Stephanie Gancayco is a creative director, designer, stylist, and event curator whose work is rooted in bridge-building, healing, and community. She's the founder and editor-in-chief of Hella Pinay, a media platform which seeks to create a space for positive representation of the diversity and complexity of Filipina womxn and to facilitate dialogue between Pinays in the Philippines and throughout the diaspora.
Born and raised in the Bay and currently based in Oakland, she spent nearly a decade in the NY fashion industry working with leading designers such as Anna Sui, and her work has been featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and on NBC Asian America. Since 2016, she has collaborated with Indigenous women artisans in the Philippines to incorporate ancestral techniques and textiles into contemporary ready-to-wear with her brand HALIYA.
Stephanie also runs merchandising, e-commerce, and curates retail for UNDSCVRD SF - a non-profit venture designed to jump-start economic activity and public awareness of the SOMA Pilipinas cultural district in San Francisco - and is 1/4 of Barkada Worldwide, a record label and podcast focusing on the future sounds and styles of the Philippines.