Today we’d like to introduce you to David Aningalan and Phillip Aquino.
Thanks for sharing your story with us David and Phillip. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
David Aningalan – At 20 years old, I found myself in nursing school doing it all for the money and security of having a stable career. I found it being it more of my parent’s dream than my dream. As I was going to class, not enjoying my journey towards being a nurse, it really hit me that it wasn’t my passion. I didn’t want anyone to be in my position where I was not pursuing something that I loved. My real passion was dancing, fitness, fashion, and overall just inspiring people to do what they love.
So I made up my mind that I wanted to create something organic. I wanted to create a clothing line. A brand that revolved around people pursuing their passions and being true to themselves. What inspired me to do that was because I was not being true to myself by chasing a false dream of becoming a nurse and not doing what I really loved, which was inspiring people and building my own brand/empire.
I knew I couldn’t do this alone so I reached out to Phil who lived all the way in California. I reached out to him because I saw Phil as a mentor and someone who I can trust/look up to as a role model in life. I met Phil in New York through family friends.
It was 3am in New Jersey and midnight in California when I called Phil and asked him to join me with this movement of a brand. He agreed but he asked me to do one thing. In order for us to build this brand together and to impact people’s lives was that he needed me to move to California.
Now, I remember my father saying that I was more focused on this clothing than nursing school and he made me choose what I was going to pursue. From that, I remembered Phil inviting me to move to California and going all in with this dream of a clothing brand.
So I told my father, I was going to put a hold on school and move to California to launch my clothing line with Phil and call it “LPDT Movement” (Live Passionate – Die True).
Has it been a smooth road?
Till this day, it was a bumpy road but I still keep my head up. From working my 9-5 job and then straight to working on LPDT is really hard but we enjoy because it is our passion and we love inspiring people to let them know that anything is possible. We want to spread that message through our brand.
At times I get homesick or work gets in the way but no matter what, we keep LPDT alive because we know that we have people that believe in us.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the LPDT Movement story. Tell us more about the business.
LPDT Movement represents a community and culture of people pursuing their passions. Both Phil and I are the CEO’s of this brand and we want to make sure that people know that we’re apart of the community. That we’re about the people.
Rather we’re diving into dropping clothing collections every season, getting ourselves involved in community events/vendor opportunities, philanthropy projects for giving back to the community, or partnering with other creative/passionate people and giving them a spotlight or platform to voice out their passion.
We love to get involved with anything we can get our hands on to show people that we’re not just a brand with designs on a T-shirt. We don’t just cater to one demographic. We cater to all. Anyone with a passion and anyone that loves what they do represents an LPDT Lifestyle.
We’re most proud of our company through making sure that we do not only satisfy our customers but also enlighten and empower them to keep doing what they love and being true to themselves.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We would love to see our clothing impact millions of people around the world and us operating out of our own warehouse and making LPDT our full-time job. We want to move from not just being a clothing line but to also owning studios or gyms or any platform that offers people with different passions to practice their craft.
We see ourselves going from an LLC to an INC where we represent and own multiple industry platforms under the name of LPDT.
- Website: https://lpdtmovement.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @lpdtmovement
Images done by Vince Madrigal, “Allimagesmatter”