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Trash to Treasure

February 16, 2015
Jacinto & Lirio

Tasked with producing a cost-effective business model for the prestigious 2009 BiD Philippines Competition, five enterprising bods from Ateneo de Manila University dreamed up leatherette label Jacinto & Lirio, which has already garnered a cult following from the capital’s savviest stylistas. Their winning formula? Harvesting the beautiful but pesky water hyacinth (notorious for clogging Manila’s waterways), and using it as a raw material in the creation of covetable leather-like fashion accessories. Every item in the collection is environment-friendly, and their production provides sustainable income to artisans from less advantaged communities in the Philippines.

Flash forward a few years and co-founders Anne Krystle Mariposa and Noreen Marian Bautista have expanded their hand-crafted cache to encompass sleek handbags with acacia wood handles and cowhide accents, notebooks bound and stencilled with vibrant, local folkloric imagery, and resizable suede-lined laptop and gadget wraps. The plant-based leather-like brand is at the moment only available at select locations, including branches of The Give Project, Fully Booked and Scribe Writing Essentials. Or better yet, click by the Jacinto & Lirio website and they’ll have their world-bettering wares delivered straight to your door.

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