With homegrown brands putting a contemporary spin on heritage designs and introducing ingenious new accessories, it’s never been more cool to shop local — for yourself and your loved ones. Here’s our #madeinthephilippines wish list to start.
These items reimagine Filipino designs and garments.
The embroidered Ligawin top by Tipay Caintic is inspired by the Filipino practice of harana, aka serenading your lady love. Also available in a men’s polo version. ₱3,999; tipaycaintic.com and PHL Designers at The Social on Ebro, Makati
(Clockwise from top left) The Teespina by Jor-El Espina is traditional weaves and handcrafted embroidery assembled as a funky tee. ₱5,900; IG: @jorel.espina
Social enterprise ANTHILL Fabric Gallery’s Magdalena bolero is made with ethically sourced hand-loomed weaves and offers a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Filipiniana butterfly sleeves. ₱6,999 (available for pre-order only); anthillfabricgallery.com
This whimsical PUV wicker bag by Zarah Juan pays homage to the distinct silhouette of Filipino jeepneys. ₱4,950; IG: @zarahjuan and Zarah Juan at MGF Champaca Building, Makati
Maco Custodio’s Lalapatos (here in purple and aqua) are eco-friendly statement sneakers made from junk food packaging. ₱7,000 per pair; IG: @macocustodio
(Clockwise from top left) The Sia Clutch Sling (here in avocado, with detachable shoulder strap) by emerging accessory and homeware brand Inné, combines solihiya rattan weaves (often used in antique furniture) with genuine leather for a stylish, wearable take on local crafts. ₱7,665; innestudios.com
Herman & Co’s neoprene jacket, with vibrant indigenous weaves (such as the pis siyabit weave of the Tausugs of Sulu, featured here) reflects the founder’s Mindanaoan heritage in a modern style. ₱7,450; wearherman.com and IG: @hermanandco
Artisatch’s Bubbles derby shoes, with hand-sketched gumamela — inspired by the hibiscus flowers that many of us played with as children — are a stylish symbol of support for the revival of the Marikina shoe industry. ₱8,620; artisatch.net (also for custom orders), IG: @artisatch and stridecollectiveph.com
These pops of color can brighten up the daily grind.
(Clockwise from top left) Tipay Caintic’s Angkara button-down polo in African fabric screams “Happy Fri-yay” any day of the week. ₱5,760; tipaycaintic.com (also for bespoke orders) and PHL Designers at The Social at Ebro, Makati
Maskara in Gubat handmade earrings by Tropik Beatnik, produced with handloomed textiles from ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, are a zero-waste addition to any outfit. ₱795; IG: @tropikbeatnik
OOTD-worthy and splash-ready rubber sandals, handcrafted by Ramir — a third-generation Marikina shoemaker — show off the artisan’s gender-neutral, leather-focused designs and aesthetics. ₱2,650; ramir.ph
Style Cat’s Fresca beaded watermelon micro sling, created as part a livelihood program — which enables jail inmates to make their own sustainable income — freshens up the wardrobe and offers a message of hope and mindfulness. ₱1,499; shopstylecat.com, Retail Lab in Glorietta, Makati, and at Bella Kini, Singapore
Under The Sea
Resort chic inspired by our beautiful islands.
(Clockwise from top left) Twinkle Ferraren’s lariat, from her Alien Agriculture collection, consists of natural fibers, coco beads and bamboo elements, and offers versatility as a neckpiece, belt or head accessory. ₱3,500; twinkleferraren.com and PHL Designers at The Social on Ebro, Makati
The women’s cropped jellyfish polo (also available in a men’s version) by Palawan-based Astella — a spinoff from the BinAlkay brand — is a linen piece that features island-inspired silk-screen printed art. ₱1,600; IG: @astellaph
The crab camera bag (here in blue-dyed tikog, or aquatic reed grass) from eco-conscious and sociocultural-minded brand Lara — the label uses mostly indigenous Samar material — is an ode to the life-giving main Samar fishing ground that is Maqueda Bay. ₱3,500 (with two straps); larasamar.com
Tropik Beatnik’s Matinloc earrings bring to mind the coral gardens in the waters of El Nido’s Matinloc Island — the danglers resemble coral glistening under bright sunlight in crystal-clear waters. ₱1,450; IG: @tropikbeatnik
This article first appeared in the October 2019 issue of Smile magazine.