With outlets in Marikina and Ortigas Centerâ€™s Shangri-La Plaza, the store carries the creations of leather artisans who use locally sourced and processed rawhide to produce high-quality products. Its signature bags for both men and women come in classic styles that make them timeless must-haves.
In line with its motto â€śBeauty with Compassion,â€ť this social enterprise buys raw materials such as coconut oil and lemongrass at above-market prices from rural low-income communities, using them for cosmetics and personal care productsâ€”lipsticks, deodorants, balms, shampoos, and moreâ€”made from natural and organic ingredients.Â
Hereâ€™s an upscale one-stop shop for everything Filipinoâ€”think souvenirs, accessories, home accents, cigars, and traditional formal wear such as the embroidered barong shirt. Its biggest outlet is at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
This Quezon City spot is the go-to place for locals who need spiffy-looking bespoke suits
and barongs. Owner Johann Ebarle set up the shop to encourage Filipino men to dress better, countering the fast-fashion mentality with creations whose cuts and styles rival those from high-end designers.
This article originally appeared in theÂ August/September 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śThe Guide: Manila; Shoppingâ€ť).