By JANE KINGSU CHENG
We’ve all heard the saying, “All good things take time.” Mother-of-two Andi Manzano Reyes can very much relate to this as she finally got to launch her mother-and-daughter Andi + Olivia line with her first daughter, five-year-old Olivia.
“It was a long process. It took a year and a half in the making. It started with meetings left and right, coming to agreement on the direction we wanted to take, and conceptualizing and sharing ideas. It was all so exciting,” says Andi of this dream collaboration with online retail brand Zalora.
The non-negotiable agreement for the two parties was that the clothing line had to be wearable. “We wanted the pieces to be versatile and for everyone—catering to moms, soon-to-be moms, breastfeeding moms, and single women. The fabrics are breathable and light. We based it on making it easy to wear. Friendly to all body shapes and sizes. Of course, it had to be comfortable. Pieces that you would want to keep forever. The palettes are all safe colors and flattering,” explains Andi.
POWER DUO The perfect tandem for this exclusive collection
The duo gave their seal of approval on the all 64 pieces of this exclusive collection, down to the fabric and the designs. Olivia helped by picking the clothes and fabric, even small details like pom poms. But her favorite part of the process would be the shoot.
“She was so excited and had so much energy,” recounts Andi. “We had seven layouts, and she wanted more. She picked the clothes she wanted. She was so professional!”
It was also only at the campaign shoot when they got to see everything. Her favorites include the skort and the tube top with non-slip rubber grips, which you can wear as a dress and even pair with shorts or pants. Little girls can enjoy a vast array of printed dresses, ruffled shorts, bow-tie tops, to name a few. Both moms’ and kids’ lines have pieces you can easily mix and match for more fun and variety. Andi also reveals that they were supposed to launch this collection last December, but it got pushed back. “The wait was so worth it. I was almost in tears when I saw the items. What a dream!” she says.
The Andi + Olivia collection is a testament to how doting this mother is to her daughter. At such a young age, Olivia already knows how to help Andi in planning and designing this clothing collection. Her tips? “Let them be kids and let them explore—be funky, be glittery, be flashy if they want! Let them pick items when you shop for them. Let them express themselves even with clothes.”
View the collection at zalora.com.ph/andi-olivia/