Many homegrown brands only dream of someday reaching international status.
For Tali Handmade, it took less than a year for its vibrant hand-made bags, each its own kaleidoscope of interwoven colors and patterns, to accomplish this feat.
Founders Marielle De Leon-Lazaro and Liza Morales Crespo first debuted the bags in Manila last year. After a well-received trunk show in New York a few months later, Tali signed with New York-based online retailer ShopLatitude, which distributes the quirky handbags worldwide.
On December 10, Tali Handmade heads back to New York for a trunk show at the very exclusive Madison Avenue showroom of online luxury retailer Moda Operandi. Hopefully soon, Tali will join the ranks of Proenza Schouler, Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta, and more well-known designers carried by the group.
Founded by Lauren Sto. Domingo and Aslaug Magnusdottir, Moda Operandi is known for being the first of its kind to invite clients to preorder next season’s looks right off the runway and is known for its exceptional list of designers, both emerging and established.
Locally, Tali Homemade products are available at various retailers including Rustan’s, Cura V, and Tint, as well as at Shangri-La Makati, and at luxury resorts such as Amanpulo and El Nido Lagen Island. Elsewhere, they're sold through retailers in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the United States.
For Tali Handmade's 2017 collection, its founders sought inspiration from the ethnic tribal patterns unique to the Philippines. Since the social enterprise owes its existence to the working hands of women who live in rural communities in various provinces, it seemed fitting to base their designs on the same symbols that come from a long tradition of independent women. While each miniaudière clutch, slider, and bucket bag is tailored to reflect the modern lifestyle of the Tali woman, the true initiative behind the brand shines through—its socially conscious mission to empower impoverished women at the grassroots level.
Here’s what you can expect from the 2017 collection: