STYLE LOKAL: Our closets and their causes

Published August 14, 2020, 7:14 PM

by John Legaspi

Check out this week’s edit of Filipino fashion from a youthful lens.

Gone are the days it was established fashion designers who championed the Filipino aesthetic. A new breed of young creatives is here to lead the way in promoting Philippine fashion by merging it with their advocacies. 

Wearing your cause on your sleeve has never been more important for this generation of digital natives. With almost unlimited access to information, they are opting to be part of the conversation, and are even using their own brands to send their message of change. The language of style for these modern entrepreneurs now goes beyond what’s hot and on trend, into something that would make a greater positive impact.

The youth is the hope of the future, it has been said, and we truly believe that, especially in fashion. If you’re the kind of person that needs more convincing, check out the works of some of the young vanguards of the industry and see that the future of Philippine fashion is in good hands.

Avery top by TELA

For Alyssa Lagon, fashion can be a tool to save the environment. That is why, with her brand Tela, she opts to use only natural, biodegradable materials and upcycled fabric scraps. The brand works with the Argao community in Cebu, where they weave and recycle excess textiles from clothing companies in Manila.

The brand’s Avery top, a modern and sustainable take on the classic “Maria Clara” look, represents what Alyssa believes today’s fashion should be – Filipina, chic, and guilt-free. 

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Sustainable masks and bandana set by Bondi Studios

A brand that blossomed inside the hall of a university, Bondi Studios has been the go-to digital store for all things dainty and minimalist. Led by Sam Tangco, Robyn See, and Erica Dee, the brand continues to spread its “Bondi” lifestyle and celebrate the creativity of modern women one piece at a time. 

Just like many fashion brands, Bondi Studios also explored producing safety wearables. Feel free to channel Fernando Amorsolo‘s lovely ladies of the countryside with the brand’s non-medical face masks that come with matching bandanas. Made from deadstock fabric to prevent excess waste going into landfills, they are reusable and washable.

Isla by Munimuni Studios

With a brand name that means “to reflect,” Munimuni Studios definitely thinks things through when it comes to eco-conscious style. Lara Rapanan designs casual to semi-formal footwear featuring materials unique to the country, and works with local artisans as she builds her brand.

A tropical dream in a shoe, the Isla block heel is the perfect footwear to step into for your next adventure outside. It is made of handwoven abaca rope with vegan leather soles and foam padding. It is durable and resistant to salt water damage, perfect for the ladies who love to be at the beach.

Style Lokal is a weekly story that celebrates the works of local artisans and entrepreneurs in the fashion and beauty industry. It aims to promote the “buy lokal” initiative to support Filipino-owned business, especially in this pandemic. If you have a product you want us to feature, send us an email at [email protected] with the subject STYLE LOKAL: (product name).