I’ve just gotten back home to Marikina less than a year ago from the US and already I’ve witnessed friends’ factories close down, and some now empty buildings here in our city. When I drive through the city streets, I see some sewing machines for shoe-making lined up by the pawn shops. When I shop around in our malls, I see more imported labels than pairs made in the Philippines.
At the same time, though, I feel that there is hope, as I’ve seen really beautiful pairs come from Marikina, and read about our shoe designers’ pairs sold internationally, and learn of stories of how several home-grown shoe labels reach out to buyers via innovative retail, and how there are events like the Marikina Shoe Festival and the re-energized national trade shows happening all over!

My goal for this talk is to bring shoe makers, shoe manufacturers, shoe buyers and retailers, and shoe lovers together — meet one another, talk, network, build new brands and businesses together!

This talk will practically be Manila’s premiere DESIGNER SHOE MEET-UP for 2011!

I also plan to have a shoe-making live set-up on stage with me — one of our veteran shoemakers from Marikina — present to us the muscle and determination and skill involved in making our pairs.  Please come with your brand ideas, sketches, business cards, and designing dreams and let us all figure out how to SAVE OUR SHOES!

Seat reservation information at: www.ayalamuseum.org

Tenorio speaks five languages: the languages of design, business, style, international relations, and social development. On October 15, he will articulate all of these as he takes on the popular DesignTalks stage, 3 PM at the Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby.

Tehran-born Filipino-American Brian Tenorio is a Manila/New York-based design manager and strategic communications consultant for international organizations and the corporate and social development sectors.

Tenorio is currently a Design and Branding Specialist at the Asian Development Bank. He also chairs the Designers for Development Network—a group of communications designers from around the world designing for international organizations and development agencies.

His design company, Tenorio Manila, won the Battle of the Business Plans competition in the country, and was a semi-finalist in the Harvard Business School 2005 Entrepreneurial Idol in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a winner of the 2007 Dutch-sponsored Philippine Bid Challenge (a satellite search of the International Business in Development Network Foundation) and also the Philippine Junior Chamber International’s Creative Young Entrepreneur for 2007.

Tenorio’s designs have been shown in art exhibitions in New York and Manila and were also included in the book 50 Must-Buys from Manila launched December 2008.

He finished the Managing the Arts Program at the Asian Institute of Management (2002) after graduating a few years prior at the Ateneo de Manila University (2000). After teaching design at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Communications Department, he was the first to teach footwear design and aesthetics in the Philippines at the School of Fashion and the Arts. Tenorio finished his graduate degree at Pratt Institute’s Design Management Program in New York in 2010, where his research focused on national design policy frameworks for developing countries.

Tenorio is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (same as earlier DesignTalks speaker Lucille Tenazas), the Design Management Institute in Boston, Asia Society in New York, USA and NetImpact.

Tickets to the lecture are available for Php300, discounted to Php150 for students, teachers, senior citizens and Ayala Museum members. For inquiries or reservations, call 757-7117 to 21 loc. 25 or 35, or email education@ayalamuseum.org.