Yakang Yaka Barter: Made with Love and Loom

January 16, 2017 1:51 am by Vicki Abary

The first time I got acquainted with Yakang Yaka Barter was on a trip to the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival in Puerto Galera, Mindoro in 2015. I ran into Kelly Mortensen as we were having our bags checked by security. “I love your bags! Where did you get them?” […]


PIOPIO: Wear Your Fili-philia on Your Sleeve

January 5, 2017 1:00 am by Gabriella Galvez

Inabel tunics, T’nalak clutches, tikog backpacks, gladiator sandals woven by the Mangyan in Mindoro—these are only a few of the Fili-philiac finds at the PIOPIO pop-up store in Greenbelt 5. Gone are the days when “high-quality local goods” could’ve been an oxymoronic phrase. Social media has been bountiful for local […]


Empowering Women: Olivia & Diego

January 4, 2017 7:00 pm by Bettina Bacani

It’s no secret that women love jewelry. There’s a reason why the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” was written. Jewelry comes in many shapes, styles, and sizes that can suit every personality. It can make or break an outfit and can give a woman that extra boost of […]


Tribe Dreamweavers: Why Local is the New Premium

January 3, 2017 7:00 pm by Eunice Guzon

Tribe Dreamweavers: Why Local is the New Premium By integrating a global perspective and modern motifs into cultural fashion products that are sourced and created locally, an emerging Filipino lifestyle brand shows us exactly how and why in today’s fashion scene, local is the new premium. “Located in the Philippines’ […]



December 27, 2016 7:20 pm by Gabriella Galvez

The Spanish RTW brand celebrates its first year residing in Philippine shores Text by Gabriella Galvez The –ber months are a convenient excuse to go shopping (yup, the mother of all consumer holidays is fast approaching!), and we can all take advantage of the cooler (and as of recent years, […]

Float Like a Cloud with Harlan + Holden’s Camino

August 10, 2016 1:25 am by Vicki Abary

Local clothing brand Harlan + Holden aims to give women a simple approach to dressing. It offers beautifully tailored separates in solid hues that can be easily mixed and matched. What better way to complement these fluid lines and silhouettes than with modern footwear that is equally easy to wear? […]

The Modern Bride – Part 2

July 24, 2016 1:55 am by Gabriella Galvez

Spanish RTW bridal gown brand Rosa Clara proves quality and ‘fast-fashion’ are not mutually exclusive … Read the Modern Bride – Part 1 “Ready-to-wear”, a phrase born in the 20th century, is now so commonplace that it can even be said for wedding gowns: an item of clothing that most […]

Carbon: Reinvention as a Way of Existence

June 30, 2016 2:18 am by Gabriella Galvez

To some, change may be a thing to fear or be apprehensive about. Those of us who may not be used to adapting to a changing environment tend to take comfort in the familiar and routine. However, for Joanna Preysler Francisco, change can mean re-invention, a chance to evolve into […]

The Modern Bride – Part 1

June 12, 2016 2:45 am by Gabriella Galvez

The Bridal Room aims to check off a number of items on the modern bride’s to-do list … Read the Modern Bride – Part 2 In all of wedding history, June is the month to get married. It began with the Romans who named the month after their goddess of […]

Get It Before It’s Gone: The First Ray-Ban Pop-Up Store in the Philippines

May 28, 2016 2:49 am by Vicki Abary

Newly opened in the metro for a limited time only is the first-ever Ray-Ban Pop-Up Store. You would think that such an ubiquitous eyewear brand seen on fashionable, stylish peeps walking down city streets as often as at the latest beach party, would have free-standing stores everywhere. In fact, the […]