It’s the season for your “new year, new me” battle cry, and you’re probably planning on tweaking your look to start 2018 with a fabulous bang. If you’re upgrading your closet, then consider getting pieces from these local brands which not only produce quality-made pieces, but also support worthy causes:

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Akaba

Supports: GKonomics, a part of Gawad Kalinga

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Whether you’re out and about the city for a chill Christmas break or out of town for a family vacay, handwoven Akaba bags will definitely give your OOTD that relaxed outdoor vibe—not to mention they’re also great conversation starters!

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Angie’s Yakan Cloth and CustomMade Crafts Center

Supports: Indigenous Filipino Tribes, including T’boli, Higaonon, Mangyan, Yakan, and many more

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It’s legit when we say that Filipinos create beautiful traditional textiles, and each pattern is a story of a unique tribe and culture. Instead of setting your eyes on expensive imported products, take time to explore the hundreds of choices created by talented Pinoys and keep the local weaving industry alive.

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Habi Footwear

Supports: Livelihood communities in Quezon City

Espadrilles? Check. Slip-ons? Check. Sneakers? Check. Habi Footwear does almost every kind of shoe you can think of, each with the unique local touch of woven fabric. The upside is that they’re relatively affordable, too!

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Mori Notes

Supports: the mothers of Apolonio Samson, Quezon City

If you travel a lot, then you probably have a penchant for multi-purpose and multi-pocketed purses. Worry not—this brand has got you covered with designs ranging from chic to cutesy.

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Risque Designs

Supports: livelihood communities in Negros Occidental, Laguna, and Marikina

Brides, these are the shoes you’ve been looking for. Risque Designs has a collection of unique, beautifully handcrafted footwear you probably never knew you wanted.

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Tejo

Supports: underpriviledged communities in Paranaque City

Of course, an outfit isn’t complete without accessories! Glam up with these statement earrings and other brightly-colored bling.

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Check these brands out at the BPI Sinag ng Pasko Christmas Bazaar happening on December 13 at the Palm Drive Activity Center in Glorietta 2.

 

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