• handmade soy candle by SaanSaan
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    Saan Saan Candles – Light Fueled by Wander

    It must be wonderful to be able to start up a business that connects with the things you love. I am not an entrepreneur but I think it is safe to say that one common denominator amongst small businesses focused on craftsmanship and environmental sustainability is passion. After all, starting a business in itself is both a risk and a challenge, and when you choose to be an ethical, eco-conscious brand then expect challenges to be greater yet the rewards more meaningful. On Lokal, Mark, creator of Saan Saan shares with us how launching the brand allows him the freedom to run his own business while doing the things he…

  • Craftsmith Living concept store
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    Craftsmith Living – Simple, Honest, Down-to-Earth Design

    Craftsmith Living is a local concept store in Salcedo Village, Makati, featuring a collection of homewares and artisanal objects that celebrate craftsmanship and slow living. Founded by Mia De Lara & Kitty Bunag, the store is also a venue for workshops or collaborations with other creatives and organizations that share their vision. “We’d like to think of Craftsmith as our playground – a space where we create freely – unbound by rules, where we share, collaborate and ultimately make a difference in the lives of those around us as well as organizations both environmental and humanitarian who are aligned with our philosophy.” – Mia & Kitty I discovered Craftsmith Living through Instagram,…

  • sili ceramics cup
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    Shop Feature: si.li. ceramics

    Our Shop Spotlight this week presents another creative duo, Simona Janišová & Linda Viková of si.li. ceramics. Both graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. They now share a passion for creating handcrafted ceramic homewares. si.li. ceramics is a fusion of two different approaches and styles. Each piece in their shop is handmade from Limoges porcelain or high-fired stoneware, and lovingly hand painted. I love the quirkiness of their designs, particularly their Espresso cups and rectangular saucers! What’s the story behind the shop name? Title si.li. is derived from our first names (Simona and Linda), pronunciation refers to “silly” in english language. What are your top 3 favorite picks from your…