Puey Quinones Fashion Scam

February 16, 2011

Puey Quinones

Bobon by Puey Quinones kuno

Fashion Designer Puey Quinones is embroiled in a fashion scandal involving his fashion label, Bobon by Puey Quinones (and is now known as Bobon only and is now designed by several designers). The fashion brand originated from the name of his hometown, Bobon, in Northern Samar. Puey Quinones came from humble beginnings with a policeman father and a public school teacher mother, until he became famous by becoming the designer of choice by Philippine celebrities. Yesterday, on Twitter, Former Vice-Presidential Daughter and TV Host Kat De Castro twitted that a friend of hers bought a 30,000 pesos worth of suit from Puey Quinones (see photo above) which was labeled Bobon by Puey Quinones but with a Dansen tag too. Dansen is a SM Department Store brand that is off the rack and is priced not much above 3,000 pesos. Kat De Castro is wondering if Puey Quinones buys off the rack from Dansen, SM Department Store and pass off the same outfit as his design for Bobon by Puey Quinones. Kat De Castro said: “The designer asked 30k for this suit. Pero bakit may Dansen tag? Sa SM ito di ba? Napeke kaya yung friend ko?”. In an official statement released by the fashion label on their Facebook page, they categorically denied that the item is theirs:

by Bobon ThePodium

In response to the Facebook post “Fashion Scam” showing a photo of a suit with a label “Bobon by Puey Quinones” alongside the label of another local clothing company, as well as related Twitter messages, we wish to clarify that BOBON is not in any way involved in the design, production or sale of the suit in the photo, or the affixing of the “BOBON by Puey Quinones” label to the suit.

BOBON, owned and operated by Urban Lifestyles, Inc., started as a collaboration with a single designer in 2008 and has since grown into a collective effort involving several Filipino designers. BOBON is not affiliated with any one designer. Although the label “Bobon by Puey Quinones” was initially used in 2008, this label was discontinued more than a year ago. Since 2010, all BOBON pieces simply bear the label “BOBON”.

We have no knowledge of how the label “Bobon by Puey Quinones” ended up in the suit in the Facebook post as we have used every effort to reclaim and destroy these old labels. We are certain that this suit was not purchased by the owner from or through BOBON. All BOBON pieces are sold exclusively at or through the BOBON store at The Podium and we have no record of this transaction.

We wish to assure our loyal clients and friends that all BOBON pieces are original custom designs by our designer partners. We are committed to maintaining high quality and originality in our creations and remain steadfast in our support of Filipino designers.

To our clients, partners and friends, we thank you for your continued support and belief in us.

BOBON Management
Urban Lifestyles, Inc.

Update: Here is the backrounder on the alleged Puey Quinones scandal: An engaged couple, were preparing for their wedding, to be held in less than two weeks from now. The groom, Jhon Maala, ordered a custom-made suit from designer Puey Quiñones for his wedding to Shea Gamboa. The groom tried several times to meet for fittings with the designer but Puey will often not show up or be late. A suit was finally delivered thereafter to Jhon Maala, for which he was charged P30,000. But he discovered it was not what he had ordered. He received a suit carrying two labels: BOBON by Puey Quiñones, and a Dansen care label tucked into the suit jacket’s hidden pocket. (The one in the photo above).

Kat de Castro tweeted today: “My friend went straight to the designer, not Bobon.” She said Quinones promised her friend “a refund, pero two gives. Needless to say, my friend went to another designer for help.”

And in another tweet: “I never thought many people would react to it. All I wanted was to help a friend out. Sana hindi na mangyari ulit.”

The bride, Shea Gamboa, said on Facebook, “I talked to Puey already and we’re trying to fix everything legally and emotionally. To the owner of Bobon… just want to let you know that the transaction was between the couple and the designer. So don’t worry. You’re out of this.”

Puey Quiñones, meanwhile, has issued an official statement and public apology on stylebible.ph:

Regarding the recent “fashion scam”, I regret that all this happened. First and foremost, I would like to apologize to the couple for all the trouble that it has caused them.

I was simply pressured to create a suit and found a perfect blank canvas to develop. I know the entire situation could have been handled better but now it has just been blown out of proportion and affected so many others.

I assure all concerned that I am doing the best that I can to fix this situation. I have been in contact with the party involved and intend to settle this peacefully.

To the couple who brought attention to this matter and to everyone else that have raised concerns over the quality of my service as a designer… I am sorry.

I am doing all that I can to make sure that this does not happen again. Thank you for your understanding and for your concern.