July 19, 2018

Look good AND save the world with these unique fashion finds

Looking to score unique fashion pieces? Why not get them somewhere you’re sure will make you and its makers feel good?

A lot of new businesses around the world and in the country have popped up today which do not aim for mere business growth, but rather go for something that makes a strong and lasting social impact— now, that’s a trend we all welcome.

Really, good for us, ‘cause it means we can shop ‘til we drop without any regret, knowing our money doesn’t just go down the drain.

You can start adding cart in these shops:

Habi Footwear 

What initially started out as a thesis requirement, partners Janine Mikaella Chiong, Bernadee Uy, and Maria Paulina Savillo turned Habi Footwear into a full business that provides social impact through providing livelihood opportunities to mothers in communities, reducing solid waste through using upcycled materials, and actively promoting responsible fashion

Currently, Habi Footwear has partnered with four communities in Quezon City and adapted a business strategy which guarantees a higher income for its weavers.

Cop their comfortable espadrilles and sandals, and many more here.

A post shared by Habi Footwear (@habifootwear) on Apr 6, 2017 at 1:28am PDT

Woven PH

Woven PH was borne in the hopes of keeping the tradition of banig weavers from Saob Cave in Basey, Samar alive. Its goal is to improve the lives of its weavers—mostly elderly women—through the production and sales of their handicrafts, and to sustain their tradition by cementing the livelihood as a culturally and economically viable which can be continued by the community’s next generations.

The organization claims, “We don’t just provide employment and market access to weavers; we rig the industry in their favor.”

Check out their wide range of products. Including chic and unique Laptop sleeves, mats, bag tags, purses, and bags in their website

A post shared by Woven (@woven.ph) on Dec 6, 2017 at 10:42pm PST

TALI Handmade PH

Founded by working moms Liza Morales Crespo and Marielle de Leon-Lazaro, who were inspired by their visit to the female inmates of a city jail in the Philippines, TALI Handmade aims to empower disadvantaged women, who are either prison inmates, disabled, or unemployed.  The project started out with training these women and eventually employing them to produce quality and sustainable products such as bags, .

You can cop their unique hand-made products here:

Tali Ti Amianan

Based in San Juan, La Union, Tali Ti Amianan—which means “rope of the north”—champions an environmental cause. Its founders, surfers Mandy and Miku Ebueza, create beautiful handcrafted bracelets, charms, and bags from trash found in the beach, and other materials such as worn out shirts and used canvas cloth in an effort to save the place they love and call home.

If you want to be a part of their commitment to save the environment, you can view their products here.

A post shared by Tali PH (@tali_ph) on Jul 11, 2015 at 5:58am PDT


R2R supports Philippine artisans. They have partnered with various communities of artisans  from all over the country in their efforts to create fashion items and home accessories out of upcycled cloths and indigenous fabrics. They believe in collaborative and conscious design, empowering and inclusive progress, conscientious commerce, and “pagbabahagi ng sarili” or sharing the best of one’s self.

Order their products here.


Art by Marian Hukom

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