By Frannie Jacinto
The Philippine Star
Carissa Cruz- Evangelista has always loved fashion. From the time she joined CITEM 20 years ago as a trade industry development specialist involved in assisting exporters in garments, fashion accessories and leather goods to the present day.
She has fused her attraction for fashion with a passion for working with different artisans, indigenous communities and craftsmen in creating beautiful products. Her Beatriz luxury label launched in October was a hit with seven matching 24- karat hammered gold metal clutches and bracelets that found a following among fashionable ladies looking for beautiful artisanal accessories.
While still a college student, Carissa started out in fashion as a trader supplying garments to department stores and boutiques, and continued with her trading business when she left goverment service. A lot of her garment experience was working hands-on with various factories in Metro Manila. She was also one of the owners of Regatta before it was sold to Golden ABC, the owners of Penshoppe. Read More.