• Little White Pouch engagement ring
    INTERVIEWS,  Lokal

    Little White Pouch – Bespoke Jewellery Made with Love

    It is a joy to see a growing number of home-grown Filipino creatives offering the best of what they’ve got to the local market. And local artisan options are no longer limited to just clothes, accessories, homewares, furniture and preserved food. How cool is it to know that there’s a local maker you can turn to for those extra special purchases for the most special people in your life. Little White Pouch offers quality handcrafted bespoke jewellery pieces, including engagement rings and wedding bands. Let’s get to know the designer and owner behind Little White Pouch, as Yani Monroy shares with us how the business began, the process involved in…

  • 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…

  • INTERVIEWS,  SHOPS INTL

    Shop Feature: Junghwa

    Our shop of the week, Junghwa, is owned by Amy Stewart, who some of you may know through her blog. I happen to love the pieces of accessories in her shop- the rope bracelets, being my favorites. Amy and her husband, Sean are expecting their first baby, so congratulations and best wishes to them both!  What’s the inspiration behind your shop’s name? My middle name and my Korean name is Junghwa. For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to name my future brand Junghwa. It has a special meaning to me because my grandparents were the only ones to ever call me by that name but they passed…