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16 Things That Will Get You Excited For MaArte Fair 2018

On its 10th year, MaArte Fair lets the men join in on the fun.
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From August 10 to 12, the annual MaArte Fair returns to the Peninsula Manila for another run of local and artisanal crafts sold for the benefit of the National Museum and in partnership with the Museum Foundation of the Philippines.

Expect to see these new and returning exhibitors at the Pen this weekend:

 


FOR THE MEN


On its 10th edition, the MaArte Fair promises to be more inclusive by bringing something new to the table: a curated selection of items that would interest the modern Filipino gent. When organizers noticed that men would often accompany their girlfriends, wives, or mothers to the fair, they wanted to make the event a more worthwhile one for their male market. This year’s introduction of Pinoy Man Cave showcases an eclectic mix of fashion and accessories for men by both new and regular exhibitors.

Creative Definitions

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A local enterprise first known for its fine bone china and bamboo trays, MaArte regular Creative Definitions is taking a chance on the men and launching its Interweave men’s shorts collection at the fair. The handwoven line uses cotton, as a part of the brand’s advocacy. Its goal is to increase the appreciation of local weavers among the male market.

La Herminia Piña

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Fashion designer Jojie Lloren partners with La Herminia Piña for the Pinoy Man Cave selection. Among the pieces were most excited to see in the flesh is the barong bib pictured below. 

Natalya Lagdameo Menswear


An interior designer by training, and a jewelry designer by choice, Natalya Lagdameo tries her hand at fashion design once more with a selection of coats made of treated linen that looks identical to suede with its creases and lines. Women can also forward to Lagdameo’s jewelry, as well.

Siklo Pilipinas

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The Filipino word “siklo” translates to “cycle” in English and this is exactly what the Siklo founders had in mind in creating their business. Siklo breathes new life into old car parts by upcycling them and transforming them into eco-ethical bags, pouches, belts, and other men’s accessories.

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Randy Ortiz Menswear

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Designer Randy Ortiz is preparing to showcase a line of men’s clothing that’s both daring and contemporary. He uses unconventional materials with textures that gives his designs a modern edge.

Cosimo Leathercrafters

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Third-generation leather crafter Lori Almario took what she learned from her family’s 80-year legacy in leathercrafting and founded Cosimo. Its bag designs are inspired by the single leather jackets each bag is made from. Before the bags are pieced together and the leather is cut, the soft and durable material is first cleaned, treated, and restored before it is given new life.   


FOR THE WOMEN


Aranáz


The Aranaz name has been synonymous with Filipino-made accessories from the time Becky Aranaz founded it with her daughters Amina and Rosanna in 1999. Its fun and quirky bag designs present an escape to the exotic and the tropical.

Filip + Inna 

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Len Cabili was inspired by ancient Filipino techniques when she thought of piecing together Filip + Inna. The fashion line’s mission is to revive, while also preserve, the tradition of weaving, embroidery, and beadwork from the different indigenous groups of the Philippines. Handstitched and hand-embroidered details make it onto dresses, blouses, tops, and trousers for a contemporary take on tradition.

Micki Olaguer


Jewelry designer Micki Olaguer inherited her mother’s penchant for designing fine jewelry, which she was exposed to at an early age. The GIA-accredited jeweler apprenticed under Janina Dizon before specializing in color stones and eventually showcasing her designs at London Fashion Week and winning several international awards. 

For MaArte, the designer is putting her best foot forward with her signature styles made with custom-cut mother of pearl.

Two Chic Manila

Homegrown fashion label Two Chic traces its brand history back to 2008 when sister duo TC Alvarez-Sibal and Ana Alvarez-Laygo started the company. TC lent her creative talent as the brand’s designer, while Ana managed the 11-person business based at a studio in Poblacion. MaArte will sample Two Chic’s bohemian-inspired and heavily-detailed apparel come August 10.

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Piopio


Paloma Zobel has developed a passion for indigenous fabrics, which she incorporates into her label Piopio. Zobel’s apparel line weaves time-honored traditional techniques into modern design. With the help of artisans and weavers across the country, Piopio creates an eye-catching line of everyday wear that reminds its wearers that paying homage to our heritage can be fun.

Tim Tam Ong


Tim Tam Ong’s jewelry designs are characterized with by whimsy and a sense of old-world grandeur. Each of the designer’s pieces is a reflection of the designer’s inspiration and is a one-of-a-kind artistic collectible.

Tilia


Local brand Tilia uses materials indigenous to the Philippines to channel an easy-going yet elegant aesthetic. Every piece from the collection is painstakingly made by hand by a female community in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental and is crafted with hablon fabric. While the brand has established its look by introducing a line of feminine silhouettes in the past, it also promises something fresh with a new collection debuting at MaArte.

 


FOR THE HOME


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Haute Home


Haute Home offers the finishing touches of any table setting, coffee table, or bedside drawer. Everything you never knew you needed to decorate your house, you can find here. The business is proudly local and intricately handmade and hand painted.

Gifts & Graces


This social enterprise represents the underdogs by retailing their livelihood products. They carry wooden toys by persons with disabilities, candles made by displaced children, and tarpaulin bags by women from urban poor areas. Aside from championing a worthy cause, Gifts & Graces brings back a beautiful humanistic aspect with its handmade trinkets.

Beyond Borders

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Beyond Borders aims to revive the craft of Abel weaving, which is a tradition of weaving that is passed down through generations. Spruce up your home with their monogrammed tea towels or add a dash of color to your living space with one of their striped throw blankets.

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