(SPOT.ph) There’s a sense of pride that comes with owning something Philippine-made. This Independence Day, we celebrate these homegrown brands that continue to pay tribute to Filipino heritage. From woven bags to furniture, these brands certainly make us proud to be Pinoy.
Aranáz is a brand known for its handcrafted bags made from locally sourced material and created with traditional Filipino craftsmanship. The fashion accessories label was founded in 1999 by Becky Aranaz which now has three Manila stores and is available in boutiques all over the world. Her daughters Amina (creative director and lead designer) and Rosanna (international sales, branding, and marketing) are instrumental in expanding the brand’s reach internationally.
Aranáz is located at R2, Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Rockwell Drive corner Estrella Street, Makati City; 2/F Greenbelt, Ayala Center, Makati; and SM Megamall Fashion Hall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong. You may also shop their products online. For more information, log on to Aranáz' Facebook page.
Promoting Philippines’ treasures since 1945, Tesoros Handicrafts has been a favorite stop for all things native and traditional. With products ranging from tableware, embroidery, shellcraft, and apparel available in 12 locations all over the archipelago, the best of the Philippines is really just around every corner.
A marriage of the traditional and modern is the heart of this brand. Vela Manila celebrates the artistry of hand-looming, turning it into a brand-new story by weaving it with modern design. They also highlight the makers and crafters they work with to promote a sustainable enterprise.
What could be more Pinoy than the banig, bayong, and sopa? Offering mats, ottomans, totes, and slings in weaves that come in understated colors, this brand takes the traditional and turns it into a classic.
It’s the usual go-to of balikbayans who are looking for pasalubong or where you’re likely to find what to wear to a Filipiniana-themed occasion. But more than that, Kultura celebrates the best of the Philippines when it comes to fashion, accesories, and yes, souvenirs. They also have a line that supports communities in the Philippines called Crafts for a Cause.
It's no wonder why Philux is one of the Philippines’ leading furniture manufacturers as they still use age-old Filipino craftsmanship techniques, resulting in pieces that are superior in quality. Their skilled workers merge traditional techniques and modern technology and design to create furniture pieces that stand the test of time.
Filioligy describes themselves as “learning about our roots and taking things back to a time of slow food, slow fashion and zero waste.” The brand’s mission is to educate both local and international audiences about the Philippine culture, sustain the livelihood of communities, and reconnect with local artisans whom we can learn sustainable practices from.
With a commitment to sustainable living, this general store and café sells local, eco-conscious, and mostly organic products free of plastic. They also have refilling stations where you can bring your own container to reduce packaging waste. Most of the products they carry in-store are straight from the source, which you’ll see on the labels.
Ritual is located at 2/F Languages International Building 926 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati. For more information, log on to their Facebook page.
Herman and Co. Clothing
This heritage clothing concept brings together indigenous weaves and native textile particularly from South Mindanao. Their goal is to keep people wearing the products so the artisans can keep weaving. They hope to keep unique weaves of the indigenous Filipinos alive by incorporating them with everyday wear available not just to the local market but even globally.
This Filipino sneaker brand uses fabric that are handcrafted by artisans and bring a modern take to the traditional art of hand-loomed weaves or habi. They hope that by incorporating these into contemporary footwear, the younger generation will have a renewed appreciation for the time-honored Filipino tradition.