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Zarah Jane Juan

2023 Fellow

Creative Director/President, Zarah Juan

Zarah Jane
Muntinlupa City, Philippines

The Zarah Juan brand, founded by Zarah Jane Juan, is a social and cultural enterprise that supports sustainable livelihoods through partnerships with different Filipino artisans. Its collection of one-of-a-kind shoes, bags, and accessories is an innovation of Filipino craftsmanship that expertly combines traditional and modern designs. The Zarah Juan Brand outsources production of its products to various Filipino artisans. Zarah’s company also provides continuous mentorship and capacity-building for the communities it engages, supporting sustainable livelihoods and promoting the uniqueness of each community.

A multi-awarded Filipino designer, Zarah Juan’s creations have been featured in the most prestigious fashion magazines in the world including Vogue Italia, Vogue Hong Kong, and Vogue Philippines. Forbes Magazine heralded her work as an immediate show stopper, describing her as a brilliant designer for weaving nostalgia and cultural awareness into her pieces.

Zarah was awarded Top 100 Most Influential Filipina in the World 2019 in Paris, France, and the Philippines’ representative in Papua New Guinea for the 2018 APEC BEST Award, where she brought home the most prestigious award: Most Innovative Business Model.