10 Chic Items You Can Buy at ArteFino
From a nice pair of earrings to trusty handmade shoes.
(SPOT.ph) After MaArte Fair comes another artisan bazaar that celebrates Filipino craftmaship and entrepreneurship—ArteFino from August 25 to 28 at 8 Rockwell in Makati City. The three-day event features more than 70 selected retailers that all embody what it means to be a Filipino artist: innovative, sustainable, and forward-thinking. With such a selection, it would be hard to choose which items to look for as soon as exhibit day starts, but here are a few that caught our attention.
Luggage Tag (P220) from Abre Linea
Always carry Philippine craftsmanship with you whenever you travel with this handwoven ticog luggage tag. This is just one of the many items made by the weaving communities in Leyte and Samar, which now benefits from the sustainable form of livelihood established by Abre Linea after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the provinces in 2013.
Coil Ring (P4,420) from Natalya Lagdameo
This gold-plated brass coil ring reminds us of the Philippines' pre-colonial jewelry traditions. Before the Spaniards came, our forefathers would wear rings and bands to symbolize nobility. Natalya Lagdameo combines this with current trends to suit modern aesthetics.
Makira Jacket (U.S. $450, roughly P22,600) from Betina
Designer Betina Ocampo, raised in the Philippines and New York City, combines her "east meets west" sensibility through her contemporary women's wear line. The Makira Jacket, a cropped varsity jacket that sports embroidery with pink and golden hue, is part of her Spring/Summer 2017 collection.
Slip-ons (P2,600) from Linea Etnika
True to its mission of keeping the beautiful tradition of handloom weaving alive, Linea Etnika combines indigenous culture with chic fashion. One of these is a pair of handmade leather shoes that sports handloom Yakan weaves.
Clutch (U.S. $375, roughly P18,843) from Joanique
Founded in 2011 by Malou Romero, Joanique features handmade bags that fuse local and natural products with modern design. The Words collection is an example of this, where very millennial words like "OOTD" and "chill" are used to spruce up an otherwise bare wooden minaudière.
Fleur Deux Earrings (P6,000) from Matthew & Melka
Matthew & Melka is named after fashion accessory designer Ken Samudio's two kids. The Fleur Deux earrings in matte black and white color is just one of the many cool handmade pieces in his product line.
Barong (P5,250) from Barong Batik
Every piece of Barong Batik starts with jusi from the Philippines. It is then brought to the village of Pekalongan in Central Java where over 200 batik artists work on the fabric. It is a true fashion fusion that blends the material of the Philippine barong with the art of Indonesian batik.
Biti Shorts (P5,800) from Filip+Inna
Filip+Inna combines traditional textiles and contemporary design through their linen Biti shorts embroidered by the T'boli artisans of Lake Sebu in Southern Philppines. Look cute and promote Filipino creativity all in one go.
Gabrielle Caftan (P6,000) from sofie.b
This off-shoulder cocoon dress is designed with tropical embroidery created entirely by hand. This is just one of the many creations of Sofia Borromeo, founder of the ready-to-wear label sofie.b. Her mission is to promote Filipino artisans and infuse their craft with contemporary designs for global appreciation.
Cheska Clutch (U.S. $250 roughly P12,548) from Beatriz Accessories
Beatriz's line of hand-crafted bags and clutches features colorful graphic prints inspired by the colorful weaves of Philippine fabric. Her products are made with a special gluing technique where the raw threads are placed one by one to form a final pattern. Talk about a labor of love!
ArteFino is from August 25 to 27 at the Penthouse, 8 Rockwell, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City. For more information, visit ArteFino on Facebook.