Fashion designer Rhett Eala responds to Collezione boss Joey Qua’s statement on Eala’s Plains & Prints stint

In his article, "Collezione big boss on Rhett's defection: ’I learned about it from someone else,’" Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) writer Alex Y. Vergara reported: "Businessman Joey Qua, owner of Collezione C2, knew as early as mid-January that Rhett Eala, creative director of the house, had been working on a ’capsule’ collection for Plains & Prints. The problem was Qua heard the news not from Eala himself, but from another source."

In his article, "Collezione big boss on Rhett's defection: ’I learned about it from someone else,’" Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) writer Alex Y. Vergara reported that "Businessman Joey Qua, owner of Collezione C2, knew as early as mid-January that Rhett Eala, creative director of the house, had been working on a ’capsule’ collection for Plains & Prints. The problem was Qua heard the news not from Eala himself, but from another source." Qua did not name his source. Eala had a sneak preview of his collection for Plains & Prints to lifestyle media on February 8. Two days after the sneak preview, Qua cut his five-year partnership with Eala."

 

The report noted: "Eala's graphic design of the Philippine map-printed, then embroidered on Collezione clothes-has become a global symbol of the Philippines. Less than a week after PDI’s Lifestyle section came out with an exclusive report last February 17 on Eala's departure from Collezione, Qua requested for an interview."

 

Qua told the Inquirer, "Rhett had no exclusive contract with the company, but I had the right to terminate his services for conflict of interest. Rhett was identified with the brand. What he did was unfair to the organization and detrimental to the brand's vision and values." Qua also said that Eala was a "good man, who was simply ill-advised."

 

When asked for his reaction, Eala readily admitted that he had made a mistake. He told SPOT.ph, "I assumed it was OK to design for Plains & Prints because my contract with [Qua] was not an exclusive one. I felt it was time to move on to do other things, but my mistake was failing to inform him." Eala told the Inquirer, "I was waiting for the right time to tell him, but I never really found the right moment. I didn't know that it would turn out this way."

 

Stylebible.ph also quoted Eala, who said, ""I am looking forward to a very exciting 2012. I am first and foremost a designer-I am at my best when I am doing what I love and enjoy the most: to create and design. For those who have known me for a long time, they'll know that this is my passion."

 

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