One on One with Doyle See of Killapinas Threads

Categories: Arts, Featured, People

TambayanBox.ORG has aimed to feature what CEBU has to offer. We humbly introduce our new section, “The People”, to highlight the people in Cebu. You may be next!

To grace our maiden feature for “The People”, we will feature a guy that has made a mark in Cebu’s independent local clothing industry. Let’s hear it from Doyle See of Killapinas Threads.

Doyle See of Killapinas Threads (Photo by: Rafael Gandiongco)

Doyle See of Killapinas Threads (Photo by: Rafael Gandiongco)

TambayanBox: For the sake of everybody, can you give a brief introduction about yourself?
Doyle: Hi, my name is Doyle See. I own and run Killapinas Threads. I’m also a web developer and a graphic designer doing apparel, CD layouts and the likes.

TB:  How are you and Killapinas doing?
DS:
Fine, it’s been a bumpy ride lately but everything’s good. I’ve already started working on some new designs for our Summer release and hoping to get everything done by this month.

TB: How did Killapinas start?
DS
: Way back 2007, I had this vision of doing merch for local bands in the scene to help them push their music to wider audiences. I used the idea and applied it initially with my band. I eventually did a few designs for friends who were in bands as well as for a local clothing line during that time. After a couple of years, I decided to start my own line as I had a few ideas and concepts that wouldn’t really fit in with the bands and brands that I was working with.

TB: What keeps you busy aside from Killapinas?
DS:
Well, I have a full-time job and a few freelance stuff that keeps me busy all the time. My family also has a small business that I try and help as well. On weekends, if I’m not busy, me and my girl would go food tipping which makes me happy.

TB: What are your inspirations behind the designs for Killapinas?
DS:
Usually horror stuff like vampires, ghosts, killers and of course everyones’ favorite – zombies! I also add in some pop-culture and a few cliche ideas just to stir up a little humor and not just be all brutal and gore-y – which is evident in the I HEART HORROR design that I did late last year.

Doyle See with the I HEART HORROR Shirt

Doyle See with the I HEART HORROR Shirt

TB: Do you plan on going for a softer/smoother/cartoony concept for Killapinas anytime soon?
DS:
Not really, I don’t think I’ll be going that route anytime soon. Although the first Killapinas releases were a bit “cartoony” but I’ve made some huge changes to the brand so as to try and be different from the rest of the local clothing lines we all see recently. But who knows, I might try some rad cartoon stuff in the future just to surprise everyone!

TB: Independent Clothing Lines in Cebu are sprouting like mushrooms. Do you think this does the industry any good? Why or why not?
DS
: I think everything, whether it be a trend has both positive and negative effects. The good thing about this is the “competition” which drives clothing lines to step up their game thus producing more quality stuff. The negative side is that a lot of these new brands don’t realize that and just view it as an opportunity to be popular with their friends and gain some extra cash.

TB: What sets you apart from the other clothing lines in Cebu?
DS:
For one, we’ve strayed away from the colorful cartoon trend; no offense to a few brands that perfectly work their line with this concept which I have high respects. We’ve also generally used monochromatic colors for the print and gray/white colored shirts for the majority of our releases. Basically, we’re different because we try and work with HUGE designs that aren’t too busy but just in-your-face bad-ass art.

TB: Where can fans/potential clients stalk you and/or Killapinas?
DS:
For stuff about me, just check out these links:
Official website: www.doylesee.tk
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/overdoseph
Twitter: www.twitter.com/oohdoyle

For Killapinas stuff;
Official website: www.killapinas.tk
Facebook personal page: www.facebook.com/killapinasthreads
Facebook fanpage: www.facebook.com/killapinasthreadsph
Twitter: www.twitter.com/killapinas

TB: Thank you for your time and for not hesitating to grant our request for an interview. Wish you and Killapinas all the best.
DS:
You’re welcome, anytime! Thank you for this interview as well. Ciao!

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