THE MAN BEHIND THE BRAND
In 1997 Rafe Totengco designed and launched his namesake handbag collection, Rafé New York, at leading U.S. boutiques. Since then the Rafé brand has increased distribution outlets internationally, and expanded into other accessory categories. Skilled in balancing fashion and function Rafe creates products that loyal fans say never go out of style. He is recognized in the industry to be one of the most acclaimed of a new generation of American-International fashion designers.
Since 1998, Rafe Totengco has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
AWARDS & HONORS
1996 - The "Fresh Faces in Fashion" award from Gen Art
1997 - Honored with the "Ten Best" award by ENK International judging panel
1999 - Finalist, Perry Ellis Accessory Design Award, CFDA Gala
2000 - The "Rising Star" award from Fashion Group Internatational (FGI)
2001 - "Best Accessories Designer" (ACE award) from the Accessories Council
2002 - "Ten Outstanding Young Men" (TOYM) trophy from the Philippine Jaycees, awarded personally by the President of the Philippines (the first time since inception in the 1950's that this honor wasÂ granted to a Fashion Designer)
2005 - "Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship" from Filipinas Magazine
2007 - "Asian Entrepreneur of the Year" (AEY) award from Asian Enterprise Magazine
2008 - Voted one of "50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business" by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABD)
2010 - Received the "Pamana ng Filipino" Presidential Award for Filipino Individuals Overseas for bringing his home country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in his profession in international fashion design.
2013 - Independent Handbag Designer Awards Iconoclast Recipient for Lifetime Achievement in Handbag Design.