Lots of people ask us about our lovely model Terri and we are getting lots of fan mail for the gorgeous model for our new men's range so, with their blessing we thought we'd tell you a little more about them, starting with Rony Dagohoy, the star of our new men's range.
Corazon Latino is a very "personal" business. We treat every customer as an individual and consider our loyal customers, friends. We don't buy our jewellery from big factories, preferring to work with small workshops and individual artisans and we have applied the same principle to finding our models.
Neither Rony nor Terri are professional models. We didn't source them from big, impersonal modelling agencies. We found them ourselves and knew as soon as we saw them that they were the perfect "faces" for our jewellery.
Born in 1985 on the island of Panay in the Western Visayas, a group of islands in the Philippines, Rony now lives and works on the beautiful island of Boracay as a dive master, showing those lucky enough to find themselves there, the incredible marine biology of the coral reefs and wrecks around the island. He also races dragonboats.
Finding him really was a lucky coincidence. I was in Thailand last Autumn working with our artisans on our new ranges and I decided to combine business with pleasure and go and visit an old friend who had moved from Australia to work in the Philippines. Because of the terrible flooding in Bangkok I found myself "stranded" with a few spare days on my own. My friend suggested a few days on the beach and told me that White Beach on Boracay was one of the best beaches in the world. Now you don't get a chance to lie on one of the best beaches in the world very often, so, alone or not, I jumped at the chance, packed my kindle, bikini and some factor 20 and off I went. I ended up staying at Friday's a lovely hotel with a laid back vibe and probably the best location on the island. By chance, Rony was taking some Friday's guests diving. I saw him and just knew he'd be the perfect model for the new men's range. I asked him, he very bravely said yes, and the rest is history...
The new men's range is very relaxed. Although we do have a couple of classic chains for the traditionalists, most of the range is designed to look fabulous on sporty guys and to work just as well under a suit as on the beach. With Rony already on Boracay, it was the perfect opportunity to shoot the range on White Beach, so we found a great local photographer and back I went in May to turn our samples into a range.
The team at Fridays were kind enough to let us use the hotel, and the weather was kind, giving us sunshine, wonderful light and shadows, gentle waves and a fabulous sunset. We couldn't have asked for a better 2 days. We will be sharing some of the behind the scenes footage at a later date so look out for that in the coming weeks...
To see Rony and our entire men's range in a short one minute video click here.
Anyone looking for a brilliant model in a fabulous location, please contact us, as we now find ourselves, with a sideline in model management, and are now handling all bookings for Rony.