• Olivia and Diego upcycled fashion
    INTERVIEWS,  Lokal

    Olivia + Diego – Upcycled Out of Happiness

    In my search for finding local,sustainable brands, I first learned about Olivia & Diego on Instagram and  immediately thought, well, here is another successful local label that not only helps keep unnecessary waste out of the landfill, but also offers empowerment and livelihood to women in rural communities, particularly in Davao, Philippines. You may have heard or come across this label too, as they have retailers not just in the Philippines but overseas as well, such as in Australia, Canada, Japan, Germany, and the United States. Olivia & Diego makes fashion accessories out of  discarded t-shirts. Their products are made by hand and come in vibrant, joyful colours – which is very fitting…

  • mama bird shirt

    Shop Feature: The Bee & The Fox

    Stumbled upon The Bee & the Fox shirts on Instagram and I just fell in love with their “Mama Bird” & “Baby Bird” tees! It turns out, all their other tees are just as adorable! Today, The Bee & The Fox owner Ashley Jennett talks about how they’ve started the brand plus a bit more. What’s the story behind the shop name? The Bee & The Fox is something I started with my husband. He always calls me his “bee” and I’ve always called him my “fox”, so it was created based on our nicknames for one another. Lame, I know. What are your top 3 favorite picks from your shop?…

  • Habi upcycled woven shoes

    Habi Footwear – Walk on Weave

    I am thrilled to be featuring a handmade shop from the Philippines to start off the year.  Habi is not just a maker of handcrafted eco-friendly footwear for men, women, and kids, but also a social enterprise that upholds responsible fashion. Founded by Janine Chiong, Paola Savillo, and Bernadee Uy – what began as a college thesis turned out to be a very successful business as a growing number of stockists overseas now carry their brand – both online and brick-and-mortar shops (e.g. QamaySF). In this interview, Janine – President and CEO and Head of Sales & Marketing, talks about how their brand supports sustainability and better the lives of poor families in the country. What’s…