Buwan ng Wika
(National Language Month) gives you the perfect opportunity to show your Pinoy pride. There’s probably no better way to show it than by wearing threads from homegrown
stores, so upgrade your closet with the help of stylish local fashion brands
. It’s a win-win situation since you’ll look good while supporting fellow Filipinos at the same time. Wondering what our local fashion brands
can offer both women and men fashionistas? Take a look at this list of fab finds!
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1. Pilandok Top from Piopio
Where to buy: Kubo by PIOPIO - Esteban Legazpi Village, Makati, Kalakhang Maynila and online at https://www.piopio.ph
Pilandok also refers to the nocturnal Philippine mouse-deer.
Images: Left, PIOPIO Facebook Page; Right, Piopio Website
At first glance, it’s already clear that the Pilandok top from PIOPIO is undeniably Filipino due to its weave designs and materials. The tops are made from local handwoven fabrics produced on hand looms. If you value individuality, then you’d love the fact that no two pieces are the same! Fashionistas would love the top’s modern silhouette with the appeal of traditional Filipino clothes.
Designs to choose from are in purple and orange, pastel stripes, red and pink stripes, purple and red stripes, purple and blue, purple and green, and pastel pink and green.
2. Date Night Satin Slip Dress from COPPER
Where to buy: Online at https://i.shopcopper.com/
Copper’s Date Night satin slip dress features an above the knee length and flowy silhouette.
Images: Left, Copper Website; Right, Copper Facebook Page
The little black dress or LBD is a wardrobe staple that girls should have. As a matter of fact, late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld once said that “one is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a little black dress.” Copper’s date night satin slip dress is an example of an LBD that could be your go-to wardrobe essential.
Made from flowy and glossy fabric, the dress gives a classy and effortless style that is perfect for a romantic date night. The eyelet button closure at the back adds a little sexiness along with the round halter neckline. For a more stylish look, pair the dress with fancy jewelry and heels.
3. Vanessa Backpack from So Fab!
Where to buy: So Fab! branches and online at https://www.sofab.com.ph
Carry your daily essentials in this chic backpack from So Fab.
Images: So Fab Website
Finding a convenient yet stylish bag can be difficult, but So Fab’s Vanessa backpack can be both. Along with its convenient and easy to carry size, it has two internal pockets and two internal zipper pockets to store all your necessities. Meanwhile, extra valuable items such as gadgets and cash can go in the secure back zipper pocket.
The bag is also durable and can withstand the daily grind as it’s made from nylon. Colors to choose from are black, beige, and gray.
4. Postcard jacket from Factory Manila
Where to buy: Online at https://www.factorymanila.com
The jacket is made from 100% cotton twill.
Images: Factory Manila Website
Make your Filipino pride known through Factory Manila’s limited edition red postcard jacket. This unique piece is part of the brand’s vintage-inspired line of denim jackets. Like its name suggests, the jacket’s design is reminiscent of old postcards with the intricate embroidered artworks at the front and a stylized Philippine archipelago at the back.
Aside from the embroidery, what sets the jacket apart is its vibrant red and yellow combination. In terms of fabric, the jacket is made from 100% cotton twill, which is known for being sturdy and comfortable.
Where to buy:
DBTK Flagship Store, 38-A Shorthorn St.Project 8 Quezon City Metro Manila
Online at https://dbtkco.com
Stockists all over the metro (list of stockists available at DBTK’s website)
Since throwback is a huge trend, why not wear clothes that feature your beloved childhood characters?
Images: DBTK Website
For the ‘90s kids out there, this is something you would love! Local streetwear label Don’t Blame The Kids (DBTK) collaborated with Sanrio for a collection of trendy shirts and jackets featuring the cute characters of the Japanese brand.
Hello Kitty, Kero Kerropi, Bad Badtz Maru, and the rest of the Sanrio gang are joined by DBTK’s very own mascot Tom Clutch in every design. One of these adorable pieces is the DBTK X Sanrio Characters hoodie in black. Not only is it both adorable and urban but also snug enough to keep you warm.
6. Resort Shirt from Memo
Where to buy: Memo stores and online at https://memofashion.com
Memo is Penshoppe’s sister company.
Images: Memo Website
Who says work clothes are boring? Memo’s resort top will make any man stylish with its hip stripe prints and relaxed fit. Besides being trendy, the piece is also breathable as it is made from 100% rayon. The warm tones of the shirt can be paired with any neutral bottom for a classy yet fashionable look.
To make it more appropriate for a corporate look, put on a coat over the top. Meanwhile, for a casual look, you can wear it as it is and pair it with chino shorts.
7. Armas Chukka in Desert Suede from Marquina Shoemaker
Where to buy: Marquina Shoemaker
Suede shoes are stylish alternatives to leather shoes.
Images: Marquina Shoemaker Website
You can’t go wrong with a pair of classic shoes in your closet. When picking a pair, you’d want something that can be used for different occasions and would last a long time. Marquina Shoemaker’s Armas Chukka boots is the pair that will elevate your style.
Handcrafted by local craftsmen of Marikina, the pair is made from full grain leather uppers and premium leather lining. With the help of the memory foam footbed, your feet will feel comfortable in every step. Color variants of the Armas Chukka boots include mahogany brown, walnut suede, and chestnut brown.
These fashion pieces are proof that Filipino brands are on par with international ones and that they are worthy of support—not just this Buwan ng Wika, but all year-long.
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