• pinatex vegan leather bag
    ECO

    Piñatex – from Pineapples to Leather (the Good Kind)

    By now, you have probably already heard of Piñatex- a sustainably-produced fashion material made from piña (Spanish for pineapple) leaves, and interestingly began its journey in the Philippines. The Piñatex Story Some time in the ’90s, Dr. Carmen Hijosa worked as a specialist in the design and manufacture of leather goods. Visiting a tannery in the Philippines led her to witness the true and devastating impact mass leather production has on people and the environment. Upon leaving the country, she was determined to find a more sustainable alternative to leather. She resigned from her job to spend the next seven years researching and developing what is now a patented material and…

  • HabinPh handmade bag
    ECO

    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. 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. HABIN PH You can tell that Habin…

  • Habi upcycled woven shoes
    INTERVIEWS

    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…