Born and raised in the province of Bulacan in 1993, Esme Palaganas earned a degree of BA Fashion Design and Merchandising at the School of Design of Arts, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde in Manila and graduated with honors in 2014. Her graduation collection defined her masculine-feminine approach to clothing with a playful approach to fabrication. ‘Annie, Annie, Annie’ — inspired by images of strong women and complexities of femininity, earned her a spot in Preview Magazine’s 10 Emerging Fashion Talent List and Mega Magazine’s New Designers to Watch Out For in 2014. Tapped by fashion incubator, SOMA Stores to showcase and sell her clothes; this lead Esme to launch her own brand, Basic Movement.
Esme debuted at Manila Fashion Festival in March 2015 with the collection, ‘A Letter to Jane’ continuing with the fashion showcase for the next 6 seasons. For her debut and FW16 collections, she was given a top slot in the Top Ten Collections of Manila Fashion Festival for Preview Magazine’s review of the season (as well as the following FW17). In September 2016, she was awarded a Special Recognition in Fashion Design at the 6th Philippine Fashion Ball with fellow contemporaries, and was listed as Best Young Designer Brand in Metro Magazine’s Retail Awards 2016. By 2017, Esme won the one of country’s 2 slots as the representative for the ASEAN-wide design competition – Air Asia Runway Design Competition held at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (Malaysia) which included designers from over 14 countries in the ASEAN region. In the same year, she was included in Bench/ Design Awards as a Finalist which was held during Bench Fashion Week.