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8 Chic, Sustainable Bag Makers from the Philippines

I have been wanting to feature local brands on this blog for quite a while but just haven’t had the chance to sit and complete a post until now. I’m starting off with a round-up of local bag makers that promote and support slow fashion and sustainability. These homegrown labels create their products by hand, using sustainable materials such as recycled cloth, vegan leather, or natural and traditional fabrics. I’ve found eight Filipino bag makers and they are presented here in random order. When I find the need to buy a new bag, I will definitely not have second thoughts about buying from these makers.

SHOP HUMI

Shop Humi advocates slow fashion and is just one of the many Filipino labels who has joined the fashrev. I have a crush on their round slingbags!

oversized tote bag

round bag

round sling bag

Shop Humi bags

A.L.T. MANILA

A.L.T. Manila makes vegan leather handbags that are simple, uncomplicated but elegantly-designed. They currently have three styles that comes in different colours. I particularly like their Lille shoulder bags.

Lille shoulder bags

Siena shoulder bag

Verona shoulder bags

 

YORKE STUDIOS

Another local bag maker that uses vegan leather is Yorke Studios. Their pieces are custom-made and limited edition.

vegan leather bucket bag

vegan leather shoulder bag

vegan leather envelope clutch

vegan leather bag

HABIN PH

You can tell that Habin PH is a home grown fashion label that is proud of the Filipino culture and craftsmanship. Their handbags showcase traditional fabric such as the T’nalak fabric – a woven cloth worn by the T’boli tribe from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato; the Yakan fabric from Zamboanga; and the Inabel from Paracelis, Mountain Province. Their basket bags are handcrafted by weaving communities in Abra.

hand strap clutch

ethnic sling bag

woven basket bag.

CATHY’S

Cathy’s bags are hadwoven by the tribes in Mindanao, using native Philippine materials such as woven sabutan mats from Aurora, and inlaid shell components from Cebu. Apart from bags, Cathy also make small accessories and jewelry, available from their website and select local outlets.

 

ABRE LINEA

Abre Linea Incorporated was born after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Eastern Visayas in November 2013. Combining craftmanship with contemporary design, Abre Linea is able to provide sustainbale livelihood to weaving communities affected by Haiyan. The bags are made from “Ticog” grass (Frimbistylis globulosa) and “Buri” (Corypha) palm leaves, and lovingly handwoven by by artisans. All proceeds of the sales go back to the communities in Leyte and Samar involved in the production process.

abre linea native tote bags

abre linea handwoven bag

abre linea handbag

abre linea luggage tags

ANTHILL FABRIC GALLERY

Anthill Fabric Gallery creates bags, clothing, accessories, and home decors made from indigenous hand-loomed textiles and vintage fabrics. Based in Lahug, Cebu, Anthill Fabric aims to promote home-grown tapestry and weaves through contemporary design. Here’s a peek at their 2017 Summer Collection:

Anthill Fabric woven bag

Anthill Fabric woven passport holder

Anthill Fabric summer tote

RAGS TO RICHES

Last but not the least, and one of my favorites is Rags to Riches. I love the fact that they make their bags using upcycled fabric, and also that they are able to provide a sustainable livelihood for their artisans.

Which of these local makers do you support? Have you bought a bag from any of these brands? Do you know of other local bag makers that support sustainable fashion? If yes, please do share, and I’ll gladly update this post.

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