Filip + Inna
Drawing on past cultural heritage isn’t exactly unique amongst the fashion fraternity, in fact far from it, but Filip + Inna Founder and Creative Designer Lenora Luisa A. Cabili takes the process one step further by using actual Philippine artisans from across the archipelago to realise her designs, giving them at once an opportunity to make a living whilst also preserving, and in some cases reviving, old ancient crafts, traditions and techniques.
Having herself grown up on the island of Mindanao and experienced first hand the lives and traditions of indigenous peoples (like the Maranaos from Lanao famed for their colourful and intricate weaving), it was Cabili’s career as a dancer with the Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company that really sparked her love of traditional costumes and their rich heritage.
Today, Cabili’s contemporary womenswear designs incorporate not only local fabrics like abaca and pinya (made from pineapple fibre), but highly detailed and time-consuming handmade embroidery, beadwork, pearl work and woven motifs, resulting in on-trend garments that are as wearable as they are ethical.
We’re loving the cute, cross-stitch embroidered chambray Inna Pilar shorts and the funky, colourful Inna T'boli Beaded Belts – no two designs are exactly alike, but all come with a heartfelt helping of fashion feelgood.