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+63 2 808 5420 /
open daily 10am-10pm
Trekking to the furthest reaches of Asia in order to festoon your home with exotic trinkets and colourful textiles may no longer be necessary thanks to Manila's latest boutique offering, L'Indochine. Store owners Charlene Panutat-Carlos and Leona Laviña-Panutat have scoured remote villages and hill tribes all over Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia to bring back a mix of home accenting pieces and fashion accessories to rival the finds of even the most diehard and savvy shopping traveller.
Due to the one-off nature of certain items, L'Indochine boasts a dynamic stock, but timeless mainstays include hand-embroidered kaftans and batik slacks from Thailand, as well as heavy brass charms and vibrant beaded bags from the Hmong tribe, quilts from Chiang Mai, brass bowls from Myanmar and birdcages from Vietnam.
A selection of the handicrafts have been customised to L'Indochine's modern maxim by using traditional Asian techniques with a contemporary twist, like the Vietnamese lacquerware and Thai benjarong bowls decorated with traditional motifs but in fashionista bright pinks and greens. We're never ones to discourage travel, but with homeware this good, it's tempting to stay put in Manila and let someone else clock up the miles, while you clock up the admiring remarks.