Fashion & Beauty

Mark Bumgarner

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As an internationally renowned fashion designer, Mark Bumgarner is a champion of Filipino creativity


Mark Bumgarner wasn’t supposed to be a fashion designer. Earlier in his life, he was worlds away, making a name for himself as a professional race car driver. He eventually realised that fashion and design were his true calling and set out to switch careers. “I fell in love with the fashion industry by accident,” he once told Tatler. “I started with having zero knowledge on the business to making it my full-time career.”

Once he started doing something he really loved, Bumgarner quickly found success. He grew his brand from the bottom up and managed to establish himself internationally. Now, he can say he’s dressed celebrities like Heart Evangelista and Aishwarya Rai, as well as the Austrian pop singer and heiress Victoria Swarovski. “My ambition for the future is for us Filipino designers to have a global platform to show our creativity,” he said. “I believe in the Filipino creative, and the world needs to know about us.”

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Mark Bumgarner’s sister Michele pursued a career in motorsports, as well.

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