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Sweet Treats from Sweet Success

It’s Christmas season once again, and people are looking for convenient ways to give thoughtful presents. I’ve always believed that items and services from social enterprises, startups, and mom-and-pop shops always offer a special touch. They’re usually more unique, and there are less chances of giving someone a gift that he or she already has. […] Read more…

Habi Footwear: Casual Shoes Incorporating Woven Mats from Payatas

There’s something about flat and strappy sandals that reminds me of outdoor walks on sunny days. They remind me of picnics, light laughter, and twirling around in a skater dress. (Maybe I’ve been consuming way too many fashion blogs, or maybe there are just some items of clothing that I automatically associate to certain moods and […] Read more…

Gouache Waxed Canvas Bag

Gouache Waxed Canvas Bags

They launched a crowdfunding campaign towards the end of 2013. Roughly two years later, this young start-up now sells a variety of Philippine-made products worldwide. They take their loyal customers and craftsmen along with them as they continue their ascent to start-up success. Meet the people and products behind Gouache Waxed Canvas Bags. Their words and their works are a testament […] Read more…

Postcards and Paradoxes: Stories and Snapshots from Baler

Life in the city is overwhelming: it’s busy, polluted, and cramped. Everything and everyone intrusively grabs our time and attention. Sometimes, I can’t even hear myself think. When it plagues me with sudden bursts of panic and claustrophobia, I dream of escaping. This kind of escapism is what I had in mind when my classmates and I headed to […] Read more…

Obrano: Hand-Stitched Wallets from Marikina

Obrano, a local leather goods and weave brand, launched their first product; a minimalist wallet designed to carry your essential cards and cash. “Obrano creates hand stitched products with function, durability and style in mind,” says Justin Bereber, co-founder of Obrano. “We also want to showcase the rich tradition of our local weaves by incorporating […] Read more…

Anthill Fabric Gallery

Ever since the conception of this blog, I identified a major threat: if I commit to focusing on writing about social enterprises or locally made products, wouldn’t I run out of things to write about? I know there are many bags, accessories, shoes, and school supplies that are designed and produced locally. But prior to hearing about […] Read more…