Real People - Bold Statements: Introducing clients Dee Jae Pa’este & Gabrielle Runnström

Not only are these two really good friends, they are amazing clients as well as creatives in their own right. Dee Jae hails from Silicon Valley’s San Jose, CA., born to an Irish-Polynesian mother and a Filipino father, and Gaby was born in Stockholm, Sweden to a Filipina mother and Swedish father.

At present, Dee Jay has spent the last decade in Manila, Philippines painting murals and coloring the city walls with his creations after living in Japan and New York, working in the art and fashion world and searching for the perfect piece of sushi and inspiration to match.

Influenced by a wide number of sources, Dee Jae’s artwork is both personal and universal. Stylistically, Dee Jae owes quite a bit to the graffiti scene and his peers in the tattoo world. His work has a strong, graphic sensibility, and consists of powerful, primary colors and bold, thick lines reminiscent of microchip circuitry and Polynesian/Filipino tribal tattoos. Follow Dee Jae on IG @deejae408

Gaby moved to the Philippines during her high school years, and grew up racing go-karts and helping her father build his rally cars along with having a passion for building model kits of cars, planes and robots. Her time spent with her mother is where she learned to sew and construct her own costumes and outfits which led to her interest in cosplay at an early age.

Currently she is focusing on bringing her cosplay characters ideas to life. She hand makes all her weapons from scratch, customizes her own wigs, and hand sews all of her own outfits for her costumes. Some notable characters she cosplays as are Rose Quartz from Steven Universe, Eevee from Pokémon, Psylocke & Mystique from X-Men, Cammy from Street Fighter and others.

Her dedication to doing each character justice, makes her one to watch out for and to pay close attention. Follow her on IG @gaby.storm
Dee Jay is wearing a KAB vintage banded collar shirt, customized in a Japanese cotton.
Gaby is wearing our our field skirt made out of the same Japanese cotton as Dee Jay’s shirt.

The couple requested something that was playful and traveled well and showed their connection to each other visually. We think they nail the look.

Photographer: Earl Roxas / @rxserl / Hair & Makeup: Aira Castor / @airacmua

Real People - Bold Statements is a series of profiles where we introduce our amazing clients doing really good things.

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