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Exploring vintage style with Dominique Canlas of The Sixth Sense

Exploring vintage style with Dominique Canlas of The Sixth Sense

Featuring fashion archival curations and style influences

There are many fashion content creators in the Philippines, but it appears that only a few truly grasp the individuality of their style.

One creator who has captured our attention is Dominique Canlas. His content on TikTok and his distinctive personal style set him apart from the crowd, clearly illustrating the significant difference between fashion and style.

His personal style can be characterized as clean, classic, and timeless. Dom also prefers pieces that withstand the test of time. “In a world where trends come and go, classics will always remain constant,” he shared. “Archival garments, for me, stand the test of time for a reason. These pieces will simply never go out of style and, if chosen carefully, can even appreciate in value. In addition to their timeless beauty, they also have the potential to become valuable investments.”

His passion for archival pieces led him to establish The Sixth Sense, a business specializing in unique archival items from various designers. “From an early age, I’ve had a keen interest in the art of buying and selling. So, back in college, when I started delving into the world of high fashion and designer items, I developed an eye for spotting unique pieces and the ability to convey their value to others,” Dom explained. “This sparked the idea of creating a dedicated Instagram account to showcase these rare and curated pieces to my followers. And, as they say, the rest is history.”

Garage caught up with Dom to delve deeper into his personal style and its evolution. From fashion influences and inspirations, to what he hopes to contribute to the Philippine fashion industry, let’s learn more about his sense of style.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is heavily influenced by Japanese street culture and vintage menswear. I tend to focus on relaxed silhouettes and garments that complement each other. I like to take small bits from different sub styles and try to make them my own.

I found my style simply through a long process of trial and error. Experimentation allowed me to determine what works and what doesn’t, and as a result, it helped me gain a lot of insight about how to dress according to my body type and proportions.

Who are your style icons right now?
Currently, I’m inspired by Harry Styles, Peggy Gou, ASAP Rocky, Lil Yachty, and Steve Lacy’s outfits.

All-time favorite brands?
Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Comme des Garcons, Junya Watanabe, and Hender Scheme.

Most versatile wardrobe piece currently?
A pair of jeans I’m about to release with Sixth Sense. They feature a twisted seam design that fits beautifully and complements various footwear styles.

Could you share three of your top archive/thrift finds?
1. SS02 Yohji Yamamoto pour homme LSD shirt
2. SS96 Yohji Yamamoto pour homme phoenix bomber
3. SS20 Namacheko paayu jacket

What should people consider when buying archival pieces?
People often overuse the term “archive” for anything old. However, it’s more than age; it includes historical significance, design, and cultural importance. Recognizing these factors deepens our appreciation for the garment and its story.

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Most memorable clothing shopping experience?
My solo trips to Osaka and Tokyo stand out. Japan offers an unparalleled shopping experience, and it’s unforgettable.

Favorite thrifting destination?
In college, I loved exploring Harrison Plaza during my free time. It’s a shame it’s now closed, but it holds a special place in my heart.

What do you hope to contribute to the fashion community in the Philippines?
I aim to expand my work beyond Instagram, reaching a broader audience. I take pride in my collection and plan to rent out pieces for campaigns or photoshoots. I also want to take on more styling projects to showcase my keen eye for style.

Featured image courtesy of Dom Canlas

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