Neil Felipp San Pedro began his design journey as a student of Industrial Design in the University of the Philippines Cebu. Straight out of an intensive apprenticeship with world-renowned furniture designer, Kenneth Cobonpue and while immersed in the family business of manufacturing and exporting metal components and accessories, Neil designed a bag for his mother. It was in this experience that he found his passion in using brass work for fashion accessories.
Neil Felipp San Pedro started his eponymous label in 2010. In the years that followed, the brand Neil Felipp has gathered recognition from both local and international press, editors, stylists, celebrities, and a discerning and loyal clientele who keep his passion for designing ethereally elegant minaudieres and accessories alive.
Awards and recognitions to his credit include the British Council’s Look of Style Awards Accessory Category Winner in 2014 which sent the designer to Sheffield Hallam University in the UK to further hone his craft, Preview Magazine’s Rising Creatives, a mention in the book Rich People Problems by bestselling author Kevin Kwan, and costume credits in the movie adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians, among others.
Each Neil Felipp piece is made in Cebu by hand, where no two are completely alike, made from components crafted by highly skilled local artisans.
Artisans hand-pick shells specific to certain tones and variations, or make parchment from animal skin for the structured clutches.
Metalsmiths produce the intricately designed hardware fashioned into mythical and sometimes whimsical creatures.
Painters bring life to the bags with deftly painted details of lush flora and fauna, adding texture and color for a truly one-of-a-kind piece.
The Neil Felipp design trademark integrates detailed metal craftsmanship, material innovations and a design driven on ethereal elegance that runs through all his creations, be it jewelry, bags or home accessories.