Introducing Designer Michelle Aquino and M Dot
East Village designer sets trends
Clothing Designer Michelle Aquino has been making her own clothes since she was a little girl. First given a sewing machine by her grandmother in order to re-make her sister’s old clothing, Aquino took the skills of simple hemming and patching to another level. And almost two years ago she launched her clothing line—M Dot.
“Growing up in National City, I don’t believe people think of this area as a Mecca for fashion. But, I bring my culture as a Filipina to my work, and create custom and couture clothing for my customers that are hopefully one of a kind, and that they feel are timeless pieces. That’s my goal,” Aquino says.
Last year Aquino opened her own work/live space in the East Village neighborhood of downtown San Diego. The artists and designers who live in this area have begun calling it their “Artist District”—offering to open their studios to the public in a block party atmosphere every last Sunday of the month.
Aquino calls her fall 2011 collection “Equestrian Romance”. Using the Southwest and Boho Chic for inspiration, the fabrics are in chiffons, tweeds, silks, and wools with graphic patterns, rich bold colors, and romantic and feminine silhouettes. She says the line is a cross between Ralph Lauren and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Already looking to Spring/Summer 2012, Aquino says her resort line will be called “La Belize”.