Knowing what’s happening to our planet because of the things we own, including clothes and accessories, that eventually turn into waste is really alarming. We all love fashion, no doubt about it. But it’s also high time we consider what we put on and keep in our wardrobes. Looking to lessen your carbon footprint? Here are some of our favourite sustainable Filipino fashion brands and where to find them.
Chic net bags from Simula PH
For beach bums who need chic, lightweight, and handy totes, these net bags from Simula PH are for you. They come in fun colours pink, blue, and white. Use them to keep your beach essentials intact or as a grocery bag to avoid single-use plastic bags. Apart from their stylish and functional features, each purchase of these net bags helps Simula PH aid small communities, PWDs, and other foundations. You can find them in bazaars from time to time in the metro or order from their Instagram account.
Leather creations from Cosimo
Leather products from Cosimo, such as everyday bags and luggage, go beyond just being bespoke and handcrafted with high-quality materials. They use upcycled materials like leather jackets to make their bags, which can be used by both men and women for school, office or travel use. The best thing about these bags? You can use them to complement either your laidback and relaxed outfit or your dapper and well-dressed look. You can purchase these bags through the brand's Instagram.
Swimwear from Body Party PH
Each Body Party swimsuit is made of recycled fishnets and/or plastic bottles, perfect for every eco-conscious woman. Arguably, the crowd’s favourite is their collaboration with Filipina TV actress, host and style icon Solenn Heusaff because the swimsuits’ designs are inspired by her artworks. But you can wear any of their designs for a beach trip if you want to exude a truly tropical vibe. Stay tuned to their Facebook page to get first dibs on new designs.
Traditional weaves from Kaayo
Channel your inner Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray when you wear any Kaayo piece created using the traditional weaving patterns from the indigenous people of Bagobo and T’Boli in Mindanao. Kaayo handcrafts every piece they offer. Get the Tangkulo scarf, which adds colour to both plain casual and formal outfits, or one of their hand-beaded jackets perfect for formal meetings. They have a physical store at MARTISH Store. JP Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City. You can also reach them at +63 936 921 6254 or visit their Instagram page.
Sandals and slip-ons from Renegade Folk
One can also celebrate their Filipino roots through footwear with the brand Renegade Folk. You can find stylish, classy, and durable sandals and slip-ons here proudly handmade by Marikina sapateros (shoemakers). You can wear them on the beach with your flowy resort wear, during casual strolls around the mall in your denim shorts and plain shirt, or when you’re running errands in your favourite khaki pants and shirt. You can get your own Renegade Folk pair here.
Every day wear from Pio Pio
Wearing textile from different parts of one's country is indeed a nice thing to do — not just sartorially but also in terms of helping local artisans. That's exactly what Pio Pio wants everyone to do as they redesign local and traditional fabric into everyday wear. They have bomber jackets and off-shoulder tops that are best to wear when travelling, kimonos that you can wear in the summer, and other interesting pieces that you can wear with Filipino pride. You can shop their pieces here.