Davao City and Tacurong-based designer Raymond Umpa is best known for his ultra-feminine and romantic gowns. His inclination towards volume, movement, and shape are also evident in his works, and of course, his conspicuous love for embellishments: may it be in the forms of lace appliques, beadworks and/or fabric manipulations, is something that is very true to the core of the Raymond Umpa Atelier brand.
Born on March 15 in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, Raymond has always exhibited a flair for fashion design but decided not to really pursue a career in fashion due to some personal reasons. Instead, he took the road that was traveled by most of his peers during his college years.
Being an academic achiever since grade school, it didn’t come as a surprise when he graduated Magna cum Laude at San Pedro College with a degree in Nursing. He was able to practice his profession as a nurse for several years and at different hospitals in Davao City before he finally took a leap of faith in the fashion industry.
He was first a self-taught fashion designer in Davao City, who later got his certificates for Basic Sewing and Patternmaking at Fashion Institute of Design and Arts. He worked as an Associate Fashion Designer at one of the bridal shops in Davao City, where he learned more about the ins and outs of the business.
Raymond was one of the 12 finalists out of the more than 100 entries of MODA Mindanao 2017 Design Competition. The finalists were tasked to deliver 1 entry for couture and 1 entry for pret-a-porter. It was his first fashion-related competition and also his first exposure to the public as a designer. It was indeed a milestone to his career in fashion.
In order to equip himself more with the technicalities in fashion design, he also got additional certificates at Institute of Fashion and Creative Arts. He believes that in order to be indispensable in this industry, one must always be a step ahead.
With a growing list of happy clients, Raymond has indeed proved that he is someone that every bride, groom, debutante and fashion connoisseur should look into.
Recently, he also started his collections of gowns and suits for rent in Davao City and Tacurong City. He believes that one could look expensive and fabulous, without really spending a fortune.
With what he has up his fashionable sleeves, he can definitely make your couture dreams come true.