Katha PilipinasArtefino issued a call and they responded. Here are some of the young Filipino designers and talents who took on the “renew, recycle and reuse” challenge.
Aire is a menswear label from Creative Definitions’ umbrella of mindful, proudly Filipino lifestyle brands. It is a brand borne out of a desire to fill the gap in Philippine fashion for timeless, elegant garments made especially for the modern-day gentleman.
Bagoyan celebrates Kalinga culture and tradition through treasured weaves of the region. The brand, founded by Kalinga-based designer Bagoyan, integrates the colors and patterns of the north onto contemporary classics.
Camille Villanueva is influenced by dance, London’s vibrant style scene and her grandmother’s wardrobe. The Central Saint Martins graduate is inclined to work with local and natural fabrics, applying them onto silhouettes and shapes that resonate with the confident 20- and 30- somethings.
Christian Sera is a creator of leather bags, small accessories and home décor who works with skilled artisans, utilizing vegetable tanned leather or upcycled scraps when able. His evolution as a designer saw the Christian Sera signature leather tote evolve into other styles.
Edited Limited is an experimental brand that explores new ways of wearing sustainable fashion. Key pieces from the label include denim kimonos, skirts and apron dresses dressed in the label’s signature Phalaenopsis hand embroidery.
Style Ana integrates key elements of the Philippine dress onto chic, casual pieces that celebrate the modern Filipina. Iconic butterfly prints, locally sourced fabrics and baro’t saya-inspired garments are reimagined to integrate into any wardrobe.
Kelvin Morales breathes a distinct brand of contemporary, experimental design into local fashion. He honors works of the hand through unconventional forms and silhouettes while striking a delicate balance between both future and the past.
Jill Lao celebrates women in motion. The brand, under the creative direction of Parsons alumna Jill Lao, is an expression of easy elegance and luxury, creating garments that are made to last and for moving every day.
Katha Pilipinas is a creative social enterprise that provides the Filipino artist entrepreneur a platform for showcasing their works.
Artists, designers and brands that make up Katha’s curated product offerings include AVM’s Artworks, Juan Ekis, Pinky Lizares, EDA.BCD, Astropringles, Jonathan Guillermo and Happy Andrada.
The ShapeShop is all about empowerment and celebrating the female form. As a proud homegrown concept, The ShapeShop leads the charge for buying local regardless of lifestyle, age, shape or size.
Nuevo Ystilo is on a journey to redefine traditional Philippine dress. Apart from modernizing the Filipiniana in a multitude of ways—as a top, cocktail dress or cape—the brand also highlights the use of local fabrics like silk cocoon and piña callado.
Pinagtagpi stitches together stories that define Philippine culture and the textile industry. It draws its name from the Filipino word “tagpi.” Easy and effortless pieces inspire a return to roots and a new way of wearing local weaves with pride.
Pinas Sadya is a lifestyle brand that opens up conversations around Philippine culture, craft and heritage. Its product range includes kimono ponchos, jackets, scarves and matching sets designed to highlight local design and workmanship.
Vina Romero is a study in crafting a luxury experience through subtle details. Although not necessarily minimalist in her design approach, the designer integrates meticulous craftsmanship with clean, streamlined forms that impress as everyday, wearable works of art.
Bag by Christian Cera