Love, Bonito Empowers Asian Women with Style and Representation

Love, Bonito shatters Asian Women stereotypes with powerhouse representation and assortment.

By Iconic MNL
8 Min Read

Leading Southeast Asian womenswear brand, Love, Bonito, is redefining womenswear for Asian women with a new brand identity and revamped assortment strategy. This change signifies the brand’s commitment to its long-term vision: becoming the ultimate go-to destination for Asian women.

Fronting the campaign is a powerhouse line-up of Asian and Asian-American women, specifically chosen for their personal stories and outlook that strays from what a stereotypical Asian woman should be or look like.

“This milestone represents a heartfelt tribute to our Asian women community,” says Rachel Lim, Co-founder of Love, Bonito. “Through our rebrand, we honour our rich Asian heritage and challenge stereotypes surrounding Asian women. This evolution extends to our apparel design, where we prioritise not only perfecting the Asian fit but also ensuring each piece is meticulously crafted for functionality, confidence, and versatility. From school drop-offs to the boardroom and date nights, our designs empower women to embrace every aspect of their lives with style and grace.”

Ready-to-live, not just ready-to-wear

Love, Bonito prides itself on designing apparel for the real lives of women. With empathic cuts, flattering palettes, and fits that are tried and tested by everyday women, the brand ensures customers are ready for every milestone, big or small. To curate a more focused assortment for its community, Love, Bonito has leveraged over ten years of Asian women customer data combined with machine learning and artificial intelligence to launch bestselling styles in three key lines: Signatures, Staples, and capsule collections. The momentous revamp will provide apparel for work, weekend, casual, holiday, and dressy occasions, while starkly reducing the total number of styles produced by 60%.

Rooted in timeless elegance, the Signatures are sophisticated modern looks for effortless transitions from feminine dressing to power suiting at accessible price points. Its first launch from 11 March onwards will include 30 pieces that have been functionally crafted in crease-ease fabrics and flattering colors for work, weekend, and dressy occasions. Beyond the brand’s dedication to designing clothes for the real lives of women, it also strives to represent the Asian women’s community with raw, impactful women’s stories.

Starring Korean American actress and singer Arden Cho in the Ling Belted Tailored Vest paired with the Yuna Tailored High Rise Pants, these pieces were constructed for that huge confidence boost as she fiercely advocates for Asian women’s representation in Hollywood while being her true authentic self with a cup of boba. Ling comes with a bloat-friendly silhouette with its roomier hem, which perfectly complements the leg-lengthening Yuna that is guaranteed to give you instant length.

Another way to style Yuna is with the Rachel Ruched-ready Blazer and Ivy Satin Button Down Shirt. Taking a candid mirror selfie, Malaysian singer Yuna is no stranger to those who love great music. Whether she’s creating the next big hit in the studio or spearheading Southeast-Asian women’s representation on the international stage, Yuna oozes confidence with her modest-friendly picks.

The carefree Chanel Miller is completely at ease with herself in the Natalia Scoop Neck Fitted Top and luxurious Anh Pleated Straight Leg Pants. She may exude effortless confidence now, but she has come a long way in shedding her shame and courageously living a fulfilling life as a sexual assault survivor. The padded and body-hugging Natalia offers the best support through thick and thin, while Anh’s crease-ease plisse material, bloat-friendly design, and functional pockets will get you ready for all of life’s moments.

From Left to Right Gym Tan in Simone Pleated Padded Twist Back Jumpsuit (Black) Mya Miller in Dez Pleated Boat Neck Crop Top (Dusty Citron) and Gym Pleated Column Midi Skirt (Dusty Citron)
From Left to RIght: Gym Tan in Simone Pleated Padded Twist Back Jumpsuit (Black); Mya Miller in Dez Pleated Boat Neck Crop Top (Dusty Citron) and Gym Pleated Column Midi Skirt (Dusty Citron)

Embracing Asian heritage, Love, Bonito designs also celebrate filial piety and mother-daughter bonding. 63-year-old Asian TikTok influencer Gym Tan defies stereotypes around aging as she dons the off-shoulder Simone Pleated Padded Twist Back Jumpsuit. Her daughter Mya is wearing the matching Dez Pleated Boat Neck Crop Top and Gym Pleated Column Midi Skirt in Dusty Citron – the perfect color to bring out a healthy glow for dressy or weekend occasions.

Through the Seasons 

Apart from Signatures, customers can also look forward to Staples from April onwards. True to its name, Staples consists of versatile wardrobe builders available at entry price points. Customers can look forward to evergreen pieces such as chart toppers with improved fabrics and never out-of-stock essentials like denim, which can be easily incorporated into weekend or work fits. 

Additionally Love, Bonito will also launch capsule collections, which are catered to spice up her wardrobe through the seasons and provide offerings for key festive celebrations such as the Lunar New Year. These collections are inspired by Asian culture and heritage, with modern interpretations of traditional styles, and will drop monthly at a range of price points.

Love, Bonito’s Signatures Collection ranges from PHP1,459 to PHP4,190 and goes live from 11 March, Monday onwards, on its website and all stores globally. Love, Bonito also ships to 20 countries worldwide (free shipping threshold applies). Staples will launch from April onwards while capsule collections will launch monthly at a range of price points. For more information, follow us on @lovebonito and @lovebonitoph and check out our hashtag #readytolive.

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