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Life Talks: Anne Curtis and Isabelle Daza on launching their activewear line, Recess

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Illustration by ZOE SABANDAL

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — When Anne Curtis wanted to start an activewear brand, right away she thought of working with her longtime friend Isabelle Daza.

“We were working out every single day!” says Curtis.

“I was so touched because also I was working on it separately but I was having a hard time, there were things about it that I couldn’t do alone,” Daza recalls. “I was overwhelmed.”

The result is Recess, a women-led enterprise making clean-cut activewear that can transition between different types of physical activity, whether exercise or just the demands of real life.

Joining them are partners Paulina Ortega, who acts as the creative head, and retail veteran Roxanne Farillas, who Curtis has worked with for years as the muse of fashion brand Plains & Prints.

In this exclusive video with CNN Philippines Life weeks before their brand launch, Curtis and Daza interview each other about the joys and struggles of starting a business with a close friend, the anxiety of starting up a project, and being liked.

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Video by SAMANTHA LEE