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What Fashion Item in Your Closet Can You Never Konmari and Why?

We asked these Filipinos this question and here’s what they have to say.



I have school gear from every school I’ve studied at, whether it was a semester abroad, a short program, or a full program. Unfortunately, that means I have a ton of school gear, everything from shirts to sweaters. Honestly, I should probably give some of it away but I kept it for sentimental value. Which means my closet is full of clothes I never get to use. When I was younger, it got to the point that for my high school graduation my mom gave me a quilt made of all my memorable shirts from grade school to high school. Imagine how bad it must be now! — Brian Poe Llamanzares, entrepreneur



Not that I’ve Konmari’d anything as I pretty much live off a suitcase, but I have a beautiful Joey Samson vestlike piece. I bought it a few years ago and I’ve never worn it. It is so well-constructed and well-proportioned. I’m quite happy just to look at it. —Rita Nazareno, creative director, and designer



The section with all my real vintage pieces is untouchable! I spend a lot of time hunting, browsing, and bidding on dresses and other articles of clothing from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The treasure hunt gives thrill and sentimental value, and I feel a sense of responsibility for each piece I acquire. —Shaira Luna, photographer



I live in a basic uniform so my wardrobe is already quite minimal. But I can’t get rid of my 15-year-old Acne jeans. They’re literally frayed in the seams but I love the history we have, the adventures we’ve experienced together. Each stain and rip tells a story as it ages. I keep it as a map of sorts, a memory salvaged in time. —Rajo Laurel, fashion designer



The first thing that came to mind is my first LV bag that I got in Greenbelt on March of 2010. It’s sentimental because I got it two days before my dad died. I excitedly showed him my first luxury bag and he was proud of the fact that it’s a testament of how things were going for us, after having observed how we struggled financially in the first few years of marriage. So yes, it’s something I can’t see myself letting go of. —Apple Anido Alagon, restaurateur



I can never let go of my wideleg trousers. They’re my go-to pieces whenever I can’t think of anything to wear and they always make me look chic no matter what the occasion. —Donna Cuna Pita, fashion consultant



Maybe my first ever denim jacket? Even if I don’t wear it anymore, I just want to keep it because I’ve been through a lot with it. —Neil Dy, model and entrepreneur



Items I can never KonMari? My local designer outfits— they’re one of a kind and will always spark joy! —Ruby Gan, entrepreneur



I love coats and jackets! I buy them even if I don’t know whether or not I can wear them, especially with our weather. Some of them have just been hanging in the closet for years now, waiting to be worn. I can’t let them go because I know in myself that there will be the right time and place to wear them. —Teejay Marquez, model



It would be the UP Sablay, the official academic costume of the University of the Philippines, because it reminds me of one of my greatest achievements in life which is having a degree and being educated. —Trixie Maristela, model and LGBT advocate



I didn’t have anything. I didn’t buy expensive clothes. So, I buy new ones regularly na pang-every day. I’m really organized and I hate clutter. So I’m always on Konmari’s side. —Solenn Heussaff, actress
Antonio Jocson Real

When I Marie-Kondo’d my closet a couple of weeks ago, the one thing I could not part with was my raincoat—a charcoal grey, single-breasted, mid-length piece by Billy Reid. Whenever I wear it once or thrice a year, I wonder why I don’t use a convenient umbrella like everyone else. A raincoat may seem anachronistic, unlike an umbrella, but it frees up both hands. I love the details: A waxed cotton fabric that lets any downpour roll off, a high center back vent to keep movement unrestricted, a chamfering on the horn buttons that make them comforting to hold, like talismans. I bought the coat 10 years ago in another life in another country, so it’s an anchor to a past for which I am grateful. But in the end, it boils down to what you want to carry forward: No one can argue with deep, extra pockets. —Antonio Jocson, hotelier



It would have to be backpacks and wetsuits. I’m constantly in search of the best backpack for my work, and end up stocking up on those that I deemed unfit for the part. I refuse to let go of wetsuits because I always feel this need to have something for every water temperature I encounter. That said, I am a minimalist and rarely recognize sentimental value of objects but I am also ridiculously lazy and hence couldn’t thin out those that I no longer need. —Noel Guevara, conservation and wildlife photographer



My Nike Huarache 2k4. It’s been with me for 12 years. It’s from when I won a championship in Xavier, so it’s memorable to me. —Gab Banal, professional basketball player



My Montblanc Meisterstück fountain pen from my dad. It’s the one thing in my “wardrobe”—yes, a pen is part of my wardrobe!—that I’ve held on to forever and can’t live without. It’s mainly for sentimental reasons, but also because I never know when inspiration might strike— and I still prefer the “human element” of writing things down (pen and paper) rather than using my cellphone. —Maxine Syjuco, artist



My old jerseys from when I used to play football and tennis—Azkals jersey, Stallion, Sta. Lucia, and my Southern California and Ateneo tennis jerseys. Sentimental value, I guess. For every team I join, or every competition I play, I say I work so hard that it breaks me a little. So I keep a lot of sportsclothes that I don’t even wear, just to remember those moments. I also bought a pair of pink bunny slippers two years ago. I bought them because they’re funny. But now I bring them every time I have acting classes. They kind of make everyone in class more comfortable when all the self-made drama gets too intense. When one eye fell off, I replaced it with one of those googly eyes you buy in bookstores. —Bruno Gabriel, actor



My grandfather’s pillow that I took after he passed away. That pillow’s my reminder that whatever happens, everything’s going to be okay! We bought that pillow together with my lola. I remember telling them to get a goose feather pillow because it’s the best and sleep is the ultimate luxury. But my lolo said that all pillows are the same, so why not get it cheap? I got him the goose feathers anyway and made sure they would pay for it. When we got home, I was looking for the pillow. I freaked out because I thought they didn’t get it, but in their room, I saw my lolo sleeping. My lola said, “Okay nga ‘yang binili mo ‘no? Tulog na tulog ‘yang lolo mo.” I bring that pillow with me everywhere, especially when I have a shoot out of town or a long one. It brings me luck. So the next time you see my pillow, remember that it’s a gem. —Mikyle Quizon, menswear fashion blogger

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