Sister Act: the girls behind the clothing brand Religioso.
There is a certain bond amongst women who have sisters that only they can understand. I’ve always been fascinated by how this special relationship operates, often relating back to my bond with my own sister. Yvette and Choc of the brand Religioso are two ladies who are different yet similar: for one, they share the same fashion sense which is a big plus since they work so closely in designing and managing their shop. Ever the entrepreneurs, they also own and manage two salons, Studio 546 in Shangri-la Mall and The Style Run in Makati (behind Rustans Supermarket). The sisters are also fitness fanatics, both sporting enviable bods and always mindful of their diet. Both girls also love to travel and take inspiration from the places they visit. “We always have a fresh perspective after a trip and pick up trends wherever we go”, says Choc who is seven years younger and the MTO designer of the two. Big sis Yvette also co-designs and takes care of the business side. An easy banter exists between them, one that’s refreshing and sweet, quickly putting me at ease and made the afternoon a delight to shoot. I met them during my Preview days right when their brand launched in 2005. Both girls have always been easy to talk to, friendly and relaxed without the airs of the typical die-hard fashion person. Since then, their aesthetic has evolved along with their physiques and personal style. What better way to launch my 2016 style profile features than with these two gorgeous ladies!
Choc wears a Religioso floral one piece and oxfords from Hong Kong; Yvette wears a hand me down from her other sister Charmaine.
“We prefer neutrals to prints (but) of course make colorful pieces to cater to our clientele.”
On Yvette: Top and skirt, Religioso; shoes, Mother of Pearl.
On Choc: Top and pants, Religioso; shoes from Hong Kong.
“We end up buying the same thing unknowingly on more than one occasion.”
Pops of color scattered around the minimalist home add life to corners.
Yvette has an Interior Design background and since she doesn’t practice, put her great eye to use in her home instead.
Even her guest bathroom is crazy good! Wall to wall mirrors offer no escape and shows all angles.
Yvette standing in her kids’ nook surrounded by their toys.
She wears all Religioso including the striking statement necklace. Shoes from Nine West.
Legs for miles! Choc wears a back tank top from Topshop and Religioso skirt with Adidas “Rita Ora” Stan Smiths.
“This is the most colorful room in the house!”
Yvette wears a Religioso top and shorts with Converse sneakers.
A chess set with Matroyshka dolls as the pieces!
Their boys, both have two sons, play a round.
Choc wears a Religioso shirt dress and metallic loafers from Tods.
Lounging with Peppa in a Religioso top and Trina Turk gold skirt. Mary Janes from Repetto.
Choc in a Religioso top and pants with Alexander Wang heels.
Marble tic-tac-toe set!
How they plan their next destination.
Some of Yvette’s fave accessories include this multi-strand, extra long pearl necklace.
Her go-to shoes, oxfords from Repetto.
Chanel lambskin bag,
Ray Ban aviators.
Her wedding band.