Raffles Fashion Designers Joe Spinelli, Mai Takemori, Paul Nathaphol and Firdaus Aris Rose To The Challenge At Men’s Folio Designer Of The Year 2014

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Singapore – Four Raffles Fashion Designers from Raffles Singapore beat 70 contestants from around the world to compete in the finals and a chance to be crowned as Men’s Folio Designer of the Year. The four finalists were Raffles Fashion Designers namely Giuseppe (Joe) Spinelli, Principal of Raffles Singapore and Programme Director (Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing and Management), Mai Takemori, Paul Nathaphol and Firdaus Aris.

On 5 November, the top 10 finalists from countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia impressed a panel of fashion experts such as style meister, Keith Png; fashion show veteran, Hideki Akiyoshi; and Group Director of FJ Benjamin, Sam Benjamin, at the National Design Centre. After a ‘Question & Answer’ session with the finalists and careful deliberation, Joe Spinelli emerged as the top three finalists in the competition.