Hi, my name’s Yavi (on the right). I was born in the Philippines and am currently living my best life in Melbourne with my partner Hugh (left side). We're the duo behind everything you see here. I came up with the name Boy Mode back in 2014 during my first month in fashion school. I was super inspired by the androgyny in menswear that was surfacing during that time. Ru Paul’s Drag Race just became a thing, Andrej Pejic was gracing our Tumblr feeds with her beauty, we discovered the cigarette suit by Yves Saint Laurent in fashion history class, and I made my first Pinterest board about guys in corsets (which you can still view here).
I took the word “Boy” and paired it with the word “Mode” which could mean “Fashion” in french, which also played off the label “Commes Des Garcon” meaning “like the boy” because I was super (and forever will be) inspired by the Deconstructivism of Rei Kawakubo in the 90’s.
But more than anything, I envisioned owning a label one day under this name that could redefine what it meant to be a “boy” and give people the inspiration they needed to own what the word “boy” meant to them. So with all that out of the way, I’m happy to introduce to you…
Boy Mode designs contemporary and easy-to-wear fashion, resulting in functional clothes constructed with new and exclusive textile designs. Started by hybrid fashion and textiles designer Yavi in 2017, who graduated from the prestigious RMIT university, Boy Mode is the niche where queer-centric art, photography, music, and literature collaborates with fashion and textiles to celebrate modern narratives and references, above all.