Rafe Totengco

Occupation: 
Fashion Accessories Designer of eponymous line, Rafe
Home: 
New York City
First thing he consumes in the a.m.: Banana Nut Crunch cereal  , orange juice and coffee

Wearing: Engineered Garments jacket ; United Arrows sweater, Levi's 501 jeans  ; Crockett & Jones lizard loafers; African woven cotton scarf

Design inspiration: Travel, travel, travel!

Expert advice: 1. Never match your handbags with your shoes, especially if they’re in color. The key is to “coordinate.”
2. Change your bag for the weekend or at night.
3. Don’t buy fakes off the street. If you can’t afford the big luxury labels, buy unique brands.

Celebrities he works with: Jessica Alba, Hayden Panettiere, Vanessa Minnillo, Lacey Chabert, Haylie Duff, Eva Longoria

Style credo: Vive la difference! "Individuality and mixing elements like an Ikat scarf, a button-down Oxford shirt with a vintage army jacket and proper English brogues. A sense of humor about it all doesn’t hurt.

"It" bag in his line for spring: My Rachel studded leather tote  in grey . "It’s so neutral it goes with everything. It’s light and roomy as well."

Go-to items in his closet: "My handwoven scarves from Bali, Africa or India; jackets by Engineered Garments or Robert Geller;slim Uniqlo  or A.P.C. jeans ; boots from Mr. Hollywood in Tokyo

What's totally worth the splurge: An Hermes or Rolex . "You’ll wear them forever."

What he'd never be caught dead wearing: Anything with an obvious logo and anything by Ed Hardy

Fashion icons: Johnny Depp, Steve McQueen, Cary Grant, David Hockney, Dries Van Noten and Paul Smith

Fave stores: Amarcord Vintage and Odin in NY ,Muji anywhere; United Arrows in Tokyo ; and indie stores in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong

What he collects: Vintage bags and shoes. "It’s scary how much I own."

Shoes he adores: My Number (N)ine spectator brogues; custom python and canvas Converse ; and my Heschung biker boots

Grooming routine: Clark's Botanicals  or Borba herbal face wash  and moisturizer  for day and night

Hair products: Redken Maneuver Working Wax or Bumble & Bumble Sumo Tech

Who's been cutting his hair for the past 20 years: Kevin Woon of Woon Salon

Top scent: Aqua Universalis  by Maison Francis Kurkdijan

Book that's bedside now: Map of the Invisible World  by Tash Aw

Fave pastime: Shopping at flea markets, browsing through old book stores and meandering through the galleries in Chelsea
How he stays fit: "Spinning, Vinyasa Yoga and swimming if my schedule permits."

Gadgets he can't live without: "My iPhone  and my Leica D-Lux  . I take photos of everything."

Top travel destinations: Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan, Ubud in Bali and Boracay in the Philippines

Fave restaurants: Indochine ,Bottino, NyoNya, Boqueria , Il Buco , Izakaya Ten, Purple Yam

How he's reducing his carbon footprint: "I walk to work every day, and I’ve skyping with my suppliers. It’s not the same as being there in person, but it’s a start."

Charities he supports: Tapulanga Foundation and Free Arts