Lulu Tan–Gan’s name has been synonymous with beautifully crafted knitwear fashion since 1985. Hailed the ‘Queen of Knitwear,’ Lulu continues her design evolution with her extended hand–woven line, “Indigenous Couture” merging the old-world sophistication of Philippine artisan craft with contemporary design. The result is a mastery of construction, current yet ingenious lifestyle dressing, and a distinctive feminine sensibility.
The first two decades of Lulu’s career is marked by her iconic knitwear, which redefined the versatility of knits for the local fashion industry. A favorite of expatriates, tourists, and the jet–set crowd, Lulu’s knits continue to receive praise and accolades for its sleek lines, custom-dyed threads, and fluid, flattering forms.
A fine arts graduate, Lulu has always been driven to find aesthetic design solutions for material challenges. In what she considers the second phase of her career, she takes on the challenge of integrating native fabrics such as piña and silk into her knits collection.
Lulu’s clever play on fashion and function is evident in these signature knit variations, which evolve the use of indigenous fabrics as native costumes to become fashionable, “wearable collectibles”. The indigenous piña’s golden patina deepens over the years, creating modern heirloom pieces that become even more beautiful with time. Reaffirming her mastery of materials, the modern heirloom collectibles are feats of color, construction, texture, and fall.
Lulu’s vision is to encourage the use of stylized indigenous and traditional wear, and in so doing, promote distinctly Filipino fabrics, traditional crafts, and design. The designer draws inspiration from the rich textile and embroidery traditions of the Philippines – from the geometric patterns of traditional tribal woven cloths to the exquisite embroidery and beadwork – and interprets these on her modern silhouettes.
Lulu is an advisory board member of the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines, of which she previously held the position of president. A recipient of the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Art and Letters) given by the French Minister of Culture. Lulu is also a board member of the Alliance Francaise de Manille.
Our passion for creating women’s fashions using indigenous textile materials has made us one of the most innovative fashion design companies in Asia. We release four esteemed collections every year, each one an expression of our material reinvention, contemporary design technique, and commitment to high standards. All TAN–GAN items are 95% handmade: hand–loomed (knitted and woven) by artisans in the Philippines.
At TAN–GAN, we celebrate quality and craftsmanship. Generations of knowledge and skill go into our hand–loomed and hand–embroidered natural materials. We work with the best artisans in the Philippines to define a new level of exclusivity and everyday luxury – and ultimately, create our modern heirlooms.
Every day, every wear
A journey should take you to both past and future. Weaving nostalgia and novelty into luxurious fabrics and cool cuts, the TAN-–GAN collections evolve native ensembles to wearable collectibles. Our exotic accessories layer beautifully over eveningwear or everyday denim, and transition seamlessly from casual to formal, day to night.
Feed your wanderlust with signature pieces that pack light and easy with origami–folds. Indispensable to the stylish voyager, our piña’s golden patina deepens over the years, creating modern heirlooms that are as luxurious and sophisticated, as they are bold.
239 Colonel Santos Street
South Cembo, Makati City
Tel: +63 2 882 5305
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2nd Floor, Greenbelt 5
Ayala Malls, Legaspi Street
Makati City, Philippines