Uplift these local brands one stylish piece at a time
In the midst of a pandemic, we may have turned to athleisure and loungewear for our everyday fit. With homegrown businesses struggling after a year in lockdown, we’re making a case for a closet revamp featuring local brands. Getting a new ensemble can instantly brighten one’s day in quarantine, too!
It helps that it’s so easy to discover and shop new brands now in the virtual space. Filipino designers, in particular, are rivaling international names with stylish and high-quality offerings, while various online marketplaces continue to curate unique pieces championing local designers and brands at fair price points.
Here are some of the stores you can scout!
Anika is the brainchild of Filipino designer Anika Martirez. The brand prides itself in being locally-made and boasts a casual-chic aesthetic. Other than minimalist tops and breezy jumpsuits, they sell one-of-a-kind ear danglers to spice up your look.
For easy pieces that you can wear from day to night, you won’t go wrong with getting pieces from Anika.
Copper has more than 100K followers on Instagram and regularly updates their website with stylishly curated items. It’s rare for a piece to retail for more than P1,000 as prices range from P395 for a top to P995 for co-ords. It’s no surprise why lots of millennials flock to their site every time they have a new release. Heads up, they offer free shipping for orders P2,999 and up!
In the mood for fun prints? Neon Island is your go-to store! They bring in the fun this summer with vibrant swimwear and loungewear for the beach, so say goodbye to boring bikinis!
Neon Island releases new collections regularly, but you can still browse through their old stuff on their website. Plus, you get free shipping for orders over P3,000!
Undo Clothing by Kyla Zuñiga is all about building a sustainable wardrobe without compromising taste. The brand features clean and sophisticated designs that cater to a mature and professional crowd.
Traditional patterns meet chic clothing! Piopio products are locally handcrafted by artisanal communities using time-honoured techniques. Their products, which take two to six months to produce, are a labor of love to showcase and preserve Filipino artistry.
Now, let’s talk about shoes! Launched in 2007, Renegade Folk has been a longtime player in the fashion industry. Harnessing the talents of Marikina shoemakers, the brand highlights high-quality designs, which inspired a cult following. Renegade Folk has branches in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao with a fully functional online store to boot (safety first, though!).
Do you fancy woven, handmade and colorful accessories? From organizers and passport holders to bags and purses, Rags2Riches has it all. Besides creating and selling functional and stylish accessories, the homegrown brand has an advocacy: to continue empowering local artisans and promote eco-ethical fashion. It’s more than just a store—it’s a movement.
They currently have two locations in Quezon City. Online, you can find their items listed on thingsthatmatter.ph along with other sustainable, eco-friendly brands that share the same mission as them!
Mantou Clothing seeks to elevate your wardrobe basics by offering simple, timeless designs. From camisoles and shirts to skirts and trousers, you’ll be sure to find keepsakes to store in your closet for a very long time. You can ever score free shipping for orders over P2,000!
Itching to have a complete wardrobe overhaul? We don’t blame you! Enjoy shopping, ladies and gentlemen!