects with brands like Boucheron, as well as Art Abu Dhabi.

A talented fashion createur on the rise, who is all about breaking boundaries Ignacio’s fashion and design background earned from studying at the renowned Instituto Marangoni in Milan, as well as the Philippine Women’s University has served him well.  The designer also carries with him a slew of achievements, including representing the Philippines at the Paris Young Designers Competition as the FCDP’s Philippine Design Competition’s winner, and the grand prize at the International Smirnoff Mule Fashion Awards.


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Ignacio Loyola

Fashion Designer  

Ignacio Loyola – the entrepreneur behind Atelier Ignacio of the prestigious Dubai Design District – is a prolific craftsman and fashion designer born. A master of the unexpected and an avant-garde fiend, his unique creations that exemplify his love and skill for fabrication of the unusual are what makes his designs so innovative.

Photo by: Joan Bitagcol

Creating pieces that have been featured in music videos and brand campaigns, including Boucheron for Abu Dhabi Art, Ignacio has racked up an impressive array of accomplishments throughout his career. He won the FDCP’s Philippine Fashion Design Competition twice, where he subsequently represented the Philippines in the Paris Young Designers Competition. He too brought home the grand prize from the Smirnoff Mule Fashion Awards, both in the Philippines and internationally, designing three pieces inspired by the tribes of the Northern Philippines.

A fashion design graduate of Instituto Marangoni in Milan, and interior design alumnus of the Philippine Women’s University, he now runs his very own atelier – Atelier Ignacio of Dubai Design District, an accomplishment of paramount importance, with future pursuits of breaking fashion boundaries intrinsic to his brand’s DNA.

Regarding the advice he gives to Pinoys when it comes to advancing in one’s career, he shares: “No amount of talent, skill, knowledge and hard work is worth it if you have no focus and objective. Once you have a target, planning is the key.”




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