The Founders

Michael Cinco
Creative Director

The story of an artist that never gave up on his dreams.

Today, known worldwide as one of the top fashion inspirations, Michael Cinco began his career through humble beginnings and thrived his way up the ladder. Michael describes his passion for fashion from a young age, “When I was a kid, I loved watching classic Hollywood films instead of going out and playing with other children, I pictured those fabulous celebrities and imagined dressing them up in my creations.”

Born in the island of Samar in Central Philippines, he faced several challenges while pursuing his dream. Cinco studied Fine Arts at the prestigious University of the Philippines Diliman, eventually transferring to the Slims Fashion and Arts School in Manila. In his first job in Dubai, he reinvented the image of a slightly conventional fashion house, and succeeded in injecting new fashion variations. In 2003, he finally established his first haute couture line. His unique style has always been recognisable, defined by vibrant colours, crystals and eccentric patterns that scream ‘couture’.

Since then, Michael Cinco became a fashion house where our Creative Director finally accomplished his dream of dressing up famous celebrities all over the world. Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Aishwarya Rai, Nick Jonas, James McAvoy, Jason Derulo, Steve Aoki, Carrie Underwood, Sofia Vergara, Mila Kunis, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears are some of the international icons that Michael has been dressing up for stage performances to red carpet appearances.

After years of hard work and dedication, Michael Cinco launches his very first Pret-a-Porter line. A dreamy ready-to-wear line that fuses the perfect balance of chic and comfort including both day and night wear. Evoking timelessness, elegance, and boldness in a line curated to be accessible for everyone.

Managing Director

Sayed Ali, an Egyptian businessman who is the co-founder and business partner of Michael Cinco brand, built a fashion business to win the world over with Michael’s couture designs. To date, these couture pieces are worn by top celebrities around the world.

His career journey in Dubai started from humble beginnings. He was initially the PRO of the firm where him & Michael met in 2002. Sayed always aimed to have a professional growth which led to him branching out his existing company into a fashion house. Sayed Ali was tasked to manage the fashion label of the company which Michael Cinco was appointed as its creative director.

By the end of 2013, Sayed and Michael opened their independent fashion label called Michael Cinco brand. This partnership allowed Sayed to transmute the brand into one of the biggest names in the fashion industry across the globe.

Sayed Ali received Doctorate Degree in recognition of his arts integration into education by promoting arts into fashion. Dr. Sayed has been awarded on PHD Degree Certifications from Humanitarian Resource Institute of the United Nations Arts Initiative in 2021 (UNISEF of Arts).