Daniel Padilla is rarely seen without his favorite accessory: a pair of sunglasses.
So it’s no surprise that he would one day come up with his own line of sunglasses.
This year, it came to a reality as Daniel collaborated with i2i New York owners Tina and Ricco Ocampo to come up with a stylish, affordable, and unisex eyewear line.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and select members of the press talked to Daniel during the launch of his collection called DJP.
The event was held on Saturday, January 27, at Manila House Private Members Club in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
DJ’s (Daniel’s nickname) collection features 75 styles of sunglasses and prescription frames inspired by his idols John Lennon, Robert Downey Jr., and Johnny Depp.
"Classic talaga ang gusto kong designs,” Daniel said about the styles in his collection.
"Hindi mawawala yung pagiging elegante ng salamin, and very unique yung dating ng shades."
Are they affordable?
"Siyempre gusto natin abot-kamay lang ng kahit sino yung salamin natin.
“Na sa gano’ng presyo ay ibang quality na yung binibigay nating shades.”
Aside from prescription frames, Daniel added that they also have shades that transition from day to night.
“[May designs kami] na puwede mo siyang suotin sa gabi.
“Kasi ako ang hilig ko mag-salamin sa gabi.
“So ano yung way para, kasi minsan medyo rude ang dating pag naka-shades ka at may kausap ka.
“So ba’t di natin gawan ng lente na puwede mong suotin sa umaga, yet puwede rin sa gabi.”
STARTING YOUNG. Daniel said his penchant for sunglasses started when he was young.
“Mga 13 siguro ako [nag-start magsuot ng shades],” he recalled.
“Yun na, sobrang hilig ko na talaga sa shades. Parang ito yung magkukumpleto ng look ko, and ito yung parang kumportable ako, puwede ako lumabas.”
The young actor also revealed that his reason for wearing sunglasses is not just for vanity, but because of his eyes' sensitivity to light as well.
“Kasi meron din akong eye problem sa liwanag,” he told PEP.ph.
“Kaya kahit sa taping, may problema ako kasi siyempre ang lalaki ng mga ilaw na ginagamit natin, di ba?
“E, minsan talagang silaw na silaw na ’ko, e. Kaya ang laking tulong din ng shades sa ’kin.”
Daniel has lost count of the sunglasses in his collection.
“Sa ngayon, well, bottomless ako ngayon!
“Walang katapusan ang choices ko ngayon.
“Siyempre hindi ko naman sila masusuot lahat, so ang ganda na naisi-share natin sa mga tao.
“Kami nila Ma’am Tina [Ocampo], mas shine-share namin itong trip namin and sa tingin namin na maganda.”