There is no doubt that the Philippines has always been known for expert craftmanship and innovative use of local materials. With the growing number of local designers combining contemporary styles with ethnic prints and traditional weaving techniques, we are able to connect with our own heritage through their traditionally-inspired designs.
Now, more than ever, is the best time to support our local fashion industry. From beautiful accessories to unique ready-to-wear pieces, Rustan’s Studio Artesan makes homegrown brands more accessible to its consumers. Similarly, we are making their designers just a little bit more familiar for everyone, too.
We had the privilege of catching up with six creative minds behind brands that will refresh your wardrobe with pieces rooted in Filipino culture. Read on to learn more about Marga Nograles of the modern Mindanaoan label Kaayo, Bea Roxas of sustainable brand Kanya, Marjorie delos Reyes of fashion and home brand Liwayway, Adrienne Charuel of handcrafted apparel and bags label Maison Metisse, Ken Samudio of luxury accessory brand Matthew & Melka, and Iya Misa Martinez of hand-sculpted fine jewelry brand Misa.