Local Brands You Should Really Get Your Hands On
We get it. Shopping can be stress-relieving!
But shopping almost always means spending hard-earned moolah on expensive, branded items — nope, it doesn’t matter whether you purchase them online or in malls! — and it can be draining in the long run.
The bummer: because everyone now wants to be trendy, you’re more likely to see someone else wearing an outfit similar to yours at some point in this lifetime. (Believe me, it happened to me!)
As an alternative, why not try Filipino-made items? Not only are these quality products, they’re also unique.
Here are some local brands that will surely make you chic any day from head to toe!
Well, it helps if you’re a beach lover… but otherwise, handmade jewelries made of sea glass are sure to turn heads around! Cat and Kai has been collecting pieces of sea glass for years, until they realized that these seemingly irrelevant items are a confluence of man-made products (bottles made of glass, for instance) and the laws of nature (the repeated battery of waves and sand).
What better way to upcycle these items than make them wearable! As a plus point, these jewelries are made by order, so you’re sure to get a one-of-a-kind item that suits your liking.
Turtle is a great example of persistence, determination, endurance and more. By very design, the turtle is a survivor. It has the ability to protect itself against harsh predators. This is a great lesson for us. The turtle is a great guide to call upon when we need to shield ourselves from oncoming attack. Visualise the turtle lending me you protection, encapsuled by turtle shell, deflecting all the assaults that pummel your wat. The turtle gives great moments of protection, safety and solace. 🐢 #turtle
🎨 Kayu Wooden Watches are perfect to be mixed and matched with indie finds crafted with lots of passion and good vibes! . . Check out Kayu Wooden Watches, Kayu Bamboo Sunglasses and more of handmade goods in Dreamland Arts and Crafts Cafe in Tagaytay! . . Unleash your indie soul today! . . For more details Like us on Facebook and Follow us on IG @kayu.ph. . . Photo credit: @indiegreenculture . . #kayuph #timewithnature #kayuwoodenwatches
With the wooden watches from Kayu, though, problem is solved! The designs are minimalistic yet stylish, and you can easily wear them with either a casual OOTD or a business attire.
Are you ready for summer? . Check out Kayu Bamboo Sunglasses inspired by the rich culture and history of the Philippines! . Let Datu, Lakan and Raha, titles used for brave Filipino leaders and native royalty, remind you to appreciate our nature, history and tradition while we explore our beautiful islands this summer season! . Kayu Bamboo Sunglasses is perfect for summer as it floats on water! They are made with TAC Polarized lens, spring hinges to make it more bendable and it comes with free bamboo case and microfiber pouch. . So what are you waiting for? Order Datu, Lakan or Raha today for only 2,100 with free shipping nationwide and enjoy Philippine summer with nature, culture, comfort and style all in one! . #kayuph #appreciateyournature #kayubamboosunglasses
More importantly, you’re wearing not only something local but also something that’s been made and designed by the Ivatans.
The only thing hotter than Manila is our Carryall in Blush 🔥 Fresh drops in the HQ but in limited pieces only. Get it before we run out (again)! - Also, a shoutout to model-slash-makeup artist extraordinaire, @pninacarlos, who gamely and generously gave us so much of her time and talent. Lines like "Big things come in small packages" were born out of people like Nina whose heart and creativity are so huge you wouldn't miss it even in a huge crowd. - We're so blessed to be working with amazing talents with even more amazing hearts! If you're just like Nina who is equal parts beauty and soul, hit us up! We'd love to work with you. - 📸: Ina and Elle Battung (@inabattung, @ellebattung)
Their bags never run out of varied styles and colors, and you can easily use any item whether you’re staying in the office or slaying at barkada events!
The Round Sling Status: Available Price: Php 1,200 (plus shipping fee) . Details ☀️ Color (top to bottom): Black, Camel, Nude, Tan ☀️ Specs: 9.5" H x 9.7" D x 3" W ☀️ Strap: 48" L . Features ☀️ Vegan Leather ☀️ Comes with a detachable strap ☀️ Gold-finish accessories and hardware ☀️ Zipped top ☀️ Fully lined with two inner pockets (one zipped and one mobile pouch) . Please read through our previous posts for details on How to Order, Shipping, Returns & Exchanges, Bag Care, etc.
Any fashion ensemble won’t be complete without shoes. Even Marilyn Monroe believed the right shoes can help you “conquer the world.” So, we suggest getting your lovely footwear from Shoes by Kai.
The designs are definitely Filipino: fabric used in malongs from Zamboanga and handwoven cloth from Ilocos. The indigenous weaves are repurposed and intricately handcrafted. No wonder, this home-grown brand is best described by its hashtag, #wearyourculture!
These are only a few of the many available brands out there! Let us know which are your favorites.