10 Local Bag Designers That Are Worth the Splurge

From the internationally renowned to the up and coming, here are Manila's best handbag designers and brands.

ILLUSTRATOR War Espejo

The most exquisite and beautiful handbags reflect creativity and artistry. Many things go into their production, especially those by Filipino brands that employ local artisans, preserve age-old techniques, and more.

Here, we've listed down the favorite handbag designers of Manila's most discerning who not only make beautiful things but make fashion, in general, more meaningful with their creations.

Aranáz

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Founded by mother-daughter trio Becky, Amina, and Rosanna, Aranáz is perhaps the most recognized local label to have gained much success internationally. The brand is best known for its chic, well-crafted fashion accessories. Aranáz has been featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, and is stocked at boutiques around the world such as Takashimaya, Le Bon Marche, Selfridges, Bloomingdales Middle East, Aerin, Anthropologie, and Moda Operandi.

Aranáz is at R2, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive corner Estrella Street, Makati City; 2/F Greenbelt, Ayala Center, Makati City; and SM Megamall Fashion Hall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. You may also shop their products online. For more information, log on to Aranáz' Facebook page.

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Bea Valdes

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Bea Valdes' line of bags and accessories are internationally renowned, having been featured in publications such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Marie Claire, and W. Valdes belongs to a family of jewelers and her eye for detail shows in her extraordinary, intricately designed clutches and bags.

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Beatriz

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Founded by Carissa Cruz Evangelista, Beatriz is an artisanal line of colorful and modern accessories that uses graphic prints inspired by indigenous Philippine fabric. Beatriz works with local craftsmen to produce its exquisite pieces, and is stocked in boutiques and department stores in the Bahamas, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Australia, Bangkok, and Paris.

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Filip + Inna

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Len Cabili started Filip + Inna eight years ago as a fashion brand focused on clothing. The brand works with women in various tribal villages all over the Philippines, from Abra and Mindoro to Davao. After finding success, Filip + Inna has expanded to various accessories including clutches which feature the brand's signature hand-embroidery.

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Joanique

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This contemporary brand was founded in 2011 by Malou Romero. Joanique uses cultural references and quality techniques to craft authentic designs. One of its most popular collections is the Maskara Collection, which takes inspiration from tribal colors and patterns. 

Joanique is at Joanique Studio, 5925 Algier Street, Poblacion, Makati City, and CURA V, 2/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City. You may also shop their products online.

Joanna Preysler

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Joanna Preysler is a label that offers bags and accessories in precious leather such as crocodile, ostrich, and python. The brand was founded by Joanna Presyler, the creative force behind Tint, Carbon, and Othello. Joanna Preysler specializes in luxurious tote-style bags that are ideal for the on-the-go woman.

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Joanna Preysler is located at Carbon, G/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City, and Othello, R2 New Wing, Power Plant Mall, Makati City.

Ken Samudio

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Before becoming an accessories designer, Ken Samudio was a biologist who specialized in marine biodiversity. His experience in the field is clearly seen in his intricate designs that resemble corals. In 2014, he was selected by Vogue Italia as a Vogue Talent under accessories. Following that, he was handpicked to participate at London Fashion Week by the British Fashion Council. Today, his designs are stocked at Luisa Via Roma, Harvey Nicholas, and Lord and Taylor.

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Matthew & Melka

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Matthew & Melka is a diffusion line by accessories designer Ken Samudio. Named after his kids, the brand makes woven bags with colorful embroidery as well as jewelry. Matthew & Melka is stocked at Barneys New York and exclusively sold online at Moda Operandi.

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Neil Felipp

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Cebuano designer Neil San Pedro is the mastermind behind Neil Felipp. After taking up industrial design at the University of the Philippines in Cebu and a stint as a design apprentice for Kenneth Cobonpue, San Pedro established his own accessories brand. The brand is best known for its minaudières which feature intricate brass and metal details. His products recently appeared in feature-film Crazy Rich Asians.

Neil Felipp is at Unit 06 Corpin Area, 246 Don Gil Garcia Street, Barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City Cebu. You may also shop their products online

Rafe

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New York-based designer Rafe Totengco established his own brand, Rafe, back in 2000. Since then, the brand has expanded to shoes and small leather goods, but their minaudières and clutches still remain the most popular. Rafe has been featured in countless international publications and has been used by celebrities and personalities such as Olivia Palermo, Kate Bosworth, and Elizabeth Hurley, to name a few.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Spot.ph editors.

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