Manilan Artisans

Top Picks... Manilan Artisans
October 16, 2017

We can’t help feeling crafty, since FAME – everybody’s favourite artisan fair – is back in town from 20 to 22 October. As your retail warm-up act, here’s LUXE’s guide to the best places to procure locally crafted, beautiful Pinoy products. Go nuts, but save some coin for FAME, too...

A one-stop shop stocked with an extensive array of homewares, fashion and gifts, Kultura is on a mission to separate you from your wonga with traditional tikog woven purses, svelte South Pea pearls, pretty piña fabrics (made from the fibres of dried pineapple leaves), simple hand-dyed sarongs and graphic tees by the capital’s favourite street label, Team Manila. The Crafts for a Cause collection stars products made in partnership with marginalised communities. How’s that for feelgood finds?

Always a default pitstop for men’s and women’s Filipiniana-wear, Tesoro offers a wealth of exquisitely embroidered barongs (the traditional, ornate men’s shirt), as well as short-sleeved kimono blouses, patadyong wrap skirts, jackets, accessories and blazers. Well-crafted homewares and gift items range from capiz shell lanterns and mother of pearl picture frames, to ceramics, cutlery, tableware, lighting and wood wares. The lavishly worked and embroidered silk or pina fibre shawls are heirlooms in the making.

Filip + Inna’s founder and creative designer Lenora Cabili uses Philippine artisans from across the archipelago to realise her designs – preserving, and in some cases reviving, ancient crafts, traditions and techniques. Cabili’s contemporary womenswear designs incorporate not only local fabrics such as abaca and piña, but highly detailed embroidery, beadwork, pearl-work and woven motifs. These on-trend garments are as wearable as they are ethical.

Owned by tastemaker duo Andrés Vázquez-Prada and Kaye Tinga, W17’s sprawling, two-storey warehouse is a treasure trove. Interior enthusiasts of all aesthetic tendencies will find something to feather their nests, from Ming-inspired lacquered cabinets with a mod-minimalist finish, to shab-chic bleached driftwood coffee tables (best paired with one of the intricate shell-inlay chairs), and glam mirrored consoles. Worried about your return-leg weight? Staff can arrange for items to be shipped to your door.

Sitting pretty in the CW Home Depot complex, Urban Abode is a bijou, two-storey temptation festooned with natty one-off objects, vintage and upcycled accessories, locally made lifestyle items and owner Kristen Neri’s hand-crafted and customisable reclaimed wood furnishings. Business manager-cum-barista Mike Magturo is on hand to brew up some jip local java when it’s most needed. Want the look without any of the legwork? Kristen can personally come to your digs and do all of the decorating for you...

FAME / World Trade Center / 9am-7pm / 20-22 Oct /
Kultura / 2/F / SM Annex Bldg / Ayala Center / Makati / +63 2 892 1027 / 10am-9pm daily /
Tesoro / 1016 A Arnaiz Ave / Makati / +63 2 887 6285 / + branches /
Filip + Inna /
W17 / La Fuerza Compound / 2241 Chino Roces Ave / Makati / +63 2 478 1717 / 10am-7pm Mon-Sat /
Urban Abode / CW Home Depot / 1 Dona Julia Vargas Ave / Pasig / +63 917 320 0994 / 10am-7pm daily /