10 Cool Homegrown Brands for Your Latest Wardrobe Upgrade

Comfy sandals, quirky T-shirts, and statement earrings, anyone?


(SPOT.ph) It's that time of the year again when everyone looks at their wardrobe and thinks it needs a complete makeover. Now is probably the perfect time to give it an upgrade! This year, fill your closet and shoe rack with chic pieces from homegrown brands. We round up 10 local brands that will give "new year, new me" a (very) literal meaning.




SHIQ offers a wide range of bags—from classic purses to casual handbags. Although their bags are top-quality handcrafted pieces, they won’t eat up a month’s salary. For as low as P750, you can score a tote bag that's stylish and functional.


SHIQ Bags' products are available on their website.




Renegade Folk

Founded almost a decade ago, Renegade Folk’s Marikina-made collections have grown and the brand continually innovates leather sandals that scream comfortability. They also offer fashionable heels, which surprisingly, are really comfy!


Renegade Folk is at Urban Turf, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. Their products are also available on their website.


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Nala the Label

If you want to take a break from your usual T-shirt and jeans combo and level-up your OOTD, Nala the Label will do the job for you. Their chic dresses come in few (but very pretty) colors and are very limited so you won't have to worry about wearing the exact same outfit as someone else! You'll effortlessly look like a stunning fashion maven.


For more information, log on to Nala the Label's Facebook page.





Linya-Linya is for when you can’t be bothered to do an all-out OOTD but still want to turn heads. They make punny T-shirts that let you wear your feels loud and proud on a shirt! They promote comfort and Filipino culture and creativity all at the same time—and have a really keen sense of wit.


Linya-Linya has branches at UP Town Center, Market! Market!, SM Megamall, Fifth Rack Parañaque, Glorietta 1, Gateway, TriNoMa, and Robinsons Galleria.



ALT Manila

ALT Manila’s bags are designed to jazz up your casual look. Because a bad bag can ruin your outfit, ALT Manila makes sure their bags rank high in quality and affordability. Rockin’ the desk during the day and hitting the bar at night? These come in various chic styles and colors, so you won’t run out of choices. We’re loving their pastel bags—they're elegant and give your look a youthful touch.



ALT Manila’s bags are available on their website.



Twill Cavern

Twill Cavern offers some really trendy fashion pieces that are perfect for your OOTDs. The brand also carries cute pins that you can use to spice up your favorite tee! They even have tops that come with patches so you don't have to go through the hassle of sewing. Most of all, they carry modern contemporary fashion pieces that definitely scream "chic!"


Twill Cavern’s products are available on their website.





Homegrown brand Heyjow's handcrafted jewelry are inspired by their travels. Their style impeccably blends classic and boho, with each piece made in limited quantities to emphasize “uniqueness and desirability.” Plus, Heyjow allows you to customize your own pieces, so you can dress to impress.


Heyjow's products are available on their website.




Sure, wooden watches have been in the market for a while now, but what makes Kayu’s timepieces special is that they’re designed by our Ivatan brothers and sisters. Their designs are just the right combination of stylish and minimalistic—imagine how posh you’d look with one of these around your wrist! You can pair it up with your casual or corporate attire. Oh, and did we mention that they’re water-resistant?


For more information, log on to Kayu's Instagram.




Susto Manila

Susto offers elegant and versatile products that stay on trend. There’s the silk pearl wrap choker, for one, which doubles as a hair accessory. Susto is also known for their contemporary pieces that draw attention from the classics. They really know how to put a modern twist to every piece!


Susto Manila’s products are available on their website.



Apartment 8

Believe it or not, Apartment 8 is 100% Filipino-owned, with the first branch opening in Quezon City. They carry short and long dresses with classic styles and unique designs. They have eye-catching pieces with elaborate sleeves that will make you feel like a queen! Whether it's a casual dress or a formal evening outfit you're looking for, you'll definitely find something at Apartment 8.


Apartment 8 has branches at Scout Borromeo, Quezon City; Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City; Glorietta 2, Makati City; Tiendesitas, Pasig City; Ayala Fairview Terraces, Quezon City; Shoppesville Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City; and other locations in Laguna, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, and Davao. For more information, visit Apartment 8's website.


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