5 Proudly Pinoy Bag Brands ‘By Filipinos, For Everyone’

Great news for bag hags! Our local bag brands are moving up into the world. Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium owns several clutches by Filipino designer, Amina Aranaz-Alunan. The Dutch Queen Maxima also owns Aranaz creations especially those in collaboration with Rags2Riches because she fell in love with its pay it forward story. And we have more homegrown bag brands that make a difference. So, before you spend your hard-earned pesos on that Jimmy Choo, check out these five Pinoy bag brands that give you every reason to be proud of the tag: “Made in the Philippines”

by Leah C. Eriguel, 25 June 2017

Your bag is something you bring along wherever you go. It might as well be your best friend. And just like your bestie, you want your bag to have substance, to mean something more than just some sewn-together canvas or leather that holds your key essentials. If that’s the kind of bag you’re looking for, look no further than these five Filipino-made brands that will make you want to go out and get yourself a new besh you’ll so want to be seen with.

1Rags2Riches

This brand proves that style and sustainability can coexist. It started by empowering women from the impoverished community of Payatas to weave and create bags from upcycled, overstock cloth and indigenous fabrics. Fashion designers Rajo Laurel and Amina Aranaz-Alunan are passionate supporters of Rags2Riches (R2R). Rajo designed the Stella Clutch, a handwoven  evening bag that costs less than PhP2,000, while Amina designed R2R’s most-loved piece, the Buslo hobo bag that goes for less than PhP3,000 (mid-sized). Stores located at Glorietta 1, TriNoma, UP Town Center, and The Podium.

Photo Source:Rags2Riches

2Northloom

Honoring the centuries-old Filipino tradition of abel weaving, Northloom aims to sustain the underprivileged women weavers who craft products made of this handwoven Ilocano fabric. The brand’s slogan is, “Carry your culture,” calling for Filipinos to support the art of their ancestors. These bags are one-of-a-kind, great for traveling, and always a conversation piece. Considering the amount of time, work and skill that goes into every bag, Northlooms are very reasonably priced ranging from belt bags at less than PhP2,000 to backpacks at about PhP3,500.

Photo Source:Northloom Ilocos

3Tali Handmade

Chic and unique, Tali Handmade is a bag brand with a big heart. Two working moms Marielle de Leon-Lazaro and Liza Morales Crespo were bound by their desire to empower women inmates from a local city jail. Together they taught the women inmates weaving techniques using colorful straw. Their bags have a luxe tropical resort feel for the woman who likes to mix everyday elegance with a twist of playful chic. Tali Handmade targets an international clientele so the line is a bit pricey. It is available locally in Powerplant Mall Rockwell, Rustan’s Shangri-la and Rustan’s Makati. 

Photo Source:Tali Handmade

4Ni-QUA

Husband and wife team Migs and Bunnie de Guzman are proud to acknowledge the artisans from Marikina who craft their bags made of 95 percent local raw materials. Quite active in pop-up stores around the city, Ni-QUA is one of the more popular local leather brands. When you buy any item from their Scarte collection, which makes use of leather scraps, part of the proceeds are donated to Real Life Foundation, which holds feeding programs every Saturday for impoverished children ranging from three to 14 years old. Ni-QUA’s bag prices range from PhP2,600 – PhP6,000. 

Photo Source: Ni-QUA

5Katre

Spot.ph describes Katre as a local leather goods brand that boasts of high-quality craftsmanship and genuine leather without the hefty price tag. Their styles range from hip backpacks at PhP7,300, classic totes at PhP5,500, and clutch bags for nights out at PhP2,500. Katre partnered with Kids’ Journey and Life Coach, Inc. to create an ethical tote where 100% of the profits go to children with special needs and autism so they can continue to attend therapies as part of early intervention.