• Olivia and Diego upcycled fashion
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    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…

  • Habi upcycled woven shoes
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    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…

  • Paladim Handmade workspace
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    Workspace: Paladim Handmade

    Paladim Handmade is Dimitar Palanski- founder and creative director, Svestolav Palanski- designer, and Davis Nikolov- designer. We have featured Paladim Handmade in our recent Shop Feature post, and this time, we take a peak inside their workshop in Bulgaria. Since the shop opened in 2012, they have shipped over 2000 items in 52 countries, and definitely are not stopping at the moment. This is where all their Kran lamps, wooden clocks, and upcycled home decor are made.   Thanks much for sharing your work space! Paladim Handmade | Facebook | Twitter | Etsy